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Former Iron Maiden Vocalist Paul Di'anno Jailed For Benefit Crime

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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.

Source: Daily Mail

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

Busted!!! Reminds me of Ray on Trailer Park Boys. lol.

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 9:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. OlafBerzerker writes:

atta boy Paul, atleast they didnt have to secretly videotape you lifting all the empties outa your garage or shoveling the driveway. lets hope you get to stay inside for the ballhockey finals.

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 10:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RTB writes:

Translation, the guy is full of sh!t, and should not be taken seriously..
GET A JOB FOR F@CK SAKES!
This is even worse than panhandling..brutal

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 11:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brandedcfh420 writes:

WUHAHAHAHAHAHA......!!!

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 11:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. MetalFan420 writes:

haha thats crazy busted!.

@Blindgreed1 LOL "its the way she goes"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K_v8qQb3og

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. KMADD writes:

What a piece a sheeit. Fukk that guy. Bruce is the better vocalist anyways always will be.

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 11:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. hellrat writes:

oh no Pablito!! did ya hurtcherself sucking so fvcking hard??

don't get me wrong, i fvckin dig all his work with my beloved Maiden...but ever since he got canned, ol Pauly has been nothing better than a true gutterballing bottom feeder

and this fvcking proves it....now, off with 'is 'ead!! :)

i gotta go count some sheeps in the desert, and i'm gonna kick off the long drive with one of my absolute all time favorites: Charlotte the Fvckin Harlot!!!

later dudes! \m/

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 12:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. R Tenney writes:

What's worse HR he's been living off these 2 Maiden albums for years. Yea ole DiAnno;what a scumbag! NP: Sanctuary ;Maiden

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 1:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Rychemn writes:

Truly, truly sad......oh how the mighty have fallen.


N.P......The Prisoner.......Iron Maiden.

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 1:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. musicologist writes:

wtf with all the haters? must be jealousy. I didn't go to dianno's recent santa rosa show, but I consider bruce more embarrassing of the two overall. Powerslave tour oakland arena (way back), first song: bruce gets clocked by a thrown shoe, has to be convinced to return . lol.
killers=best of catalog

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 1:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. R Tenney writes:

Musicologist: embarrassing Bruce stories huh? Spring of 87 in Providence RI on Somewhere in Time tour Bruce says Hello Hartford. Umm sorry guy wrong city. He corrected himself so it was all good. True story. I was there. As far as catalog I slightly disagree. Piece of Mind closely followed by Powerslave but love DiAnno Maiden too so all is good!

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. thrasherrr writes:

the game...

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 4:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. IrishMetal writes:

Benefits wasters are f***in scumbags.

When I see non-workers living it up with plasma screens and game consoles and planning to have more children just for the benefits, I get pretty damn angry.

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 5:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. R Tenney writes:

Yes Sir Irish Metal! I hear u bud. Hear in US welfare@ food stamps are abused by f***in leaches with no pride. f***s eat better than I do ! I work with losers that make 40K a year that get food stamps ; fuel assistance; subsidized housing and such because they chose to have too many kids they can support! So yeah I agree with ya dude. A little class anger for ya there!

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 5:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. duncan hills writes:

all i can say is any guy who manages to cheat the conservatives out of £45,000 is a bit awesome.

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 7:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Diamond Oz writes:

Haha! I certainly agree with that! ^

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 8:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. silvermountains writes:

HAHAHAHA

# Mar 11, 2011 @ 9:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Mike Lomas writes:

f*** anyone who doesn't think Paul Di'anno is a God.
Who are you to say sh** about anyone.

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 1:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Mike Lomas writes:

Anyone who loves Maiden,
should bow down to Paul.
The first 2 albums + Maiden Japan
will always be Maiden's finest work.
...and if you don't agree....
then Iron Maiden wants you for dead!

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 1:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. citrus_tea writes:

^ 14. It's not like he lifted David Cameron's wallet.
As a kid I had a next door neighbour who made a career fiddling disability benefit. He just feigned a limp and put on a neck brace once whenever the local social services came calling. Never did a days work in the 20 years I saw him.
So yay well done to the Idle thieving c***. I hope his d*** falls off.

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 3:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. WOLF7 writes:

^ Must say I cannot remember seeing you around much during these 6years I've been addicted to MU, but great to see you around more now!

On the topic... Benefits are naturally meant for people who really need them. Of course ripping off the system might seem like a "cool" idea, but the fact is, these organizations are there for a purpose and it's great here in europe we have them, unlike USA. BUT the cold truth is, scamsters like Di'Anno raise the bar for the ones who really need the benefits and makes many in need look more or less "suspicious".

45000 pounds. Just think how much that is in every day life, where it comes from and who/what it's meant for.

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 6:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. alvarociglia writes:

The media always go after soft targets, to appeal to reactionary thugs.

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 9:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. alvarociglia writes:

One of the posts on here describes Paul as a bottom feeder the daily mail are the bottom feeders.Because they make a living fleecing the botched and the bungled.

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 11:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. citrus_tea writes:

Thanks wolf. I'm more of a lurker on MG....... But couldn't resist the opportunity to jump on my right wing soapbox .

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 1:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. spiral_architect writes:

bruce d***inson must be laughing his arrogant arse off! up the irons!

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 2:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. R Tenney writes:

Spiral: Bruce D. Is certainly arrogant. But also incredibly intelligent. Pilots license; incredible lyracist and I heard the f***er was recently certified and licensed to captain a nuclear sub ! Self made man right there! I prefer Maiden with Bruce myself but also like DiAnno stuff also

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 2:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. OlafBerzerker writes:

the judge should have ordered paul to play benefit/charity shows to work off dept.. now its 45 000 plus 4 months at the Hilton. cha ching$$$

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 7:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. R Tenney writes:

Yea play Maiden songs. Riding the coattails of Maiden ol Paul. He's made a pretty piss poor career of it obviously since he got caught being a b****; taking advantage of bennies! Face palm for working stiffs! Love to see if ol Paul could actually work for a real living!

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 7:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. OlafBerzerker writes:

hello out there. im Paul D and this is cb3 and tonight we will do seventh son complete

# Mar 12, 2011 @ 11:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. tallica_fan writes:

claiming benefits and loading footage of himself bouncing around the stage on his own website: not the sharpest tool in the shed now is he?

# Mar 13, 2011 @ 4:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. giagiaprezoni writes:

HAHAHAHAHAHA! That's fvcking hilarious!

# Mar 13, 2011 @ 2:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Mashui writes:

Well he was a great singer on Maiden's album, but he seems like a regular a-hole. Not to bright either,

# Mar 14, 2011 @ 1:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. R Tenney writes:

Thinking it would be great if ol Paul would serve his time on a Georgia chain gang ! Teach him a work ethic! Picking up cans @trash roadside would be a good lesson for him! Chop rocks with a pick also!

# Mar 14, 2011 @ 7:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Alex G writes:

I saw the man perform on stage in 2010, at the Big Bop. I saw him do things that clearly hurt him! And yet he pushed through the pain to deliver a great show for his fans. After which he used me as a crutch to get off the stage, and I helped him hobble back to the back stage dressing room. The only time he let go was to stop and talk to a fan, then he immediately grabbed back on to my shoulder, as we continued.
He's a true showman, he tries to appear invincible in front of his fans, but back stage he was in nothing less than excruciating pain!
I witnessed it first hand.
I'm a bonded Security Guard, I watched him take the pain and not complain once.
Fans support your man!
He did it afterall, for you!

# Mar 14, 2011 @ 7:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. R Tenney writes:

Waaa! Let him work for a living! Whistle ol Maiden tunes while he chops rocks or digs trenches!

# Mar 14, 2011 @ 7:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. ROCKCHICK(OLD LADY ) writes:

everyone messes up ..leave my mate alone grrrrrrrr

# Mar 15, 2011 @ 9:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. wilco writes:

he is just trying to make some money
at least he did not steal a bracelet

# Mar 15, 2011 @ 10:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. reverendkill writes:

Man I saw him play here in Calgary and he was the biggest douche i ever saw. Till then I loved the guy.
Saying Maiden was punk p***ed me bad, he is a little sh** who would be nothing to stomp on. Yet he thinks he is a killing machine. Total cokehead which I have zero respect for, and a right out mean little sh**. Plus that book of his has got to be the stupidest worst piece of literature ever.( well next to everything i type anyways)
He shoulda been thrown in jail for that. I read the first chapter and gave it away. It was funny watching him freak cause oly 15 people came to the show. I actually had a good laugh that night. He is a great singer but it all stops there, Maiden did the right thing getting rid of him. I wonder what they all think?? They have too much class to sink low enough to slam him but i am sure they have had alot of headaches caused by this guy. The way he treated his band and acted he is lucky he made it outta here alive. I know i wanted to take him out back but he looked so pathetic i didn't have the heart. He is where he belongs. And he is showing who he truly is. Maiden should redo the first two disc and wipe him off the board. The tunes they do have up sound way better with Bruce anyways. I am sorry if i piss anyone off here because i was a big fan of his too till i saw him, it is very disheartening.

# Mar 17, 2011 @ 2:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. R Tenney writes:

I agree with with your assessment above! This hack has been riding Maidens coat tails for too long! I wouldn't give im a red f***in cent of my hard earned cash! Sucks for u that u did! I disagree with u slightly guy; Maidens 1st had some punk leanings and influences. As far as his book? Probably a weak attempt to cash in on Maidens popularity! Glad I never read it don't want to! Sorry for your bad Dianno experience;but its buyer beware. Guys a true f***in charlaton!

# Mar 17, 2011 @ 3:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. hellrat writes:

the above two posts are simply excellent! you know me, i hate fvckers that tiptoe around and try to be all fvcking PC...call it like it fvcking is! that's how i roll...

too bad you didn't get to have a go round with that p!ss ant fvcker, RK...give im the goddamned calgary stampede :)

i tell ya what folks...a lotta places have a reputation for being so-called 'rough and tumble', but roll into one of our wild western cow towns with a sh!t style and a bad attitude, and yer gonna get the fvcking sh!t kicked outta ya

NP---Satanist---The Fvckin Crown

# Mar 17, 2011 @ 4:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. R Tenney writes:

Hell f***in yea HR! Those W Canada cowboys aint nobody to f*** with. Cowboy hats;big assed belt buckles etc these f***ers would f*** my big mouthed yankee a$$ up. Sucks that Calgary dude got fleeced outta hard earned cash but oh well. I actually entertained the thought of seeing ol Paul in Foxboro Ma. Glad I didn't! Tickets too pricey and work obligations. Oh well I gotta listen to them Swedes the Crown!still gotta search em out!

# Mar 17, 2011 @ 4:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Xanataph writes:

Big brother is watching YOU(tube)!!! haha

# Mar 18, 2011 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. WOLF7 writes:

^ LOL. My toughts exactly!

"Mr x, how can you possibly claim you have maintained sobriety while there's a video clip of you partying with beach babes in your undies with a bottle of Jack Daniels in your hand?"

# Mar 19, 2011 @ 5:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. HA HA HA HA writes:

HA HA HA HA PAULIE RULES HA HA HA HA

# Mar 19, 2011 @ 11:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. baconlord writes:

jail because of youtube. LOL.

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