Former singer Paul Di’Anno’s medical expenses have been covered by Iron Maiden, bringing an 18-month fan fundraiser to a close. Di’Anno previously reported he required knee surgery immediately, which was scheduled for July 5. The fundraiser began in January 2021 and had raised approximately $15,000, or roughly half of its goal, when its organizers announced its conclusion. Di’Anno attended a Maiden concert in Croatia last month, where he reconnected with bassist Steve Harris. The singer in a wheelchair had just performed for the first time in six years. He had lived in Croatia for some time, where he received assistance from friends for his daily needs.
“I am thrilled to announce that the Iron Maiden team has generously agreed to cover the remaining cost of Paul Di’Annio’s operation,” said Kastro Pergjoni, one of the organizers and owner of the Cart and Horses pub in London, where the band played their first shows. His Facebook post explained “Not only is Iron Maiden the best band on the planet, but they also have an incredible team behind them. As a result of this wonderful news, I will end the fundraising campaign on June 21. I would like to thank everyone who has donated; you have all made a difference and made this possible for Paul.”
Pergjoni stated that it had been a “tremendous journey” with a “never-ending list” of supporters, mentioning Stjepan and Violeta Juras, Di’Anno’s daily assistants. “I’d like to thank Paul for having so much faith in me despite our disagreements,” he said. “Sorry, Paul, but all of my decisions were made with your health in mind. “If I’ve learned anything from this experience, it’s that the Maiden family is truly unique, and I’m proud to be a part of it.” DiAnno stated, shortly after spending time with Harris and Maiden manager Rod Smallwood, “Last weekend was absolutely spectacular… We had not met for quite some time. And it was fantastic because I reconnected with Steve’s sister Linda, whom I hadn’t seen in approximately thirty years. And then Steve was incredible, and then Rod was as well – it made my entire year. It was incredible. It was pretty incredible.”