From the Archives: An Interview with former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno

By Andrew Bansal

Paul Di’Anno @ Key Club 2011 – Photo by Stephanie Cullen

Here’s one from the Metal Assault archives, which many of you folks currently following the site may not have come across when it was originally posted in video form. To start off this new series wherein we will revisit and transcribe some of our old interviews that were published as audio/video, we rewind to January 6th 2011, the day after former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno had played a show at the Key Club in West Hollywood, as part of a tour with Pittsburgh metal band Icarus Witch, who were both his backing band and support act. We sat down with Paul to discuss a whole variety of things, and the honest, straightforward man that he is, he answered our questions candidly. We hope you’ll enjoy this throwback. Delve into Metal Assault’s conversation with Paul Di’Anno below. Continue reading “From the Archives: An Interview with former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno”

Best Emerging Bands Of 2016

By Andrew Bansal

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While we support and keep track of the older, more popular bands, discovering and unearthing new, hidden talent is our thing. The music listener stuck in decades past would tell you there are no good new bands, but I’m here to tell you otherwise. Here are my picks for the top 20 emerging artists of the year, i.e. bands that released a killer debut album/EP, did their first successful tour, broke through to get noticed after a few years of obscurity, or created an indelible first impression in any other way, shape or form. Continue reading “Best Emerging Bands Of 2016”

Show-Stealers Of 2016: 7 Support Acts That Outperformed Their Headliners

By Andrew Bansal

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Around this time of the year we celebrate the best albums, shows and new bands of the 12 months gone by, but also equally deserving of the recognition are bands that not only played in front of audiences that were in attendance to see someone else, but ended up superseding the efforts of their respective headliners and stealing the show. I witnessed many such instances in 2016, as the habit of going to shows early enough to catch all bands on the lineup (and never caring or asking for set times) is deeply ingrained in me. Here are the seven best show-stealers of the year, in chronological order. Continue reading “Show-Stealers Of 2016: 7 Support Acts That Outperformed Their Headliners”

Another Year Round the States: 6 Unusual Experiences I Had On Tour in 2016

By Andrew Bansal

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My 2016 was as much about touring the US as it was about anything else, and I ended up spending 170 out of the 366 days of the year on the road with the various bands I worked for. As followers of this site would know, I wrote blogs on most of these tours, but there were certain experiences and stories that I may or may not have talked about. It’s only fitting that one of my year-end lists this year should be based on my life on tour, so here is my recollection of six of the most unusual experiences I had on the road in 2016, in chronological order. Continue reading “Another Year Round the States: 6 Unusual Experiences I Had On Tour in 2016”