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Paul Di'Anno

Live in Chicago, IL February 2010

Review by Greg Olma

It had been 17 years since Paul Di’Anno played in the states so there was quite a bit of fanfare surrounding this tour.  The band backing Di’Anno was none other than opening act Icarus Witch and they proved themselves as quite the Iron Maiden tribute band.  Their own set (also reviewed in this issue) has its fair share of Maiden influences but during the headlining set, they played it very close to the original style although at times, the songs were sped up a bit. 

Making sure to remind everyone that he was the original singer in Iron Maiden, Paul Di’Anno started off proceedings with a double hit of “Wrathchild” and “Prowler”.  Both tunes sounded great and I was surprised at how well, Di’Anno’s voice has held up.  Let’s face it, he is no Ronnie James Dio or Rob Halford.  He never was and never will be, but his voice still had that punky edge that made those initial Maiden albums so raw.  Before giving up some more from his Iron Maiden catalogue, Di’Anno tossed in a couple from his Killers band.  He picked “Marshall Lockjaw” and “The Beast Arises” from 1992’s Murder One record.  He did throw in “Murders In The Rue Morgue” between the two just to keep the Maiden fix going.  Title track from Battlezone’s second album Children Of Madness was next along with a couple more from his Killers’ days “Faith Healer” (yes, that is the Alex Harvey Band song) and “A Song For You”.  For the rest of the show, Di’Anno gave the crowd exactly what they came for – Iron Maiden tunes.  As quick as you could name the tunes, the band ripped through classics like “Ides Of March”, “Killers”, and “Phantom Of The Opera” before finishing the set with “Running Free”.


Greg Olma
 
Greg Olma
   

Making sure to remind everyone that he was the original singer in Iron Maiden, Paul Di’Anno started off proceedings with a double hit of “Wrathchild” and “Prowler”.  Both tunes sounded great and I was surprised at how well, Di’Anno’s voice has held up.  Let’s face it, he is no Ronnie James Dio or Rob Halford.  He never was and never will be, but his voice still had that punky edge that made those initial Maiden albums so raw.  Before giving up some more from his Iron Maiden catalogue, Di’Anno tossed in a couple from his Killers band.  He picked “Marshall Lockjaw” and “The Beast Arises” from 1992’s Murder One record.  He did throw in “Murders In The Rue Morgue” between the two just to keep the Maiden fix going.  Title track from Battlezone’s second album Children Of Madness was next along with a couple more from his Killers’ days “Faith Healer” (yes, that is the Alex Harvey Band song) and “A Song For You”.  For the rest of the show, Di’Anno gave the crowd exactly what they came for – Iron Maiden tunes.  As quick as you could name the tunes, the band ripped through classics like “Ides Of March”, “Killers”, and “Phantom Of The Opera” before finishing the set with “Running Free”.


Greg Olma
 
Greg Olma
   

The crowd was not going to let Paul Di’Anno go without at least one more song, so being the English gentleman that he is, he gave us two more Iron Maiden classics.  The show ended with “Transylvania” and “Iron Maiden”.  The sold out crowd loved every minute of the show and even though he went on very late, no one left until the last note was played.  If you are an Iron Maiden fan, you would not want to miss seeing Paul Di’Anno live, especially with Icarus Witch as his backing band.  It was a long time coming but once Di’Anno stepped foot on the stage and sang that first note, it was all worth it.


Greg Olma
 
Greg Olma
   
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