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  PAUL DI'ANNO
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
27th March 2014


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Living in South East Asia, it's not easy to overlook the fact that a Metal concert is either going to be a "core" oriented show or proper extreme Metal that shreds every note like the wall street shreds dreams.

In the past I've had to travel from my hometown of Bangkok to Bali in 2011 to catch Iron Maiden, and to Singapore to watch Judas Priest in 2012. On both occasions I've spent shit loads of money, got way too drunk and been close to getting my ass kicked in a foreign country – all for a good cause.

So it's no surprise that when promoters released the posters for the Paul Di'Anno shows that were to take place in Singapore and Ho Chi Minh (which I am just going to call Saigon here for unexplainable reasons) – I knew I had to make a move. Since I had never been to Saigon, and Singapore is a rather expensive place, I booked my flight to Vietnam.

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Disclaimer: This may contain information about Paul Di'Anno. Any anti-Paul Maiden fans had better skip to the next article.

My friends and I arrived in Saigon on the evening of 26th March and checked into the Mai Anh hotel. The arrangements were made by my friend Mr Khoung Le (or "K" as he would have us call him), who is the promoter for Paul in Saigon and the founding member of Vanity Production, and in the past has hosted bands like Cthonic, Chelsea Grin, Rome (Jerome Reuter), and other acts in this Metal hell hole, where you must have the band perform in front of a panel from the ministry of culture, and all the lyrics translated into Vietnamese... or bribe 'em.

I'm still waiting for the video of grindcore band Wormrot auditioning in front of withered old men who've probably been in their seats since the Vietnam war.

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The Singaporean event was handled by Street Noise Productions that is run by Eric Poh and has hosted bands like Havok, Lord, and many other bands. Eric also came along to Saigon and we enjoyed beers and spicy chicken wings together.

The event took place at the Hard Rock Café Ho Chi Minh where indoor smoking is permitted! The show started off with local band Mephonic playing a blend of melodic and chopping guitar riffs and the surprise of a clear yet aggressive singing frontman performing the songs in Vietnamese and blowing the crowd away with interesting and banging songs.

The guitarist happened to be a fellow Charvel/Jackson lover so we hit it off nicely after the show. The next band to perform was Sagometal. They started off with an extreme Metal vibe but during the set introduced a musical interlude which was infused with oriental melodies that was played by a veteran rocker with an Army-like outfit. This was a bizarre but interesting feast to the sensations.

Up next were Steel Saigon, screaming 80s steel from every pore. Interestingly, the guys in the band are all Japanese and have been living in Saigon for a few years. The band had a great audience interaction, getting the crowd to sing along and raising their fists.

By the time my bottle of Jim Beam was over it was time for Paul Di'Anno to get his show going. The setlist mainly focused on the first two albums of Iron Maiden and the supporting band was Suicide Solution from Singapore. This band has already released three full lengths in Singapore, and with a crunchy song named 'Drugs n' Kisses', theirs is a sound that is going to please the lover of 80s Metal.

The first few songs saw some technical difficulties, and the show was briefly put on hold to fix these up. After the first three-four songs, the show took off like a steam engine and the next hour and a half (or whatever of it that could be remembered the next morning) went by like a thunderstorm.

Yours truly was up front headbanging with the rest of them, and may have angered a boyfriend or two (blame it on the Bourbon.) By the time the show finished we were all exhausted, burning in sweat and the sole of my shoe had come off.

Despite his age, poor health and the fact that he now walks with a skull-headed staff, the man can still sing. His energy didn't drop during the whole show, even though he had to sit for a bit because his knee was acting up.

All the songs were performed with energy and interest and I'm sure all the fans of the first two Maiden albums would appreciate getting to listen to these songs live - most of which the current line-up have put away in the treasure chest – I know I did.

There is much dispute over Paul's personality and attitude in the media, but when it comes to the energy and delivery, one wouldn't be disappointed. The sound inside the Hard Rock Café was great and the staff really friendly and helpful!

My team spent two more days in Saigon, shopping, eating and drinking 50 cent beers on the side of the road. Paul was two doors down from us in the hotel and we shared a couple of meals together. During the course of my stay I had a few brief and casual interviews with Paul which will be put up separately.

On the last night, yours truly found himself drinking with the boys of Suicide Solution, taking over the computer at the Lulu bar and turning it into a five-hour Karaoke session, screaming tunes from Dokken to Judas Priest to Rod Stewart till about seven in the morning.

I extend a warm appreciation to the hospitality shown by K and Lee from Vanity Production, Vietnam. K made sure that we all (including Paul and Suicide Solution) tried local foods and local places. We left Saigon with great memories and vow to return.

The food was great, the drinks were cheap and the hospitality heartfelt. And when it comes to women in uniform, Vietnamese girls know how it's done.

Setlist for Paul Di'Anno – 'Beast In The Far East' 2014 show in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 27th March 2014.

1. Sanctuary
2. Prowler
3. Wrathchild
4. Purgatory
5. Marshall Lokjaw (Killers)
6. Murders In The Rue Morgue
7. The Beast Arises (Killers)
8. Children Of Madness (Paul Di'Anno's Battlezone)
9. Ides Of March
10. Remember Tomorrow
11. Charlotte The Harlot
12. Killers
13. Phantom Of The Opera 14. Iron Maiden
- Encore -
15. Transylvania
16. Running Free
17. Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones)




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all that remains ALL THAT REMAINS LAUNCH #thisprobablywontendwell PICTURE COMPETITION
This unique competition marks the release of new studio album 'The Order Of Things' out on Feb 23rd...

titanfest TITANFEST ANNOUNCED FOR MAY IN LONDON - FIRST BANDS REVEALED
Titanfest now sees some of the most respected and time-hardened Metal musicians working side by side with the next generation of the emerging UK Metal scene...

joe lynn turner JOE LYNN TURNER ANNOUNCES UK AND NORTHERN IRELAND DATES THIS SPRING
Legendary rock and roll singer Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow and Deep Purple fame is pleased to confirm details of his intimate acoustic 'An Evening With...' tour...

wildfire festival EXCLUSIVE: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES FIFTY BAND LINE-UP
Wildfire is known for bringing the best in Scottish talent to Wiston Lodge, and there is one name everyone at Wildfire HQ agreed should be on the bill...

kiss KISS GET ANIMATED IN COLLABORATION WITH J-POP IDOLS MOMOIRO CLOVER Z!
Just when you thought the Metal world had gone insane enough with Babymetal...

ronnie james dio RONNIE JAMES DIO FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will include a public memorial service, a celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ...

walkway WALKWAY RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 'STREETWISE'
The single is the first release from their second studio album. Walkway will support Status Quo in June 2015...

motley crue MOTLEY CRUE REVEAL DATE OF FINAL SHOW AND FINAL TOUR LAST LEG DETAILS: NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW
Motley Crue are also in the process of putting together the ultimate collector's album package...

art of anarchy PRESENTING ART OF ANARCHY FEATURING SCOTT WEILAND, BUMBLEFOOT, JOHN MOYER OF DISTURBED AND JON AND VINCE VOTTA
Poised to become one of the biggest new bands of 2015, Art Of Anarchy is redefining the rock supergroup...

jettblack JETTBLACK RETURN WITH A BRAND NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
Jettblack get serious in 2015, kicking things off with a headline tour and new single in February...

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS FANS PERFORM PUBLIC SEX ACT LIVE ON STAGE
"This was something definitely different to see at a punk concert..."

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW'S MISSING TRACK FINALLY RELEASED! A MESSAGE FROM DR HELL!
Evil Scarecrow have just released a new, old version of 'Robototron', which they feel is the definitive version of their most popular track...

eddie and the hot rods BREAKING NEWS: ORIGINAL EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS LINE-UP REFORM FOR 40th ANNIVERSARY
This will be the first time all original members have played a full show together for over thirty years...

carthagods CARTHAGODS TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING TIM "RIPPER" OWENS, RON THAL AND MARK JANSEN
"It's been a long time that we look for this occasion to finally satisfy our fans..."

paddy goes to holyhead EXCLUSIVE: PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD ANNOUNCE FINAL CONCERT FOR ST PATRICK'S NIGHT
Sadly it's the end of an era as Paddy Goes To Holyhead have announced that they are to play their final gig...

grateful dead BREAKING NEWS: GRATEFUL DEAD TO RE-UNITE FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL CONCERTS
The reunion, billed "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead", will feature the band's surviving members...

nazareth BREAKING NEWS: VOCALIST LINTON OSBOURNE LEAVES NAZARETH
"I am no longer a member of Nazareth. It didn't work out, for me, or for the band..."

lordi LORDI ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR TOUR FORCE ONE
Lordi bring 'Scare Force One' to the UK for ten dates in the Spring...

nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL TRACKLIST & FORMATS OF 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL'
The new studio album, released on 30th March, is available in several tasty formats...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN LEADER STEVE HARRIS' MANSION BACK ON THE MARKET AT KNOCKDOWN PRICE
The mansion boasts its own pub called the Horse and Cart as well as an indoor swimming pool...

pete way EXCLUSIVE: ALL PARTIES IN BATTLE BETWEEN FIN MUIR AND PETE WAY OF WAYSTED GIVE A RESPONSE
"I can confirm that this appalling defamation is completely without foundation..."

death angel DEATH ANGEL ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE SHOW AND DATES WITH QUEENSRYCHE AND ARMORED SAINT
Los Angeles Heavy Metal legends Armored Saint will join both acts for a special London show at the Electric Ballroom...

udo dirkschneider U.D.O. TO PLAY ENGLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DONKEY'S YEARS
Germany's favourite rock god Udo Dirkschneider has announced three exclusive shows for the UK...

california breed CALIFORNIA BREED HAS GONE THE WAY OF BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION
After a great first album, the departure of a superstar drummer, and very little touring, California Breed is extinct...

kamelot KAMELOT SIGNS TO NAPALM RECORDS; NEW ALBUM AND TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
In support of this highly anticipated release, Kamelot will hit the road for select UK shows, followed by a massive North America Tour...

the gentle storm ARJEN LUCASSEN AND ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN'S NEW BAND THE GENTLE STORM REVEAL TOUR DATES AND ALBUM DETAILS
"We'll perform some Ayreon classics together and premiere a couple of songs that will be on our upcoming album..."

jimmy page JIMMY PAGE IN FIGHT WITH ROBBIE WILLIAMS OVER HOUSE RENOVATION
The pair are neighbours and have fallen out over Williams' plans to revamp his multi-million pound mansion...

hard rock hell SAXON ANNOUNCED FOR HARD ROCK HELL 9 WITH ROCK GODDESS, PIG IRON AND MORE
Hard Rock Hell, aptly titled 'House of Horrors', are pleased to welcome Heavy Metal Titans Saxon back into their realm...

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL TO RELEASE 7INCH & DIGITAL SINGLE 'NAIL THEM TO THE CROSS' IN FEBRUARY
The single is available as a hand-numbered 7inch limited edition of which 500 copies are on black vinyl and 500 on blue vinyl...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ TO RELEASE BRAND NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM ON MARCH 9th VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
Santa Cruz will also play five UK dates as main support to Amaranthe...

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG TO HEADLINE GARAGE DAYZ RE-VISITED ALL DAYER IN LONDON
A mouth watering bill not only from bands that were a huge influence to bands like Metallica and Megadeth....

truffle TRUFFLE TO PLAY SPECIAL SOUTH COAST GIG WITH SIEGE, TOLEDO STEEL AND KODIAK JACK
Tickets are priced at only $7.50 for a night that promises to be full of faces from the area past and present....

ensiferum ENSIFERUM UNLEASH TWO NEW VIDEOS ON EVE OF LAUNCH ON NEW ALBUM
Today Ensiferum unveils the official new video for 'One Man Army''s title track as well as an in-depth "making of" clip...

autograph AUTOGRAPH RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG IN OVER 25 YEARS
Simply put, a reunion was both inevitable and essential...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM 'WOLFLIGHT' OUT ON 30th MARCH
The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom...

adrian smith IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH ROCKS UP IN CHISWICK WITH DOOGIE WHITE, ANDY BARNETT AND DAVE 'BUCKET' COLWELL
MetalTalk's first Gig Of The Week for 2015 turned up two major surprises as a great night was had by all...

sabaton SABATON ANNOUNCE "SABATON OPEN AIR" WITH POWERWOLF AND CIVIL WAR
Tickets are on sale now for this special event in Germany in July...

pig iron PIG IRON ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM
'Sermons From The Church Of Blues Restitution' will be released worldwide via OYR on 2nd March and will be preceded by a high value four track EP...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW FOR 'ECLIPTICA OVER EUROPE TOUR 2015'
"On these shows we'll perform 'Ecliptica' in its entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog..."

skalmold SKALMOLD UNVEIL NEW SPRING TOUR DATES WITH ELUVEITIE AND WIND ROSE
For those who didn't catch the Viking/Pagan Metallers live on tour, here's another chance...

tony iommi BLACK SABBATH LEGEND TONY IOMMI TELLS ALL ABOUT HIS CANCER BATTLE
"In the good old days there was cocaine everywhere. This time we had tea and coffee and health drinks..."

def con one DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCE CRUSHING HEADS TOUR
British Metallers Def Con One can be seen across the UK in 2015...

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