Kastro Pergjoni, operations director of the Cart & Horses pub in Stratford, London, England where IRON MAIDEN made its live debut in 1976, who was raising money for Paul Di’Anno to undergo his long-delayed knee surgery, has revealed that MAIDEN offered to cover. the remaining cost of Di’Anno‘s operation.
“I am very excited to announce that the IRON MAIDEN team have kindly agreed to cover the remaining cost of Paul Di’Anno‘s operation,” Kastro wrote in a statement. “Not only are IRON MAIDEN the best band on this planet, they are kind-hearted and supported by an amazing team. As a result of this fantastic news, I will be closing the fundraising on the 21st June 2022.
“I would like to express my huge thanks to everyone that has donated, you all made a difference and made this happen for Paul.
“There are so many individuals and bands who have worked with me behind the scenes on this tremendous journey. I’m so grateful and thankful to you all, I’d love to name every single one of you but it would be a never-ending list as there are SO many of you, you guys are incredible!
“I would not have made it this far without our designer Robert Stivicic, from the start to the end of this fundraiser, we have achieved some stunning merchandise — I’m sorry for being too picky sometimes (ok, all the time) but we got there in the end!
“WARHORSE bundles signed by Paul are still available, if you like to still help please order them before they all go.
“Also without Stjepan and Violeta Juras this would not have been possible, as they took so much of their time to help, organise and support Paul in Croatia, especially with his daily needs.
“I’d like to thank Paul for placing so much trust in me even though we’ve had our differences (sorry Paul, all my decisions were based in the best interest for your health).
“The one thing I have learned from this experience is that the Maiden Family is truly special and I pride myself in being a part of this.
“I can’t thank you all enough.
“Let’s all wish Paul all the best on his upcoming operations.”
Di’Anno performed 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.