Old IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di’Anno will have her long-delayed knee surgery later this week.
The 63-year-old musician, who has struggled with several health issues in recent years, traveled to Croatia for the surgery, which will be performed by a doctor fan of Di’Annomusic.
Earlier today, Kastro Pergjoni, director of operations at Cart & Horses pub in Stratford, London, England where IRON MAIDEN made his live debut in 1976, shared a photo from him with Di’Anno and Paulsurgeon at Poliklinika Ribnjak in Zagreb, and he included the following message: Di’Anno fan. Paul you are in good hands â.
Di’Anno reportedly underwent surgery in 2016 to remove a “rugby ball-sized abscess” from his lungs and required knee replacement surgery on both knees after being involved in several motorcycle crashes over the years. Therefore, Di’Anno was forced to sit down while performing in his most recent shows.
A crowdfunding campaign to help Di’Anno the medical costs associated with his treatment recently raised more than Â£ 9,401 (approximately $ 12,500).
Pergjoni, who has been behind Cart & Horses since 2016, renting out the pub to building owners who are converting the beer garden and parking lot into apartments, discussed his fundraising efforts during an appearance in 2020 on the Uncle Steve’s Iron Maiden Zone Podcast. When asked if he had approached members of IRON MAIDEN themselves to contribute in some way or Di’Anno campaign, Kastro said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): âMe, no, I didn’t, to be honest, because I don’t want to put thingsâ¦ What’s the best way to say it now? It is not for me to go and see them, because I have no connection with IRON MAIDEN themselves. Even when I [need to approach] Steve [Harris, IRON MAIDEN bassist and founder], I go through his friends or his sister sometimes or close friends that he has to get stuff from him. But to go to YOUNG LADY for something that is related to YOUNG LADY, I don’t think it’s me personally, or Cart & Horses, who is contacting them. I would like them to come forward and cover whatever is left or say anything but I don’t think it’s up to me to go YOUNG LADY. Because [Paul‘s] has friends and is related to YOUNG LADY more than me, so if YOUNG LADY wanted, or if someone else wanted, they would have. But so far nothing, unfortunately no. “
Di’Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN – an eponymous effort in 1980 and “Killers” in 1981 – before being fired and replaced by Bruce dickinson. He went on to lead a number of other groups, including KILLERS and BATTLE ZONE, and released several solo records.
In March 2011, Di’Anno was sentenced to nine months in a UK prison after wrongly receiving government benefits for claiming he suffered nerve damage to his back which prevented him from working.
Di’Anno completed their first North American tour in early 2010, 17 years after being deported to jail for guns and drug offenses.
In a December 2019 interview with the Spanish website Mariskalrock.com, Di’Anno said he was lucky to be alive after developing a fatal infection several years ago. “I almost died four years ago”, Paul revealed. “I had sepsis in Argentina. I was very, very sick. I almost went home to England, then straight to the hospital. I have been going back and forth to the hospital for four years now. . I had operations on both legs. [haven’t been able to] walk for four years. It’s been very, very hard for me right now. Because of the sepsis, I keep getting infections, so they can’t do the operations on my legs and stuff like that when they want to do it. And it was very difficult. At the moment, I only have one knee. The other knee has been taken out, but there is no new knee put in place, so it’s a cement thing. But I want to play, obviously, but I can’t do it until I’m fixed. I haven’t stopped playing music and I have no plans to retire – I want to continue playing – but I have to get better. “
Elaborating on its recovery process, Di’Anno said: “I’m not getting better and better – not yet, until both knees are operated. The next operation will be to remove my left knee and replace it immediately, which I” I have to do to rehab to try and stand on that leg. And then I can sort of get around on crutches after a while, which would be fantastic. Maybe I should sit on the stage, but if I can stand up on one leg, it’s easier to fly and things like that. I might still have to wheelchair around a bit, but if I’m performing on stage in a wheelchair, at least I can jump on the crutches and then maybe sit back and sing along. But I caught another infection two weeks ago, that they won’t operate on you until you have an infection. Unfortunately, it will be the rest of my life, because of sepsis. I was so lucky. The sepsis hits you really hard, and on the plane back to London from Argentina, everyone was saying to me, “Hello, sir. Are you okay? Are you okay?” And I’m like ‘Yeah, why don’t you fuck yourself and leave me alone?’ kind of thing. I didn’t know I was dying. And when I got home and collapsed on the floor, I had my cell phone with me. I was alone, because my wife and children were there. America. I had the paramedics. They went downstairs and broke down my door and took me to the hospital. I spent eight months in this hospital … And you have 45 minutes to fill yourself with antibiotics or you will die. I almost got there. Eight months of recovery there, then in a nursing home for another three months, and then I moved into my new home, which is adapted for wheelchair users right now … And then it’s had bad luck with infections; otherwise I would have been operational by now. But they won’t operate on me for two years, with sepsis, because you have to make sure it’s completely clear. And now I have this other thing called MRSA, which you get by being in the hospital, which is unfortunate. o I’m waiting for the next call I get, which will be for surgery, and get things done.
Pressed to find out if he is optimistic about his return to the stage one day, he said Mariskalrock.com: “Yeah. Fuckin ‘right. If I can’t play music, I might as well kill myself. So, yeah, I’m fine. Like I said, once they took the left knee out. and put the replacement one, I have a rehabilitation to do. And the rehabilitation will learn to stand up and use crutches and move with one leg, because the other is a very complicated operation on the leg right … I’m waiting for the surgeons to call me. This operation will take about three hours to put the knee in place, and then it’s all the rehabilitation, rehabilitation, rehabilitation to strengthen my leg and [be able] stand on that leg, because the other one, I can’t put it on the ground, because there’s only cement in it. There is also no knee in the right, so that will be taken out. This one is a complicated operation – about nine hours. But that first, if I can stand on crutches and get used to it afterâ¦ I’ll be in the hospital for two weeks, and then everything will be in rehab, rehab – strengthens the left leg, so I can jump on them. crutches and move around. It makes it easier for me to fly and then I can go on stage. I might have to sit on stage on a chair, but at least I can get back on stageâ¦ And then, when they do the right leg, then I will have the right to do everything. That is going to take time. Unfortunately, they have not operated on for two years because of sepsis. And that’s a two-year gap. And now all these infections are screwing me up. “
Over a decade and a half ago Di’Anno Recount Jerusalem post that by leaving the YOUNG LADY juggernaut behind was the best thing that had ever happened to him, and that he had no bitter feelings towards his former band mates. “I absolutely do not regret having left YOUNG LADY “I wasn’t right at the time to be in the middle of it all,” he said. I was fed up and disillusioned; it would have been fooling the fans and myself if I had stayed. It was easy to get away from it and I’m very happy that the group got bigger and bigger. “
A few years ago, Di’Anno Recount Metal thunder radio that he was not so involved YOUNG LADY‘s songwriting as he would have liked. “Steve had most words and lyrics [to the band’s first album] all written. It was one of the cheekbones of contention that we had in the group – that I couldn’t write as much as I wanted. Because I’m actually a pretty prolific writer, but a lot of my songs weren’t accepted. Because it is Steveof the group, of course. “
He continued, âThat first album was a revelation, I have to tell you. It was amazing. And the second album, for me, not so much. That’s when I started to think about it. disinterested a little. [we] always [had] good times – really good times. “
On time, Paul also publicly displayed his anger towards his former bandmates, most notably at a press conference in Argentina in 2009 where he was asked about rumors that his drug use had something to do with his breakup with YOUNG LADY. “Where the hell did you get that from?” ” He asked. “I left IRON MAIDEN because they were getting too heavy metal, and IRON MAIDEN is a money making machine, and I don’t care. It was not about drugs; it was nothing like that. Me and Steve… I [wrote] the song ‘Killers’. Steve had [what he thought] were better songs. I thought his songs were crap. Nothing to do with drugs; Nothing at all. Check your facts or else this interview is over … I hate it! I fucking hate it! Because people … You say something but you don’t know. Well, I’m telling you. IRON MAIDEN is Steve harris‘s band. It doesn’t matter to anyone else – either David Murray, Clive [Burr], I am Steve harrisand all it is is money, money, money, money – no one else matters. And I wrote fucking songs 20 times better than hers, but I only got one song on the ‘Killers’ album because it’s Steve‘s – he must have this. Whore Adolf Hitler. I am not interested. So this is it. But you gotta take drugs when you’re with IRON MAIDEN because they are so boring. And the only drugs were aspirin, because Steve [making hand gesture as if someone is speaking into his ear]… fucking headache. “
Photos courtesy of Cart & Horses