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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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The organisers of the British festival Hard Rock Hell has announced the first batch of bands for this year's version of the event. The festival will take place at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales and will feature performances from former Iron Maiden vocalists Paul Di'anno and Blaze Bayley, as well as New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Diamond Head and Tank. Also on the bill will be Pretty Boy Floyd, Skid Row, Michael Schenker Group, L.A. Guns and Enuff Z'nuff.
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced he will be heading to Chile for a brief stint of tour dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
4/1 Teatro Caupolicán, Santiago, Chile
4/2 Rock and Soccer, Antofagasta, Chile
4/3 Coliseo Monumental La Tortuga, Concepcion, Chile
4/4 Arena Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt, Chile
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced the following upcoming Scandinavian tour dates in March:
3/11 2010 Club Virus, Örebro,Sweden
3/12 2010 The Cave, Stockholm,Sweden
3/13 2010 Backstage Rockbar,Trollhättan,Sweden
3/14 2010 The Rock, Copenhagen, Denmark
3/17 2010 On The Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
3/18 2010 Amarillo/Bepop,Porvoo, Finland
3/19 2010 Club Garage Royal,Vaasa, Finland
3/20 2010 Nuclear Nightclub,Oulu, Finland
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced that he will be touring Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine in April. The currently announced dates are as follows:
9/04 Plan B, Moscow, Russia
10/04 West World Club, Minsk, Russia
11/04 Konzertniy Zal GrGU, Grodno, Belarus
12/04 TBA, Brest Belarus
13/04 Gorodskoy Dvoretz Kultury, Chernogov, Ukraine
15/04 Ukrainskiy Theatre, Odessa, Ukraine
16/04 TBA, Ukraine
17/04 TBA, Russia
18/04 TBA, Russia
Pittsburgh's traditional metal act Icarus Witch is on the road right now alongside original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno. Icarus Witch are not only direct support for the full tour, but are also acting as the backing band for Di'Anno's full set, taking on double-duty every night of the tour. There has been a venue change for the San Antonio, Texas show, and an Aurora, Colorado date has been added to the routing since previous tour announcements. The upcoming Icarus Witch third full-length album "Draw Down The Moon" is to be released February 9th via Cleopatra Records/Koch Distribution.
The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:
2/08/2010 Limelight - Nashville, TN
2/09/2010 Vino's Brewpub - Little Rock, AR
2/10/2010 Red Eyed Fly - Austin, TX
2/11/2010 Smokin Aces - Mission, TX
2/12/2010 Zeros Hard Rock Club - Corpus Christi, TX
2/13/2010 Cadillac Bar- San Antonio, TX [*NEW VENUE]
2/14/2010 The Loft at The Palladium - Dallas, TX
2/17/2010 Brixton - Redondo Beach, CA
2/18/2010 New Oasis - Sparks, NV
2/19/2010 Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
2/20/2010 Galaxy Theater - Santa Ana, CA
2/21/2010 Voodoo Lounge - San Jose, CA
2/23/2010 Sports Station - Aurora, CO [*NEW SHOW]
2/25/2010 Reggies Rock Club - Chicago, IL
2/26/2010 Radmaker's Rock n Roll Tavern - Tolono, IL
2/27/2010 Emerald Theater - Mt. Clemens, MI
2/28/2010 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
2/26/2010 Warriors of Metal III Open Air Fest - Chillicothe, Ohio
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced that he will be heading down under this summer to perform a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand. This is part of his huge world tour of 2010 which will also see his return to the United States.
The Australian/New Zealand dates are as follows: More...
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced that, while his planned tour of the United Kingdom has been postponed, he will be performing a special one off show in his native country at some point this year. A message from Di'anno reads as follows:
"There is to be ONE show in the UK during 2010 and I expect to be announcing the show's details on this site within a couple of weeks so stay tuned.
"This is gonna be a sort of a special musical event and it is a one off thing, that I only intend to ever play once at ONE show in the UK."
Former Iron Maiden front man and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has issued the following statement about canceling his previously planned U.K. tour dates:
"To all my Mates Friends and Fans, due to being fully booked for the next two years I am unfortunately not going to be able to play the UK dates as planned during 2010. However I shall definitely get back to play some shows in the UK for the spring-summer of 2012. All the best, Paul."
Former Iron Maiden lead vocalist Paul Di'anno has posted footage online of his live performance at the Koseinenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on October 11, 2009. The video clip can be viewed below.
Former Iron Maiden lead vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced that he will be returning to the United States of America in January of next year for a headlining tour. Di'anno was recently forced to cancel his Eastern European tour after he, his bandmates, the support band and others were stricken with a virus. He is expected to record a new solo album sometime next year.
The initial U.S. tour dates are as follows:
January 27 - B.B. King Blues Club - New York, New York
February 2 - Volume 11 Tavern - Raleigh, North Carolina
February 13 - Backstage Lounge - San Antonio, Texas
February 19 - Romona Mainstage - Romona, California
Former Iron Maiden front man and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has issued the following statement about canceled European tour dates:
"On behalf of myself and the tour promoter and the two touring bands and tour manager. This is a statement concerning the cancellation of some shows at the end of the Eastern European tour. Due to extreme flu sickness of my band, myself, the tour promoter and tour manager (and our support band who were traveling on the tour bus with us) it was just impossible for the tour to be completed.
"We would like to apologize to all of our fans and the various promoters involved and we shall find a way (when we are all well again) to re-schedule those dates that were canceled. Very sorry for this unfortunate situation, but it was something that we had no way of controlling this."
Former Iron Maiden front man and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has announced that Thunderbolt will be supporting him in November and Cheeno will be supporting him during the German tour dates in December. The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:
Thursday 05-11 Mayday Club, Glogow, Poland
Friday 06-11 DK Slowianin, Szczecin, Poland
Saturday 07-11 CK Wiatrak Club, Zabrzc, Poland
Sunday 08-11 Progresja Warsaw Poland
Tuesday 10-11 Slovakia
Wednesday 11-11 Faval Music, Brno, Czech Republic
Thursday 12-11 Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
Friday 13-11 Club Palach Rijeka Croatia
Saturday 14-11 Boogaloo Zagreb Croatia
Tuesday 17-11 Music Hall Banja Luka Bosnia
Wednesday 18-11 SKC Belgrade Serbia
Thursday 19-11 Silver Church Club, Bucharest, Romania
Friday 20-11 Irish & Music Club, Cluj-Napoca Romania
Saturday 21-11 Zsivarany Zenehaz Kaposvar Hungary
Thursday 17-12 Stormwind, Ensdorf, Germany
Friday 18-12 Kubana Siegburg Germany
Saturday 19-12 Metalfest JZ Lukaz Lünen Germany (without Cheeno)
Sunday 20-12 Die Halle, Franfurt Germany
Former Iron Maiden front man and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has announced the following November European tour dates with support from Thunderbolt:
05-11 Mayday Club, Glogow, Poland
06-11 DK Slowianin, Szczecin, Poland
07-11 CK Wiatrak Club, Zabrzc, Poland
08-11 Progresja Warsaw Poland
11-11 Faval Music, Brno, Czech Republic
12-11 Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
13-11 Club Palach Rijeka Croatia
14-11 Boogaloo Zagreb Croatia
17-11 Music Hall Banja Luka Bosnia
18-11 SKC Belgrade Serbia
19-11 Silver Church Club, Bucharest, Romania
20-11 Irish & Music Club, Cluj-Napoca Romania
21-11 Zsivarany Zenehaz Kaposvar Hungary
Former Iron Maiden front man and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has announced the following two Japanese tour dates:
Sunday October 11th Classic Rock Jam, Kousei Nennkinn Hall,Tokyo,Japan
Friday October 16th Club Chitta, Kawasaki,Tokyo,Japan
Romania's forthcoming metal festival, Rock City Open Air, appears to have either cancelled or postponed. A message from black metal legends Mayhem reads as follows:
"Unfortunately, Mayhem will not perform in Romania next week as the whole festival has been canceled (or apparently postponed). We are deeply sorry for the fans who wanted to see us performing there. This is of course totally out of our control.
"A statement regarding the reason of the cancellation should be posted on the festival's MySpace page soon."
This news come after the recent news that Immortal, Blood Red Throne, Macbeth and Trail Of Tears have all pulled out of the event. The festival was scheduled to be held from August 20-23rd in Fetesti, Romania.
Former Iron Maiden frontman and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has posted some new videos online, which feature live footage from him and his band during his 2009 world tour. You can check out the videos below. Di'Anno will be on tour for the rest of the year and is expected to return to the studio in 2010 to record the follow-up to his highly acclaimed album, "The Living Dead." More...
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno has announced the following extra tour dates in Italy:
10/22 Bside Club, Cosenza, Italy
10/23 Target Club, Bari, Italy
Paul Di'Anno's other announced tour dates are as follows: More...
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno has announced the following extra tour dates in Canada:
9/11 Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
9/12 The Warehouse, Calgary AB, Canada
9/14 Wild Bills, Banff AB, Canada
9/16 TBC Canada
9/17 Mavericks, Dawson Creek BC, Canada
9/18 Better Than Freds, Grande Prairie AB, Canada
9/19 Billy Outlaw Inn, Slave Lake AB, Canada
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno has issued the following announcement about adding on a new tour date in Japan:
"A Second October Japan show has now been added: Friday 16th October: Club Citta, Kawasaki, Tokyo, Japan."
The rest of Paul Di'Anno's announced tour dates for the year are as follows: More...
Frontiers Records has announced the signing of Cain's Offering for their debut album “Gather the Faithful,” to be released on August 28th in Europe and September 11th in the USA.
The band is the new artistic creation of Jani Liimatainen, the guitarist/songwriter formerly of Sonata Arctica and Altaria. In 2007 Jani parted ways with Finnish power metal act Sonata Arctica, a band he has contributed to found in 1996 and to which he devoted his full time and energy for more than 10 years.
Following his departure from one of Finland's biggest music exports in recent years, all eyes were set upon his newest creation: Cain's Offering. “After parting ways with Sonata Arctica, I took 'a leave of absence' from the metal circles, feeling that I had not much to offer at the time and that I needed a break to charge my batteries” states Liimatainen. “After a year or so the hunger to play metal returned with a vengeance, and so I decided to put together a new group of my own. I gave a call to a few friends, and voila: Cain's Offering! Cain’s Offering is a collaboration of a world-class musicians and one of the best singers in the world of Heavy Metal. All of these guys are handpicked from the very best the Finnish metal scene has to offer and I’m very proud to have them join me in this band.”
Joining Jani are vocalist Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius, Kotipelto), keyboardist Mikko Harkin (Solution.45, Mehida, ex-Sonata Arctica, ex-Wingdom, ex-Kenziner), bassist Jukka Koskinen (Norther, Wintersun) and drummer Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula (Paul Di'Anno).
Drawing its musical influence from both the classic hard rock scene, the fast-paced European power metal and a very modern heavy metal sound, Cain's Offering is a perfect example of today's living and breathing Finnish music scene. “To me Cain's Offering is a perfect combination of the things I value in music: beautiful melodies, emotions, top-notch musicianship and some kick-ass Metal! Basically it represents music as I like to hear it; every element is in its rightful place. I feel that what we came up with has all the traditional values, that so many metal-heads, myself included, hold so dear, but with a fresh new twist to it” says Jani. “Lyrically the songs deal with very basic, almost primal emotions and subjects most people will be able to relate to … and … there are absolutely no dragons allowed :)”
“Gather The Faithful” includes the following songs:
My Queen Of Winter
More Than Friends
Oceans Of Regret
Gather The Faithful
Into The Blue
Dawn Of Solace
Thorn In My Side
Morpheus In A Masquerade