Kastro Pergjoni, operations director of the Cart & Horses pub in Stratford, London, England where IRON MAIDEN made its live debut in 1976, who recently raised £13,100 (approx. $18,000) so former MAIDEN frontman Paul Di’Anno can undergo his long-delayed knee surgery, has posted a new photo of the 63-year-old musician, saying that the “situation is only getting worse the longer it goes.”
In the latest photo, Paul, who has reportedly waited for seven years to get this surgery done, can be seen with massive swelling (edema) on both his knees, with one physician from Bangladesh speculating in the comments section that Di’Anno is suffering from advanced untreated diabetes and hypertension, thereby complicating his treatment.
Last year, Pergjoni discussed his fundraising efforts during an appearance on the “Uncle Steve’s Iron Maiden Zone” podcast. When asked if he has approached the members of IRON MAIDEN themselves to contribute in some way to the Di’Anno campaign, Kastro said: “Myself, no, I haven’t, to be honest, because I don’t wanna put things… What’s the best way to say it now? It’s not up to me to go to them, because I have no connections with IRON MAIDEN themselves.
“Even when I [need to approach] Steve [Harris, IRON MAIDEN bassist], I go through his friends or his sister sometimes or close friends that he’s got to get stuff from him. But to go to MAIDEN for something that is related to MAIDEN, I don’t think that it is me personally, or Cart & Horses, the ones to contact them. I’d love if they come forward and just cover whatever is left or say whatever, but I don’t think it’s down to me to go to MAIDEN. Because [Paul‘s] got friends and he’s got connections with MAIDEN more than I have, so if MAIDEN wanted to, or if somebody else wanted to, they would have done it. But so far, nothing, unfortunately, no.”
Di’Anno performer on two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN — a self-titled effort in 1980 and Killers in 1981 — before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson.
If you with to donate to Di’Anno‘s medical costs associated with his treatment, you can do that at this location.