HAIL! To Perform IRON MAIDEN Classic With Portuguese 'Idol' Runner-Up

May 29, 2010

Diana Silveira Piedade, the 25-year-old runner-up in the 2009/10 season of "Ídolos", the Portuguese version of "Pop Idol", will join HAIL! — the supergroup featuring mainstays Tim "Ripper" Owens (BEYOND FEAR, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) and Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA) — on stage on Sunday, May 30 at the Rock In Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal to perform a cover version of an old heavy metal classic. "[Diana] is a big star [in Portugal], and is a fan of me and the [HAIL!] guys!!" Owens tells BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "So it gets better... We are doing a duet of 'The Number Of The Beast' by [IRON] MAIDEN... Hahahahah." He adds, "This is just cool... Also playing [the same day] are MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD and RAMMSTEIN. This will be a blast. So this makes it kinda like I am on Portuguese [version of] 'American Idol'."

HAIL!'s current touring lineup also includes bassist James Lomenzo (WHITE LION, OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, MEGADETH) and drummer Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN).

Lomenzo is the last-minute replacement for SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray, who sadly passed away this past Monday (May 24) at the age of 38.

Commented Owens: "It is very sad here without Paul jamming with us. It really breaks my heart!! He was so freaking good... But we lucked out to bring another friend in with James Lomenzo. He had to learn a lot of songs and he is really working hard at it... but we think of Paul every minute of the day."

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