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In his post-Maiden career, Di'Anno has issued numerous albums over the years, as both a solo artist and as a member of such bands as Gogmagog, Battlezone, Praying Mantis, and Killers.
In the mid-'90s, rumors began to surface that Di'Anno might be rejoining Maiden (after the exit of Dickinson in 1993), but the speculation proved to be false, as Maiden hooked up with former Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley, before reuniting with Dickinson in 1999.
By the dawn of the new millennium, Di'Anno was living in Brazil, still playing music (releasing his latest solo album, Living Dead, in 2006), and overseeing a hotel/restaurant that he owns in England.
Di'Anno is an atheist, and has a tattoo that says "666" and "GOD = SUCKER" on the back of his head. According to his autobiography, he converted to Islam in the 1990s after reading the Koran. However he has subsequently admitted:I think religion kills everybody. I don’t believe in it. ... No, my father was a Muslim, I must admit. But I don’t give a fuck. . In later interviews Di'Anno clarifies that he never was a true Muslim, that he never stopped drinking, but tried to become a better person by applying some of the Muslim philosophies to his life. According to his autobiography, he has claimed to be Muslim, Catholic and even Aboriginie.
The lyrics of the track "The Living Dead" (written by Paul Di'Anno and Paulo Turin) explain his current thoughts about religion. The song is about the suffering in the world that exists despite the fact that people believe in a God.
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Former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul Di'anno, has announced that his planned tour of the United States and Canada has been cancelled, after what appears (quite clearly) to be an issue with the American booking agent. A message from Di'anno clarifying the situation reads as follows:
"Due to a Snake (supposed USA booking agent) ripping everyone off in every way possible known to man (and a few ways not heard of yet) the USA tour will not be going ahead. After waiting and waiting and waiting and lies and lies and more lies (and then just a few more lies and bullshit) just like happened to many others before me - i have had to admit defeat to this lowlife and forget about the USA tour for now. As you can imagine, money changed hands over there in the USA (not my hands I might add) and keeping me suppressed was the best thing to do whilst it was all stashed away.
"My apologies to the American fans who have been let down and to the various promoters who got so badly burnt in this way.
"This slime bag Snake knows who he is (and so does half of the Metal and rock business) so lets hope his fall is a steep one."
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has posted a short message online via his official Facebook page, in which he has bluntly announced that he will retire next year. His statement reads as follows:
"I am gonna be 'Pulling The Plug' next year 2013, and making it my 'Farewell Tour'...it was good whilst it lasted. Details will follow in the next few weeks/months."
Di'anno began his career with Iron Maiden, with whom he recorded two classic albums before being let go. He went on to front a number of other bands including Killers, Battlezone and Praying Mantis, as well as releasing solo records. For more information about his career, feel free to check out our Sunday Old School columns about Iron Maiden and Di'annos post-Maiden career.
Canadian heavy metal trio Cauldron has confirmed a North American tour with Paul Di'Anno, which is scheduled to kick off in July. Cauldron will be joining the former Iron Maiden singer, along with Icarus Witch and Widow, for the extensive trek across the USA and Canada.
Cauldron vocalist and bassist Jason Decay comments:
"We're all looking forward to a nice summer tour across North America with original Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno. It will be nice to tour with our old friends in Icarus Witch and Widow again as well. This will likely be the last part of the Burning Fortune touring schedule as we're going to be concentrating on writing, recording and rehearsing for our next album. See you on the road!"
The preliminary tour dates are as follows (venues and more dates to be announced soon):
Jul. 25 - Baltimore, MD
Jul. 26 - New York, NY
Jul. 27 - Foxboro, MA
Jul. 29 - Albany, NY
Aug. 01 - Ottawa, ON
Aug. 02 - Toronto, ON
Aug. 03 - Detroit, MI
Aug. 04 - Chicago, IL
Aug. 09 - Vancouver, BC
Aug. 10 - Seattle, WA
Aug. 15 - Santa Ana, CA
Aug. 24 - Austin, TX
Aug. 28 - Tampa, FL
Aug. 29 - Orlando, FL
Aug. 31 - Raleigh, NC
Sep. 01 - Pittsburgh, PA
Sep. 02 - Akron, OH
View the tour flyer at this location.
While no explanation has been offered as of yet, former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'anno has announced that his planned tour of Australia, which was scheduled to take place next January, has been cancelled. Paul Di'anno has recently been posting new demo tracks online seeking fan reaction. You can check out two songs he recorded with Greek band Prassein Loga below. More...
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has posted a demo track of a new song online, entitled "Black Boots." You can check it out below. In posting the song, Di'annos Facebook page confirmed that a new CD is in the works, but whether or not, "Black Boots" appears on the record depends on how well it is received. Di'annos last album, "The Living Dead," was released in 2006. More...
In 1982, British heavy metal band Iron Maiden made what would be one of the biggest decisions of their career when they fired their singer Paul Di'anno and recruited Samson vocalist, Bruce Dickinson. As everyone knows, Iron Maiden then released their third album, "The Number Of The Beast" and subsequently became one of the biggest groups in the history of heavy metal. But what happened to Di'anno after he was sacked? Quite a lot actually...
Following his departure, Di'anno formed a self-titled band, releasing only one album, also called, "Di'anno," before breaking up in 1985. While touring in support of the record, the band angered fans by refusing to perform any Iron Maiden songs, instead focusing on their own material with a few covers thrown in. Before disbanding, the group was also able to release a live video, "Live at the Palace," which is now available on DVD as "Live In London." After his self-titled endeavour, Paul then found himself part of a new heavy metal supergroup called Gogmagog, which was intended to be a rock opera project. The band saw Di'anno reunited with his former Maiden bandmate Clive Burr and also featured original Def Leppard guitarist Pete Willis, former Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray and White Spirit/future Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers. The band didn't fare well and folded after only releasing a three song EP, "I Will Be There." More...
Paul Di'anno, the former singer for British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden as well as such bands as Killers and Battlezone, has been released from jail after serving two months for benefit fraud.
He is currently planning to embark on a headlining tour entitled, "Running Free Again." A message from the singer reads as follows:
"Back home again, and looking forward to Running Free Again, and seeing you all in a few weeks. Thanks for all the Birthday wishes too. Also, relieved to say, I managed not to drop the soap!"
According to the Daily Mail, Paul Di'anno (former vocalist of such bands as Iron Maiden, Killers and Battlezone) has been jailed today after being found guilty of benefit fraud. Di'anno was sentenced to nine months for claiming over £45,000 in benefits. He was told he would serve at least four and a half months of the sentence behind bars before being released on conditional bail.
Di'anno claimed he suffered severe nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working, but he was caught when Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) investigators spotted a YouTube video of him jumping around on stage during a live show in 2006.
The footage, from his own website and video sharing site YouTube, showed the singer energetically moving across the stage, putting his claims in severe doubt.
He admitted the eight counts of benefit fraud at Salisbury Crown Court on February 11.
Heavy metallers Powerwolf have announced that they will be taking part in this year's edition of the Rockharz Open Air festival, set to take place between July 7-9, 2011 at Airport Ballenstedt in Harz, Germany.
The confirmed line-up includes:
END OF GREEN
HAIL OF BULLETS
THE NEW BLACK
Former Iron Maiden lead vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced that he will be performing the self-titled debut Iron Maiden album from start to finish when he comes back to the United States this December. This is in support of the record's 30th anniversary.
The tour dates are as follows:
December 20 - Foxboro, MA - Showcase Live
December 21 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 22 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
December 23 - Baltimore, MD - Bourbon Street
December 24 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
December 25 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
December 26 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
December 28 - TBA
December 30 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
January 5 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
January 6 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
Some high quality multi-camera footage of former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno‘s performance at the Mylos club in Thessaloniki, Greece has made its way online. Check it out below:
Di'anno recently announced some Polish tour dates coming up in September.
Solo artist Paul Di'anno has now announced the following upcoming Polish tour dates this September:
Sunday 12-09 Hard Rock Cafe, Warsaw, Poland
Tuesday 14-09 Urania, Olsztyn, Poland
Thursday 16-09 Club Dekompresja, Lodz, Poland
Friday 17-09 Club Estrada, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Saturday 18-09 Club Grudziac, Grudziac, Poland
Sunday 19-09 Club Parlament, Gdansk, Poland
Former Iron Maiden vocalist and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has issued the following brief comment about canceling the previously scheduled tour dates in Argentina this coming December: "December Argentina tour is canceled and I am trying to bring the tour forward to October 2010, so watch this space." Additional details on rescheduled dates will be announced as they are made available.
Former Iron Maiden vocalist and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has issued the following update about performing three 30th anniversary shows in Japan:
"November 2010, 3 shows in Tokyo now confirmed: 30th Anniversary Shows. Featuring all of the 'Iron Maiden' album and also lots of songs from the 'Killers' album. November: Friday 19th Nov Club Cyclone, Tokyo, Japan, Saturday 20th Nov Club Cyclone, Tokyo, Japan, Sunday 21st Nov Club Cyclone, Tokyo, Japan."
The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced some more additions to this years lineup. The biggest news is that British heavy metal staples Saxon will be returning to the event this year and that German power metal veterans Helloween will be joining them. Also added to the bill is New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band Blitzkrieg and Swedish glam metal band Fatal Smile. The event is scheduled to take place in Prestatyn, Wales at the Pontins resort from December 3rd-5th.
The lineup now features the following bands: More...
The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced that this year will feature a special NWOBHM stage which will feature performances from some of the most revered names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The bands confirmed for this stage include Jaguar, Tokyo Blade, Pagan Altar, Cloven Hoof, Bitches Sin, Spartan Warrior and Marseille, who will be opening up stage 2 on the saturday, to showcase material from their forthcoming new album, "Unfinished Business."
The festival takes in Prestatyn, Wales from the 3rd-5th of December and is already nearly sold out. Other bands confirmed for the festival include:
Michael Schenker Group
Pretty Boy Floyd
Former Iron Maiden vocalist and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has updated his tour schedule with the following European and Australian dates:
4/13 2010 Gorodskoy Dvoretz Kultury Chernigov, Ukraine
4/15 2010 Ukrainskiy Teatre Odessa, Ukraine
4/16 2010 ’Amigo’ club Kherson, Ukraine
4/29 2010 L’ampli Billère, L’ampl, France
4/30 2010 Les Abattoirs Bourgoin Jallieu, France
5/1 2010 Pub Le Moulin Santeny , France
5/2 2010 L’Orange Bleue Vitry le François, France
5/6 2010 Le Cylindre Besançon, France
5/7 2010 Le Forum Vaureal, France
5/8 2010 La Niche Dommarien, France
5/18 2010 Mylos club Thessaloniki, Greece
5/20 2010 Patra Stones Club Patra, Greece
5/21 2010 Athens Rodeo Club Athens, Greece
5/22 2010 Notos Club Chania, Crete
5/28 2010 V.I.P. Tickets for: Meet & Greet @ 8pm Remedy, Paceville, Malta
5/29 2010 Trade Fair Grounds Naxxar, Malta
6/17 2010 Bar On The Hill Newcastle, Australia
6/18 2010 Waves Wollongong, Australian
6/19 2010 Gaelic Theatre Sydney, Australian
6/20 2010 ANU Canberra, Australian
6/24 2010 The Espy Melbourne, Australian
6/25 2010 Republic Bar Hobart, Australian
6/26 2010 Fowlers Live Adelelaide, Australian
6/27 2010 Amplifier Perth, Australian
6/29 2010 Rosies Live Brisbane, Australian
7/1 2010 Al’s Bar Christchurch, New Zealand
7/2 2010 Bodega Wellington, New Zealand
7/3 2010 Thirsty Dog Auckland, New Zealand
7/8 2010 Warmup Party (Guest) Rockweekend Fest Soderhamn, Sweden
7/9 2010 Rockweekend Festival Soderhamn, Sweden
7/16 2010 Music for Emergency Cenate di Sotto (BG) Italy
7/17 2010 Rockplanet Pinarella di Cervia (RA), Italy
7/21 2010 Musik A Manosque Festival Manosque, France
7/24 2010 Palagnedra Openair Festival Palagnedra, Switzerland
7/30 2010 Eventi Metallici Festival Baratili, Sardinia,
7/31 2010 Eventi Metallici Festival Sorso, Sardinia
9/11 2010 Muszla Koncertowa w Parku Saskim Lublin, Poland
10/21 2010 Waerdse Tempel Heerhugowaard, Netherlands
10/22 2010 TBA Netherlands
10/23 2010 Sporthal De Speelbrink Wijhe, Netherlands
10/28 2010 TBA Mini Tour Europe
10/29 2010 TBA Mini Tour Europe
10/30 2010 TBA Mini Tour Europe
10/31 2010 TBA Mini Tour Europe
12/4 2010 Hard Rock Hell IV Festival Pontin’s in Prestayn, North Wales
Former Iron Maiden vocalist and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has announced he will be embarking on a mini Greek tour in May. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
5/18 Greece Mylos club, Thessaloniki
5/20 Greece Patra Stones Bar, Patra
5/21 Greece Athens Rodeo Club, Athens
5/22 Greece Notos Club, Chania, Crete
The organisers of Britains Hard Rock Hell IV festival has announced that two more legendary British bands in the form of UFO and Uriah Heep, will be performing at this years event. The festival will take place at Prestatyn in North Wales from December 3rd-5th at the Pontins holiday resort.
The lineup for the festival is now as follows:
Michael Schenker Group
Pretty Boy Floyd
Former Iron Maiden vocalist and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has issued the following update about appearing at the Hard Rock Hell IV Festival:
"This December 2010 Paul Dianno will be playing his first UK show for many years at The Hard Rock Hell IV Festival. at Pontin's in Prestayn, North Wales from December 3-5. Di'Anno will be doing a special set, featuring songs from the first two Iron Maiden albums: 'Iron Maiden' & 'Killers' as a celebration of the 30th Anniversary."
Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts include Skid Row, Pretty Boy Floyd, Diamond Head, L.A. Guns, and Tank.