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13th February 2011

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Paul Di'Anno is facing jail after he pleaded guilty to benefit fraud in a court hearing on Friday.

The former Iron Maiden, Battlezone and Killers frontman was apparently shopped by an anonymous person/s for claiming benefits due to nerve damage in his back which prevented him from working but a video posted on YouTube showed him performing on stage during a live show.

Paul admitted in court to wrongfully claiming benefits of more than £45,000, including wrongful claims of income support of more than £10,000 between 2005 and 2008.

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Department of Work and Pensions investigators saw the 2006 YouTube video of him. He was eventually arrested last year at Heathrow and charged with fraud.

At Salisbury Crown Court on Friday he was told to prepare for a jail sentence after admitting eight counts of benefit fraud. Honorary Recorder Judge Andrew Barnett said: "You have got the sense and courage to plead guilty to these matters, but you have to understand that they are very serious.

"Although all sentence options will be open, you should prepare yourself for a prison sentence - and an immediate one at that."

The court heard that from 2002 to 2008 he claimed a range of incapacity benefit, housing benefit and council tax handouts, by stating he was to ill to work.

He claimed to be suffering from sciatica, which is nerve damage to the back and can state that this is absolutely true. These days, Paul can barely walk unaided and needs to be helped on and off stage when he does perform.

Judge Bartlett adjourned Friday's hearing until March 11th for a pre-sentence report to be compiled and granted Di'Anno bail. The Department for Work and Pensions criticised Paul for abusing his celebrity status.

A spokesman said: "Benefit fraud is a crime. This money is intended to provide valuable support to those most in need, not line the pockets of people already earning substantial amounts from their celebrity status.

"Our welfare reforms and new strategy to tackle benefit fraud will make the system less open to abuse."

We wish you well Paul and look forward to seeing you back on stage when all this is over.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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