Paul Di'Anno’s Battlezone at IJsselhal, Zwolle, The Netherlands – 11th of October 1987.
If you grew up in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) era then the name Paul Di'Anno (real name Paul Andrews) means a lot. After a few relaunch bands, the former Iron Maiden singer started his new group Battlezone, named after a character from a comic book. Ex-Tokyo Blade guitarist John Wiggins, also joined the outfit. The band’s debut album ““Fighting Back” was recently released and had to be promoted by a European tour as a support act. Together with special guest Testament, and headliner Anthrax, Battlezone made a good impression on stage, playing both their new material as well as some Maiden classics. The ultimate highlight of the show was the anthem “Running Free” where members of Anthrax, Testament and Andy Boulton of Tokyo Blade joined the stage to shout along. After the outstanding gig my reporter colleague Donald Wever (Metal Europe) conducted an interview with the band and as time passed, I realised he hadn’t returned and I was still busy shooting pictures. Anyway, I thought I’d better go looking for him. There was only one option and that was to go backstage to look for him. That wasn't easy, but I saw Paul Di'Anno standing side stage watching Testament. I asked him if Donald was still with the band. He pointed in their direction and of course, Donald was sitting with the band drinking some beers, having the best time. It turned into one of those nights which are hard to replicate, but more on that later.