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Paul Di’Anno


Iron Maiden might have enjoyed their biggest business success with vocalist Bruce Dickinson in the helm, nonetheless it was initial vocalist Paul Di’Anno who played a significant role within the Uk metallic quintet’s early formative times. Born on, may 17, 1958, Di’Anno was raised in Britain — spending his teenage years performing in various rock and roll bands and operating like a butcher and chef. He befriended bass participant Steve Harris, who was simply looking to look for a alternative to a vocalist that just remaining his up-and-coming rock music group in 1977, Iron Maiden. Di’Anno used and got the gig, but occasions were difficult for the music group in the beginning, as punk rock and roll was at its apex in Britain, numerous considering metallic a lifeless dinosaur. But with the introduction of several fresh metallic rings (Def Leppard, Saxon, Motörhead, Judas Priest, etc.), Iron Maiden quickly found themselves within the New Influx of British ROCK movement. 1979 noticed the discharge of Maiden’s self-issued debut documenting, The Soundhouse Tapes, which immediately sold-out its preliminary pressing of 6,000 copies, because the music group built a dedicated following. Authorized to EMI/Capitol soon thereafter, Maiden lay out on conquering all of those other globe. 1980’s self-titled discharge quickly became a vintage and important debut, because the music group merged punk’s energy with metal’s riffs, offering because the blueprint for such upcoming hard rock styles as thrash and acceleration steel. 1981 saw the discharge of the sophomore work, Killers, and a stopgap live EP, Maiden Japan. But despite world-wide success lurking coming, Di’Anno was either booted through the band or still left by himself by nov 1981 (he’s since accepted that he was partying a tad too much around enough time of his departure from Maiden). As virtually any ’80s-steel fan understands, Maiden discovered a worthy replacement unit in previous Samson frontman Bruce Dickinson, and quickly became among the world’s best steel clothes. In his post-Maiden profession, Di’Anno has released numerous albums over time, as both a single artist so when an associate of such rings as Gogmagog, Battlezone, Praying Mantis, and Killers. Within the middle-’90s, rumors begun to surface area that Di’Anno may be rejoining Maiden (following the leave of Dickinson in 1993), however the speculation became fake, as Maiden installed with previous Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley, before reuniting with Dickinson in 1999. With the dawn of the brand new millennium, Di’Anno was surviving in Brazil, still playing music (launching his latest single record, Nomad, in August of 2000), and overseeing a resort/cafe that he has in Britain. Although he made an appearance on just two albums with Iron Maiden, their use Paul Di’Anno continues to be among metal’s all-time finest.

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Full Name Paul Di'Anno
Profession Singer, Entrepreneur, Songwriter
Nationality English
Music Groups Iron Maiden, Gogmagog, Paul Di'Anno's Battlezone, Praying-Mantis, Killers, Hollywood Monsters, RockFellas, Di'Anno
Music Songs Strange World, Remember Tomorrow, Women in Uniform, Transylvania, Wrathchild, Running Free, Purgatory, Phantom of the Opera, Charlotte the Harlot, Burning Ambition, Prodigal Son, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Innocent Exile, Sanctuary, Twilight Zone, Another Life, Iron Maiden, Drifter, Invasion, Genghis Khan
Albums Killers, Iron Maiden, The Worlds First Iron Man, As Hard as Iron, The Living Dead, Killers Live at the Whiskey, The Original Iron Men 2, Predator in Disguise, Menace to Society, The Soundhouse Tapes, Maiden Japan, Metal for Muthas, Iron Maiden Days & Evil Nights, The Early Iron Maiden Songbook, The Masters, Wrathchild - The Anthology, Beyond the Maiden: The Best of..., Best of British Metal, Raiders Of Rock
Movies An American Werewolf in Paris

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1 Contrary to popular belief, NOT Iron Maiden's original singer. They had two singers prior to Di'Anno who did not appear on any recordings.
2 After Iron Maiden, had a solo career, a band called Killers, and also played with Frank Noon best known for his work on the Def Leppard debut EP.
3 Claims to have written the original lyrics to "Killers" in the dressing room before their performance at Rainbow.
4 In Iron Maiden, was replaced by Bruce Dickinson.
5 Former frontman for Iron Maiden.



Metal Evolution 2011 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Top of the Pops 1980-1985 TV Series writer - 2 episodes



Me Me Me 2011 Cogmagog (as Paul Di'Anno)



Iron Maiden and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal 2008 Video documentary Himself - Lead Siger, Iron Maiden 1978-1981
Iron Maiden: Visions of the Beast 2003 Video documentary Himself - Singer
Iron Maiden: 12 Wasted Years 1987 Video documentary Himself / Lead Vocals
Iron Maiden 1981 Video short Himself - Performer

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Classic Albums: Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast 2001 Video documentary Himself - Lead Vocals 1976-1981 (as Paul Di'anno)

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