Paul Di’Anno To Perform Songs From Iron Maiden’s First Two Albums With Firewind’s Gus G. During December Shows In Greece

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno will be playing two shows in Greece next month. The concerts will find the frontman performing songs from Iron Maiden’s self-titled album and “Killers” with Firewind’s Gus G. Here’s the dates:

12/14 Athens, Greece – Gagarin205
12/16 Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club Theater

Former Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di’Anno Undergoes Long-Awaited Knee Surgery

Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) has officially undergone his long-awaited knee surgery. This news comes after the singer was previously undergoing physiotherapy and lymphatic drainage treatments in Zagreb, Croatia. Stjepan Juras, a fan and author who has been caring for Di’Anno, issued the following statement:

“In short… the operation is over, the doctor is satisfied, he solved the problem. Paul’s skin is now being stitched up and he will be woken up soon. If the wound heals well, the operation can be considered a success.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Iron Maiden To Cover Remaining Medical Costs For Former Singer Paul Di’Anno

As previously reported, Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) has been undergoing physiotherapy and lymphatic drainage treatments in Zagreb, Croatia ahead of several knee operations he will be undergoing in July. Now, Kastro Pergjoni, the operations director of Cart & Horses pub in Stratford, London, England, has revealed that Iron Maiden will be covering the remaining medical costs for the singer.

Pergjomi issued the following statement:

“Announcement on Paul Di’Anno’s fundraising!

I am very excited to announce that the Iron Maiden team have kindly agreed to cover the remaining cost of Paul Di’Annio’s operation. Not only are Iron Maiden the best band on this planet, they are kind-hearted and supported by an amazing team. As a result of this fantastic news, I will be closing the fundraising on the 21st June 2022.

I would like to express my huge thanks to everyone that has donated, you all made a difference and made this happen for Paul.

There are so many individuals and bands who have worked with me behind the scenes on this tremendous journey. I’m so grateful and thankful to you all, I’d love to name every single one of you but it would be a never-ending list as there are SO many of you, you guys are incredible!

I would not have made it this far without our designer Robert Stivicic, from the start to the end of this fundraiser, we have achieved some stunning merchandise – I’m sorry for being too picky sometimes (ok, all the time) but we got there in the end!

WARHORSE bundles signed by Paul are still available, if you like to still help please order them before they all go.

Also without Stjepan and Violeta Juras this would not have been possible, as they took so much of their time to help, organise and support Paul in Croatia, especially with his daily needs.

I’d like to thank Paul for placing so much trust in me even though we’ve had our differences (sorry Paul, all my decisions were based in the best interest for your health).

The one thing I have learned from this experience is that the Maiden Family is truly special and I pride myself in being a part of this.

I can’t thank you all enough.🙏

Let’s all wish Paul all the best on his upcoming operations.
Paul – see you in Croatia!🤜🤛

Kind regards,

Kastro
Cart & Horses”

[via Blabbermouth]

Paul Di’Anno (Ex-Iron Maiden) To Undergo Long-Awaited Surgery Next Month

As previously reported, Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) has been undergoing physiotherapy and lymphatic drainage treatments in Zagreb, Croatia ahead of an upcoming knee operation. Now, it has been revealed that the long-awaited surgery has finally been scheduled for next month.

Di’Anno’s caretaker Stjepan Juras commented:

“Dear fans

After a long and intensive recovery of Paul Di’Anno in Croatia, and a series of treatments he underwent, the moment of great announcement has finally come. You already knew that Paul was facing three major operations, but now we finally know the dates. Paul Di’Anno will be admitted to the hospital on July 5, 2022, and all three surgeries will be performed on him for two consecutive days, after which the hospital recovery will take about two to three weeks. Hospital recovery and intensive care are followed by the second part of recovery, which is rehabilitation and re-learning of walking, which will be significantly improved in the first days of October, and by the end of 2022 Paul should be able to walk fully.

The first operation, or installation of the so-called umbrella in the vein cava will make a team of specialists and vascular surgeons and thus will prevent the movement of a large thrombus (blood-clot) in the abdomen and potential stroke or embolism. Operations of removing cement (spacer between bones) and installing so-called tumor prostheses or custom made bone and knee will be performed by an expert from the ‘Heatlh Center of Excellence’; prof.dr.sc. Robert Kolundžić, orthopedic specialist, subspec traumatologist of the locomotor system. The operation will be performed at the Clinic for Traumatology of the KBC Sestre milosrdnice or (possibly) at the KBC Dubrava.

Paul is very motivated and can’t wait for the big and currently most important change in his life to happen. The doctor who will operate on him is one of the authorities not only in Croatia, but also in Europe, when we talk about surgery of this kind, and the operation that Paul will undergo is the most complicated and difficult of all orthopaedic surgeries.

Although Paul will be cared for by a number of experts and the operations will be performed perfectly, Paul’s biggest ‘opponent’ in everything is his own body or his circulation. Namely, the circulation in his leg is not at an enviable level and with all the efforts that have been made so far, it cannot be much better, but they will try hard. This is the biggest danger that threatens Paul and he is aware of it. An almost identical thing happened to him before, when his body rejected the endoprosthesis, but in this case it is much worse. If poor circulation suspends wound healing from surgery and if custom-made bone rejection occurs, this will be the end of treatment labeled Plan A. Plan B would then be a leg amputation, but that doesn’t mean Paul wouldn’t walk. Moreover, the recovery would be shorter, and Paul’s movement better and more reliable. The only difference is that he would not have his own leg.

Paul is aware of all the consequences and is ready for anything. He told us that he had thought about that option seven years earlier, but due to a double infection with MRSA, it was impossible to perform. Paul is ready for option A and option B, but we all hope that after the barochamber and additional lymphatic drainage at the Ribnjak Polyclinic, the circulation will be better and that Paul’s leg will last and heal and that he will walk this year.

Paul has important days of psychological preparations for the operation ahead of him and now he needs the understanding of all the fans and only peace. In a few days my colleague and friend Kastro Pergjoni will also announce great and fantastic news to you. Please follow Cart & Horses FB site. We will inform you in detail about each course of operations in a timely manner. Everyone who has the opportunity please help us on this journey and buy the popular ‘The Beast is Back! – special bundle with ‘Warhorse’ DVD single + Paul Di’Anno special event t-shirt. You can order the bundle at: www.maidencroatia.com/warhorse

Thank you all
Up the Irons
Stjepan Juras”

[via Blabbermouth]

Paul Di’Anno (Ex-Iron Maiden): “Sepsis Almost Killed Me”

During a recent appearance on the “Još Jedan” podcast, Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) discussed the various health issues he has suffered in recent years. The singer, who has been undergoing lymphatic drainage treatments in Zagreb, Croatia ahead of an upcoming knee surgery, says he almost died of sepsis in 2015.

When asked about his current condition, Di’Anno said he is doing “better,” but went on to say that there is still “a lot of work to do” including “a lot of physio and stuff like that.” He also slammed the UK’s National Health Service:

“Fucking NHS sucks. I was a defender of them big time. But the nurses are awesome and all the workers. It’s the fucking bureaucracy bullshit — the management and the people who run the NHS are just total assholes. But the poor heroes — the nurses and the staff — they’re great, but their hands are tied. So they didn’t know what to do. They just dumped me.”

Di’Anno also added:

“I caught sepsis [when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction throughout your body] in 2015, and it almost killed me,” he said. “And I spent eight months in a hospital in England. You’ve got a crucial 45 minutes to get as many antibiotics in you before you die, and they managed to do that, which was great. Then I spent eight months in a hospital, and then another three months in a care home. And while I was in there getting things done, on hospital visits, I caught MRSA [Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, an infection caused by a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections] there twice, in the hospital. So that was it. So it kept delaying things and delaying things… And then they took this knee out put this cement thing in. And it was only supposed to be in there for a year. And the first time they put that in, it broke, so they cut me open again and put another in. And that one is still in here. And while it’s been in there this long, it’s going toxic. So, what the fuck are they doing over there at the NHS?”

“When I arrived here [in Croatia] at the clinic and they were looking me over, they found a fucking staple in my leg which was in there from the operation from four years ago. What’s going on? There’s gonna be a lawsuit, by the way. [Laughs]”

[via Blabbermouth]

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched For Ex-Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di’Anno’s Knee Surgery

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help raise money for former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, who is in need of knee surgery. The following was said about that:

“Paul waited for the past 5-6 years to get this surgery done but now it looks the only way to get it done and quick is privately. Please donate as much as you can so we can make it happen for Paul. We know times are hard for everyone now but every little helps. If we all get together we can make this happen for him.”

Ex-Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di’Anno Recruits Other Former Members For His Final Show

Ex-Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno has recruited guitarist Terry Wapram (ex-Iron Maiden), guitarist Terry Rance (ex-Iron Maiden), drummer Doug Sampson (ex-Iron Maiden), and bassist Speed Harris (Hi-on Maiden) to join him at his final show. The group, who will perform as Ides Of March, will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Iron Maiden’s debut album with a one-time-only set at the Beermageddon Festival in Bromsgrove, England on August 30.

Beermageddon organizers commented:

“This will be vocalist Paul Di’Anno’s final ever live performance. After experiencing serious health difficulties in recent months, Paul has now taken the advice of his doctors and will retire from the live stage in 2020 after the Ides of March performance at Beermageddon. It is going to take one mighty effort for Paul to pull off this performance but he is determined to go out in style and give his fans one memorable final thank you and goodbye.”

Di’Anno added:

“It’s been a tough four years waiting to play again. I hope to be standing for this show and I’m really looking forward to it. Standing up would be great — if not, hell on wheels coming to ya!”

Beermageddon will be held on August 28-30 and it will also feature Wired THC, Infected Dead, Kull, Netherhall, Absolution, and more.