Di'ANNO - Sets the record straight!
November 21, 2000, 15 years ago
Here's ex-Iron maiden belter Paul Di'Anno's reaction to rumours floating around the internet as to the nefarious reason his U.S. tour was cancelled a couple months back:"I just talked to my manager about it. This is really pissing me off, to be honest with you. You see, I've got a girlfriend from Brazil who is actually working in Providence, Rhode Island, and she called me up and goes, 'what the hell happened with this tour?' They said my work permit was out of order. I couldn't get it fixed up in time. The American government gave me permission to work in America, but I left something off I was supposed to include. They said, 'have you ever been in trouble and stuff like that before?' And yes I did (sighs). I did get arrested in America about eight years ago in the crazy days (laughs); it was over a weapons thing, yeah? So now these rumors are all going out over the fucking internet that I was supposedly beating my ex-wife up and I'm going 'shit, I didn't do that!' So we're going to put a disclaimer on my website about this. I'm really pissed off about it. So it would be nice to get my own story out for a change. But I really screwed up on that one. Because they say on the form for the visa, 'have you been in trouble before?' This is from the American Embassy in England. And I was advised by some legal people, 'oh, it was a long time ago, don't bother putting it on there. Leave it off.' Which is what I did and they wrote back and said you better do something about that. But by that point it was too late to get it together."