From Planet Rock.
Early Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno will retire from the live stage after one final concert this summer.
The 62-year-old vocalist, who fronted Iron Maiden from 1977 to 1981 and performed on their first two album ‘Iron Maiden’ and ‘Killers’, will headline the Beermageddon Festival with Ides of March on Sunday 30th August 2020.
Named after the instrumental opening track on ‘Killers’, Ides of March also features fellow early Iron Maiden members Terry Wapram (guitar), Terry Rance (guitar) and Doug Sampson (drums). Bassist Speed Harris from Iron Maiden tribute band Hi-On Maiden completes the line-up.
The band has been especially formed for the unique one-off occasion that will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Iron Maiden’s self-titled debut album.
According to Beermageddon, Paul Di’Anno has been advised by doctors to retire after ‘experiencing serious health difficulties’ in recent months.
Iron Maiden’s Paul Di’Anno, Steve Harris, Dennis Stratton in 1980 © Getty
They explained: ‘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 himself comments: “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!”
Terry Wapram adds: “Really looking forward to working with these guys. Our paths have crossed many times, but we never played together. Should be a killer line-up and a very special night.”
Jim Beerman, festival organiser adds: “Beermageddon has always been about creating magical moments, and as an old school metal head I can think of nothing better than closing this years festival with Ides of March, musicians who have played such a pivotal role in the history of metal, playing songs, from arguably one of the greatest debut albums ever released, plus so much more, it doesn’t get any more magical than that.”
Alongside lending his vocals to Iron Maiden’s first two albums ‘Iron Maiden’ and ‘Killers’, Di’Anno has co-writing credits with Steve Harris on the tracks ‘Remember Tomorrow’, ‘Running Free’ and ‘Killers’.
Beermageddon takes place in Stoke Prior in the Bromsgrove District of Worcestershire from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August 2020. Tickets are on sale right here.
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- Iron Maiden - Killers - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £45.00, $56.25, €50.40 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jan-2021 09:44)on January 20, 2021 at 11:39 pm
IRON MAIDEN Killers (1981 UK first issue 10-track vinyl LP, with A1/B1 matrices and 'Eddie' picture labels. The essential second studio album & first to feature the brilliant Adrian Smith, also the last to feature vocalist Paul Di'Anno. Includesthe classics Wrathchild, Killers & Prodigal Son. The picture sleeve has a some minor storage marks & scuffing around the edges, as well it might for such a classic album. The vinyl shows minimal signs of play EMC3357)
- Iron Maiden - From Here To Eternity - Poster Sleeve - UK - 12" vinyl - £35.00, $43.75, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 31-Dec-2020 09:16)on January 20, 2021 at 11:39 pm
IRON MAIDEN From Here To Eternity (1992 UK 3-track 12" single, also including Roll Over Vic Vella and a live version of No Prayer For The Dying, recorded at Wembley Arena on 17th December 1990, superb fold-out limited edition poster sleeve featuring a great goat of mendes centre-piece illustration surrounded by individual band member photos on one side, and a huge band shot on the other, Eddie is awol yet again. The sleeve displays minimal wear and has never been displayed, whilstthe vinyl looks barely played 12EMP240)
- Iron Maiden - Flight Of Icarus - EX - German - 12" vinyl - £30.00, $37.50, €33.60 (Back In Stock) (arrived 22-Dec-2020 08:59)on January 20, 2021 at 11:39 pm
IRON MAIDEN Flight Of Icarus (1983 German only 'Super Sound Version' 12" vinyl single with great 'Street Lamp Eddie' colour picture labels, also including I've Got The Fire - unique as the UK version was only issued on a picture disc; stunning picture sleeve of a winged Eddie shooting down Icarus with a flamethrower! Due to the thin paper stock used, the sleeve damages easily, however, astonishingly this copy displays just light wear with no splits or rips, whilst the vinyl has just afew cosmetic surface marks, overall an excellent example 1CK05207721Z)
- Iron Maiden - Holy Smoke + Insert - UK - 12" picture disc - £35.00, $43.75, €39.20 (Back In Stock) (arrived 22-Dec-2020 08:59)on January 20, 2021 at 11:39 pm
IRON MAIDEN Holy Smoke (1990 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single, also including the covers of All In Your Mind by Stray and Kill Me Ce Soir by key Maiden influence Golden Earring. The disc features a superb image of Eddie standing on a pile of burning television sets, complete with back picture insert 12EMPD153)
- Iron Maiden - Holy Smoke + Poster - UK - 12" vinyl - £40.00, $50.00, €44.80 (Back In Stock) (arrived 22-Dec-2020 08:59)on January 20, 2021 at 11:39 pm
IRON MAIDEN Holy Smoke (1990 UK limited edition black & silver label 3-track 12" single, also featuring All In Your Mind & Kill Me Ce Soir, housed in a hype stickered sleeve featuring a great image of Eddie holding a television above his head whilst standing on a pile of TV's that are on fire, with the 1990 UK tour dates listed on the reverse, complete with a superb 60" x 40" fold-out commemorative tour poster. The sleeve shows little of its age & the vinyl looks barely played, a fantastic 'near as new' example 12EMP153)