Paul Di’Anno will be retiring from the music business in 2013. The former Iron Maiden singer announced earlier today that due to a number of health issues, the next year will mark his last year on stage, saying:
“I am gonna be ‘pulling the plug’ next year 2013, and making it my ‘farewell tour’… It was good whilst it lasted.”
According to his Swedish booking manager Michael Salenius, there will be a lot of solo shows, festival appearances, and last but not least some Di’Anno VS Blaze Bayley (a fellow former Iron Maiden singer) concerts.
In 2010, Di’Anno had his first US tour since his deportation 17 years ago and in July, 2011 he played his first show after spending some time in a British prison because he wrongfully collected state benefits for an alleged nerve damage in his back that prevented him from working. In the end, though, a few YouTube clips of Di’Anno performing as well as new tour dates on his website led state officials to believe that he might not really be eligible to claim said benefits. So after a couple of prison stints, we will get to see Di’Anno, hopefully without any nerve damage but with other shows like these before Di’Anno retires from the business for good.