Di'Anno - Nomad No More?
by Martin Popoff
Legendary (and very jolly) ex-Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno (www.pauldianno.com) may finally be ready to gather up his five to six thousand volume book collection and stake claim to a home, a home he's felt calling him for a number of years: Brazil. But forget pinning him down on CD, Di'Anno only recently knocking Battlezone on its head, in place, doing a Killers reunion tour, releasing a punk CD with his band The Almighty Inbreds, and most importantly, launching a new "Di'Anno" album entitled Nomad, a blast of caustic, conservative power metal that is garnering dirty comparisons with the Halford album.
But it seems that his love for Brazil, a country that has fired his career, is most firmly on his mind, Di'Anno planning to move back there soon, perhaps giving up his homes in the U.S. and England. "I'm probably going to be going back to Brazil for good, either towards the end of next year or maybe early in the year after. I've got my girlfriend down there, a family and stuff, so I've got to go back for that. Plus it's a hell of a lot warmer than England. And we've got some of our roots from Brazil in the first place. I absolutely love it."
Look for a surprisingly strong and varied vocal performance from Di'Anno on Nomad. "I don't know, I keep finding this... there's some sort of a rage inside of me, and sometimes it comes out. I don't know if I'm an angry young man anymore, but as I'm getting older, I'm finding that I'm more pissed-off (laughs). One thing I do know, as I'm getting older, my voice is getting better and better. I'm very happy with that. I don't know. It just seems to be getting easier, and I don't do anything to take care of my voice in any way shape or form to be quite honest with you (laughs). I wish I did. I still smoke cigarettes so I don't really take much care of it."
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