An Interview with Paul Di'Anno
Band Photo: Paul Di'anno (?)
It has almost been thirty years since the completion of one (if not the most important) metal albums in history. When you listen to modern Iron Maiden music, then listen to anything from the first two albums, you can tell right away that there is a completely different tone. Indeed, Paul Di’Anno has always regarded himself as “Punk.” Inadvertently though, Di’Anno back then, set up a bridge between an unprecedented blend between punk and thrash in this New Wave of British Heavy Metal. This has influenced all modern day thrash bands way before the explosion of eastern thrash metal.
Daniel Becker: In the 29 years after you left Iron Maiden, what's been your most successful project?
Paul Di’Anno: Pretty much everything we've been doing so far. We've done some things in Brazil. We're in South America a lot. It's not about money; I don't play for money. I play for the fans and play for me. I enjoy that.
Becker: Do you keep in touch with former band members?
Di’Anno: We see each other occasionally. We're all friends; there are no problems.
Becker: In the future, could there be a reunion with all three singers?
Di’Anno: No, I don't think so. If Clive ain't gonna be there, certainly I won't be. He can't play. He can't even walk half of the time. Got MS (Multiple Sclerosis). But Blaze and I are mates; we do shows together.
Becker: There's been some ambiguity with your spiritual beliefs. What exactly do you believe?
Di’Anno: My dad was a Muslim. But I'm not a Muslim, I'm not Jewish. My family was Catholic Italian. One thing that I know is that all religions fight each other. It's all about who's the best God. I believe in myself. That's it. But my dad's Muslim, my mom's Catholic. I don't give a fuck. I don't believe in any of it, it's all bollocks. I've got 666 on the back of my head, mate. If you believe in one thing, you can't believe in the other. I do believe in God. but God should be a side of you. It should be whether you believe your faith; my faith is in my fans and me. My dad died before I was born. I tried to find out about him. I tried to find out a bit about him since it's part of my identity.
Becker: What's your favorite song of Iron Maiden and Killers?
Di’Anno: Killers. I wrote it. But that would be the seeds of me leaving the band. The guys wanted to move from punk to more heavy metal.
Becker: What are your current projects and future aspirations?
Di’Anno: I recorded 12 tracks for a new album last year in Germany but I pulled out of my record company so it ain't gonna happen. I played the tracks on there, its' all industrialized shit. I'm gonna carry on with the touring commitments with all these breaks completely, for a while with these guys in Icarus Witch. I'm doing a project next year called Mooseknuckle.
Di’Anno: As in pussy.
Becker: When Bruce left Iron Maiden, were you offered to come back? Why did you reject this offer?
Di’Anne: Been there, done that. Called it off. Yesterday don’t mean shit. I don’t want to be one of those guys who sit around all day and listens to old records, being, "I used to be that guy." Get on with life, tomorrow's the best one. It's also more I'm punk, they're not.
Becker: So they wanted somebody who was more metal?
Di’Anno: I don't know. I was more punk, they wasn't. All that I know was that I couldn't commit to Iron Maiden anymore. What it was for me was not Iron Maiden. First album was the best album ever, except the production's shit. And then when we got to Killers, that's when heavy rock just came in and things started changing, I wasn't happy. Politics, which was the end of it.
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