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Paul Di'anno

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From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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. [1]. 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.

Latest Paul Di'anno News

Below is our complete Paul Di'anno news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Paul Di'Anno Seeking European Backing Band

Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno has issued the following announcement about seeking a backing band for a European tour:

"I am looking for a European backing band and no individual musicians or bands outside of Europe need apply.

"Applicants must have lots of previous and current live shows experience together, plus Transport, backline, website, photos, audio & video images of their live performances, regular email & constant telephone contact and Great attitude.

"YOU NEED TO GIVE ME ALL OF YOUR DETAILS (TO THE UNDERLINED ABOVE) BEFORE I WILL REPLY TO YOU.

"No Superstars or Morons need apply"

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Paul Di'Anno Cancels Montreal Concert

Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno has cancelled his scheduled concert in Montreal, Quebec which was planned to take place on June 28th. No details have been given thus far. Stay tuned for more Paul Di'Anno tour details.

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Black Majesty To Enter Studio Later This Year

Australian melodic power metallers Black Majesty will enter the studio in August 2009 to begin recording the follow up to "Tomorrowland," tentatively due in early 2010 via Limb Music Products. Recording, mixing and mastering sessions are set to take place in Australia, Slovakia and Germany. Song titles set to appear on the new CD include: Two Hearts, Wish You Well, God of War, Witching Hour and Far Beyond.

Black Majesty will support Paul Di'anno of Iron Maiden fame on three of his forthcoming Australian tour shows.

Paul Di'anno Australian Tour 2009 - supported by Black Majesty:

Fri 29th May 2009 - Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
Sat 30th May 2009 - Hifi Bar & Ballroom, Melbourne
Sat 6th June, 2009 - Manning Bar, Sydney

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Sinocence Added As Support To Paul Di'anno Tour

Sinocence has been confirmed as main support to former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno on his forthcoming Irish tour dates:

Thurs 02-04 Ireland Electric Avenue, Waterford.
Friday 03-04 Ireland Dolans Warehouse, Limerick.
Saturday 04-04 Ireland Cyprus Avenue, Cork.
Sunday 05-04 Ireland The Spirits Store, Dundalk.
Monday 06-04 Ireland Whelan's, Dublin.

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Paul Di'Anno Looking Into Recording A New Album

Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno was recently interviewed by Australia's PyroMusic.net. He discussed a number of things including a new solo album, the influence of punk and his autobiography. You can read some excerpts of the interview below:

Pyromusic.net: I understand you have a new album in the works - what is the latest on that?

Paul Di'Anno: "We started to record it last year in Germany, but have since had some business problems associated with the production company involved with this project, so I may start another new album quite soon now. At the moment I am just concentrating on touring, as this is taking up 100% of my time right now."

Pyromusic.net: You were at the forefront of the creation of heavy metal as we know it today. What was it like in England playing metal when punk was the big thing and what was it like to see the music grow?

Paul Di'Anno: "It was in fact great for me as I was a fan of both metal and punk and very much into the punk attitude... somehow or other that seemed to shine through in the early Maiden days. We survived well throughout the punk period."

Read the full article at PyroMusic.net.

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Paul Di'Anno & Blaze Bayley To Play Romanian Show

Romanian rock festival Rock City Open Air will feature two former Iron Maiden vocalists this year in the form of Paul Di'Anno and Blaze Bayley. The festival will be held from August 20th - 23rd in the city of Fetesti.

The lineup is as follows:

Agathodaimon
Amon Amarth
Ancient Rites
Blaze Bayley
Brainstorm
De Profundis
Eastern Front
Einherjer
Ghamorean
Hanzel Und Gretyl
Hollenthon
Moribund Oblivion Sirenia
Paul Di'Anno
The Cold Existance
The Revenge Project
Theatres Des Vampires

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Firewind Confirmed For Rocktower Festival

Firewind has been confirmed for the Rocktower Festival, set to take place on April 11th in Lübeck, Germany.

Other bands announced for the festival include Ensiferum, Paul Dianno, Haggard and Korpiklaani. More TBA.

For more information, visit www.rocktower.de

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Paul Di'Anno Announces More Tour Dates

Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'anno has updated his tour schedule. The tour is scheduled to begin in a couple of days and the tour dates are as follows:

February
7 - Alte Brauerei - Annaberg, Germany
8 - Musikbunker - Aachen, Germany
14 - Ginásio Clube De Corroios - Lisbon, Portugal (special guest appearance)
19 - Dante’s Highlight - Helsinki, Finland
20 - Yö-Talo - Tampere, Finland
21 - Henry’s - Kuopio, Finland

March
18 - Scene 37 - Horten, Norway
19 - Old Sportsman - Sandefjord , Norway
20 - Comback - Drammen , Norway
21 - Norway Rock Festival - Arendal , Norway (kick off show)
22 - N Senteret - Larvik, Norway

April
2 - Electric Avenue, Waterford, Ireland
3 - Dolans Warehouse - Limerick, Ireland
4 - Cyprus Avenue - Cork, Ireland
5 - The Spirits Store - Dundalk, Ireland
6 - Whelan’s - Dublin, Irelend
11 - Rocktower Festival - Lubeck, Germany

May
29 - The Governer Hindmarsh - Adelaide, South Australia
30 - The Hi Fi - Melbourne Victoria, Australia

June
1 - The Basement - Canberra Australian Capital Territory, Australia
2 - Waves - Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
3 - TBA - Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
5 - Hi Fi QLD - Brisbane Queensland, Australia
6 - TBA - Sydney, Australia

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Paul Di'Anno Announces Irish Shows

Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno will be heading to Ireland in April from the 2nd-5th. Venues and cities are yet to be announced but will be revealed shortly.

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Paul Di'Anno Reschedules U.S. Dates

Paul Di'Anno has posted the following message online via his official Myspace:

"Unfortunately and due to reasons totally beyond my control it now seems that the entire USA tour is gonna have to be rescheduled until another period during 2009.

"I am really really sorry to the many people who have already purchased tickets and made arrangements to get to the tour and I am well and truly pissed off that this has happened, but please bear with me until the whole thing gets resolved and I'll be seeing you there in the USA soonest.

"I'd also like to express my best thanks, gratitude and appreciation to Chuck and all at Artists Worldwide for all of their hard work and commitment.

"More news to follow.

"Cheers, Paul."

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Paul Di'Anno Compares His Band With Iron Maiden

In a recent interview with Rockinnet.com, singer Paul Di'anno was asked what he thought of Iron Maiden in todays world and what performing means to him. An excerpt from the chat is as follows:

Rockonnet.com: What do you think about Iron Maiden (these days)?
Di'Anno: "Who cares!!"

Rockonnet.com: You rock more?
Di'Anno: "I think we do, yeah. We’re not here for money making. We play for very little money nowadays. I mean, we don’t need the money. I mean we sold; well I sold about 30 million records. So I don’t really care – It’s not about the money. We just love to play."

Rockonnet.com: Where do you have the biggest fan base in the world?
Di'Anno: "Well, we have been concerting Europe at the moment, but I would obviously say Brazil and United States. But Europe is fantastic because we did the Wacken festival three years ago - 45,000 people going absolutely nuts. We did Sweden Rock (recently). Fucking 100,000 people going absolutely crazy. It’s great. We win them over (the fans) where ever we go. I think what it is…not because we are great musicians and stuff like that. I think it’s because we are just normal people. You know. I think the audience, the fans and kids that come to see us understand that we are just a bunch of idiots that go out there and have fun. That’s what it’s about, really. It doesn’t really matter I mean. I’ve sold (lots of) records. It ain’t the money. It never has been and never will be. I’d play for hamburger and beer at the end of the day because I love to play. So that’s what it’s all about for me."

Read the full article at Rockonnet.com.

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Paul Di'Anno Seeking New Band

Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno has posted the following message online:

"I am currently looking for a great, great band (twin guitar lineup) that must be based outside of the United Kindom.

"I am ONLY interested in full band lin-up (NO INDIVIDUAL MUSICIANS NEED APPLY AS I WILL NOT REPLY TO ANY INDIVIDUAL MUSICIANS)... and band MUST have live shows experience. More...

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Paul Di'Anno Announces More North American Shows

Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno has lined up some more tour dates for his first visit to the United States in over fifteen years.

The tour schedule is now as follows:

November
28 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx (with ICARUS WITCH)
29 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx (with ICARUS WITCH)

December
4 - Farmingdale, NY - Crazy Donkey
9 - Cleveland, OH - Jigsaw
19 - El Paso, TX - Uncle Paulies
26 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach House
27 - Redondo Beach, CA - Brixton

January
3 - San Marcos, CA - Jumping Turtle
9 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon

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Paul Di'Anno To Tour North America

Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced his first North American tour in fifteen years.

The initial tour dates are as follows:

Nov 28 - West Spingfield, VA - Jaxx
Nov 29 - West Spingfield, VA - Jaxx

Paul Di'anno is curretly recording a brand studio album to follow his successful "The Living Dead" album.

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Paul Di'Anno Interview, Live Footage Posted

Brazil's Noize TV has posted brand new performance and interview footage of former IRON MAIDEN frontman Paul Di'Anno. The seven-minute clip, which was shot on November 19, 2007 at the Manara venue in Porto Alegre, Brazil, can be viewed below.

Di'Anno last year re-released his 2000 effort, "Nomad", with a few tracklist alterations, under the title "The Living Dead" (Cleopatra Records). The package comes with a bonus DVD that contains the music video for "The Living Dead" and an exclusive in-depth, tell-all interview in which Di'Anno discusses his days with IRON MAIDEN. More...

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Bands Announced For Music Is Motion Festival

RT Pro-Motion is presenting the Music Is Motion Festival next August, 2008 in Abbottsford, BC. Billed as "Canada's Best Metal & Hardcore Festival," the event will be held on one day (tba) and will feature TESTAMENT, PAUL DIANNO, AGNOSTIC FRONT, COMBI CHRIST and more.

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Paul Di'anno Discusses Anthrax Job

Rock N Roll Universe recently conducted an interview with former IRON MAIDEN vocalist and solo artist Paul Di'Anno. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Rock N Roll Universe: You recently released a new album here in the U.S., "The Living Dead", which is your first all new album in nearly six years. How do you feel the album turned out, and why has it been so long between albums with all new material?

Paul Di'Anno: The record industry is not what it used to be, so I shopped material for a deal just like everyone else...and I've been quite busy playing live the last couple of years.

Rock N Roll Universe: Also recently you put out "The Classics: The Iron Maiden Years", which consists of 12 re recorded versions of songs culled from the first two IRON MAIDEN albums. Now, there are some "fans" who have been very critical of this release, saying that you're still trading upon past glories by recording versions of songs you originally recorded over 25 years ago. What led you to the decision to put out the album, and what is your response to someone who might feel that way?

Paul Di'Anno: Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I've always thought the first MAIDEN album sounded awful (I know Steve [Harris] agrees with me), and I wanted to update the songs a bit. I'm hardly making any money of it, so it's not like I rip anyone off.

Rock N Roll Universe: It's been over 25 years since the first MAIDEN album came out, which makes the band eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Is that something which you would like to see happen, and what do you feel your chances would be to be inducted as well? What are your feelings regarding all of that?

Paul Di'Anno: Don't really care for stuff like that. We got enough respect from our fans, and that's more than enough.

Rock N Roll Universe: How would you rate your vocal successors in IRON MAIDEN, Paul?

Paul Di'Anno: MAIDEN is a very different band with Bruce. He's great though. But I do the early stuff better, I think.

Rock N Roll Universe: Several months back there was an online petition started by fans of ANTHRAX to get the members of that band to consider you as the next vocalist for the band. What's your opinion regarding that, and if you were asked by the band, would you consider joining?

Paul Di'Anno: I don't mind. ANTHRAX is a great band, and Scott [Ian] is a great bloke. But I don't think I'm the man for the job.

Rock N Roll Universe: You've been in the business for over three decades now. Are there any goals, musically or otherwise that you'd still like to achieve?

Paul Di'Anno: I really want to make a classic crooner album...some old +Elvis tunes, Sinatra...I'm not kidding!

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Armored Saint Schedules California Concert

Legendary California metallers ARMORED SAINT will play at Viper Room in Hollywood on May 19. This will be a warm-up gig for the band's appearance at this year's edition of the Rock Hard Festival, which will be held May 25-27 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands scheduled to perform at the Rock Hard Festival include AMON AMARTH, DARK FUNERAL, DEATH ANGEL, GRAVE DIGGER, HAMMERFALL, PAUL DI'ANNO, ROSS THE BOSS and THIN LIZZY.

ARMORED SAINT played a number a European and U.S. dates last summer, some of which were taped for the band's upcoming live DVD. It is not presently clear if plans exist for the group to begin work on a new studio album. ARMORED SAINT's last CD, "Revelation", came out in 2000 on the Metal Blade label.

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Paul Di'anno's New Recordings Of 'Classic Maiden'

According to a posting on MaidenNorway.com, former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno has just released a "brand new classic studio album." The CD, entitled "Paul DiAnno - The Classics", is subtitled "The Maiden Years". It features brand new 48-track digital recordings from 2006 of the following songs:

01. Wrathchild
02. Strange World
03. Charlotte The Harlot
04. Killers
05. Prowler
06. Murders In The Rue Morgue
07. Running Free
08. Remember Tomorrow
09. Phantom Of The Opera
10. Sanctuary
11. Women In Uniform
12. Iron Maiden

Only 150 collectors' CD copies are available worldwide, and orders are limited to one per person. The only way to get your hands on this gem is to visit Paul Di'Anno's online store.

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Paul Di'anno Sets Release Date For New Album

Paul Di'anno has set the release date for his new album "The Living Dead" for May 16, 2006 via Magick Records. On The Living Dead, Dianno delivers a powerful vocal performance over classic metal bombast, a long-overdue comeback that will surely please old school metal fans as well as show the current generation exactly why they're wearing vintage Maiden jerseys.

The tracklisting is as follows:

The Living Dead
Mad Man In The Attic
War Machine
Brothers of The Tomb
P.O.V. 2005
Nomad
S.A.T.A.N.
Cold World
Do Or Die
Dog Dead
Symphony of Destruction

bonus tracks:
Wrathchild
Phantom of the Opera

The bonus DVD contains the music video of The Living Dead and an exclusive in-depth, tell all interview of Paul discussing his storied days with Iron Maiden.

You can view photos and the CD cover here and watch a clip of the new Video "The Living Dead" here.

After putting Iron Maiden on the map as the vocalist on the band's first two releases, (Iron Maiden and Killers) front man Paul Dianno went on to front several bands including Gogmagog, Battlezone and Killers. Overall, the vocalist has been featured on over 60 albums released world-wide.

Dianno is constantly touring throughout all of Europe, Canada, South America and just recently in India where he landed his first film role in a Bollywood movie. Dianno has even found time to pen his first full sized book, an autobiography entitled The Beast which is a no holds barred journey through his turbulent and often disturbing lifestyle throughout the last two decades, including his incarceration in the Los Angeles Prison System and being barred from the U.S.A.

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