Less than a week after the announcement of Paul Di'Anno's canceled U.S. tour, Nashville-based Mind's I Entertainment has reached an agreement to represent the former IRON MAIDEN vocalist in the U.S. and Canada. Included are plans for a U.S. and Canadian tour.
"I'm a big fan of Paul's and I hated to hear his tour was canceled," stated Mark Warner, Mind's I Entertainment owner. "I hated it so much, I decided to do something about it. Paul is a great musician, a great guy and one of the great metal voices of our time. I won't let fans be disappointed by poor decisions made by others."
Initial plans are for Paul Di'Anno's tour to kick off in Nashville in late January 2014, covering the U.S., then into Canada by late February. Additionally, Paul will be making a substantial number of personal appearances, interviews and surprise performances with other musicians while on tour.
Di'Anno completed his first North American tour in early 2010, 17 years after he was deported following a prison term for guns and drug offenses.
On August 27, 2011, Di'Anno played his first show since serving time in a U.K. prison after he falsely collected U.K. government benefits by claiming he suffered nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working.
Due to a number of health issues, including a knee problem which will require surgery soon, Di'Anno announced in July 2012 that he would stop touring in 2013.
Michael Salenius, Di'Anno's Swedish booking manager and tour manager, told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that 2013 would be "a big, fantastic" last touring year for Paul, with a lot of solo shows, festival appearances and Di'Anno vs. Blaze Bayley concerts. You will also see various guest musicians joining Paul on stage."
Fan-filmed video footage of Paul Di'Anno's July 10 performance at Lilla Torg in Malmö, Sweden can be seen below.
Di'Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records.