PAUL DI’ANNO – Hell Over Waltrop (2020)

PAUL DI'ANNO - Hell Over Waltrop (2020) full

I’ve seen PAUL DI’ANNO a few times over the years and never come away disappointed and this new live release “Hell Over Waltrop / Live In Germany” catalogues the show in the summer of 2006, when “Di’Anno was asked if he would like to perform with his German band Phantoms Of The Opera at a city festival in the small Westphalian town of Waltrop.
After initial skepticism about how to get the expected pop fans, they decided to play the gig, especially since the two Re-Vision musicians, bassist Gonzo and drummer Dom, who formed the rhythm foundation of the Phantoms, had a home game.

The night went down extremely well and you can hear Di’Anno having fun throughout introducing ‘Murders in The Rue Morgue’ as a song he recorded when he was a member of the Spice Girls – ‘Ugly Spice.’ I love that punky tone he has especially on that song.

All the Maiden classics of course are here best of which are maybe the final ones ‘Running Free’ and ‘Sanctuary’ which are split by a frenetic cover of Ramones’ ‘Blitzkrieg Rock’ which is a treat in itself and a nice bit of fun.

And there’s a happy story behind the release of this album: “The show was also completely recorded by producer and FOH man Thomas Mergler. At home, however, he found that the recordings were unusable due to an error by the monitor crew. After more than 12 years, Thomas found the tapes again by chance. And he managed to save the old recordings with the help of more modern technical possibilities.”
What a great rocking way to start the New Year.


01 – Prowler
02 – Murders in the Rue Morgue
03 – Impaler
04 – Remember Tomorrow
05 – Children of Madness
06 – Marshall Lokjaw
07 – The Living Dead
08 – The Beast Arises
09 – The Faith Healer
10 – The Phantom of the Opera
11 – Transylvania
12 – Running Free
13 – Blitzkrieg Bop
14 – Sanctuary

Paul – vocals
Andy – guitar
D.D. – guitar
Gonzo – bass
Dom – drums



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