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PAUL DI’ANNO: Meeting STEVE HARRIS Face To Face For First Time In 30 Years Was ‘Quite Emotional’

Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di’Anno got here head to head with the band’s bassist Steve Harris for the primary time in three a long time final Sunday night time (Could 22) earlier than MAIDEN‘s live performance in Croatia.

Harris, whose group kicked off the 2022 leg of its “Legacy Of The Beast” world tour on the 22,000-capacity Area Zagreb, got here out earlier than the present to greet a wheelchair-bound Di’Anno and chat with him for a couple of minutes. Paul has spent the previous couple of months in Croatia receiving physiotherapy and lymphatic drainage remedies in preparation for his upcoming knee surgical procedure.

After his pleasant assembly with Harris, Di’Anno caught round lengthy sufficient to observe a few of MAIDEN‘s efficiency earlier than leaving close to the tip of the set to keep away from an enormous visitors jam after the present.

Di’Anno spoke about his expertise assembly Harris in individual in any case these years in a reside video chat with Canada’s The Steel Voice earlier at the moment (Saturday, Could 28). He stated: “Final weekend was completely superb. ‘Trigger me and Steve [have exchanged messages] about soccer [in the past]. However we truly hadn’t met [face to face] for a very long time. And it was sensible, as a result of I met up with Steve‘s sister Linda first, whom I hadn’t seen her in about 30 years. After which [seeing] Steve was superb, after which [meeting up with MAIDEN‘s longtime manager] Rod [Smallwood] as nicely, it is made my entire yr, truly. It was implausible. It was fairly superior.”

Paul went on to say that the final time he noticed Rod was in 2013 when each he and MAIDEN carried out — individually — at Brazil’s Rock In Rio pageant.

“I missed the MAIDEN present as a result of I received swamped by bloody press and stuff, so I could not truly do something to observe the band,” he defined.

Requested if it was “awkward” assembly up with Steve for the primary time in 30 years, Paul stated: “No. It was nice. I want I wasn’t on this type of place [being in a wheelchair]. Yeah, it was fairly emotional. If it had been the primary time we spoke collectively in 30 years, it might have been possibly a bit of bit extra bizarre. However, as I stated, we speak about soccer and stuff like that, and Steve phoned me up a few occasions from [his home in] the Bahamas.”

Calling himself and Harris two “happy-go-lucky geezers” from London’s East Finish, Paul went on to say that he owes Steve dinner “huge time, as a result of he sorted my missus and son over within the States on the final MAIDEN tour in Connecticut, in Hartford. He actually sorted them — gave them backstage VIP stuff and all of that. It was nice. So once I get my legs again, I am going to take him out to dinner.”

Based on Paul, Steve referred to as him the day after the MAIDEN present in Croatia however he missed his name. “However I did textual content him again,” Di’Anno stated.

Paul additionally set the document straight about the place he stands with respect to his former band, saying: “What annoys me is that everybody’s spreading rumors round that we do not like one another and stuff like that. I ain’t received nothing [against] IRON MAIDEN in any respect. I let you know, the present was sensible on Sunday — completely superb.”

Video and a photograph of Paul‘s get-together with Steve, courtesy of Stjepan Juras, a MAIDEN fan and creator of many MAIDEN-related books, who’s taking good care of Di’Anno throughout his keep in Croatia, will be discovered under.

Di’Anno recorded two traditional albums with IRON MAIDEN — a self-titled effort in 1980 and “Killers” in 1981 — earlier than being fired and changed by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to entrance a variety of different bands, together with KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and launched a number of solo data.

Greater than a decade and a half in the past, Di’Anno instructed The Jersulam Submit that leaving the MAIDEN juggernaut behind was the most effective factor that ever occurred to him, and that he had no bitter emotions towards his former bandmates. “I completely haven’t any regrets about leaving MAIDEN — I wasn’t proper within the head at the moment to be in the course of all that,” he stated. “I used to be fed up and disillusioned; it might have been dishonest the followers and myself if I had stayed. It was straightforward to stroll away from, and I am very pleased the band received larger and greater.”

A number of years in the past, Di’Anno instructed Steel Thunder Radio that he wasn’t as concerned with MAIDEN‘s songwriting as he would have appreciated. “Steve had a lot of the phrases and the lyrics [to the band’s first album] all written. That was a few of the bones of rivalry that we had within the band — that I did not get to put in writing as a lot as I wished to. ‘Trigger I’m truly fairly a prolific author, however a number of my songs weren’t accepted. ‘Trigger it is Steve‘s band, clearly.”

He continued: “That first album was a revelation, I’ve gotta let you know. It was superb. And the second album, for me, not a lot. That is once I began to lose curiosity a bit of bit. However [we] nonetheless [had] nice occasions — actually nice occasions.”

At occasions, Paul has additionally publicly displayed his anger towards his former bandmates, most notably throughout a 2009 press convention in Argentina the place he was requested concerning the rumors that his drug use had one thing to do along with his cut up with MAIDEN. “The place the fuck do you individuals get this from?” he requested. “I left IRON MAIDEN as a result of they have been going too heavy metallic, and IRON MAIDEN is a money-making machine, and I do not give a fuck about it. It was not about medicine; it was nothing like that. Me and Steve… I [wrote] the track ‘Killers’. Steve had [what he thought] have been higher songs. I believed his songs have been shit. Nothing to do with medicine; nothing in any way. Test your details or in any other case this interview is over… I hate that! I fucking hate that! As a result of individuals… You say one thing however you do not know. Properly, I am telling you. IRON MAIDEN is Steve Harris‘s band. It would not matter about anyone else — whether or not it is Dave Murray, Clive [Burr], me… it is Steve Harris‘s band and all it’s is cash, cash, cash, cash — no one else counts. And I wrote fuckin’ 20-times higher songs than his, however I solely received one track on the ‘Killers’ album as a result of it is Steve‘s — he should have this. Fuckin’ Adolf Hitler. I am not . So there you go. However you could take medicine if you’re with IRON MAIDEN as a result of they’re so fucking boring. And the one medicine have been aspirin, as a result of Steve [making hand gesture as if someone is speaking into his ear]… Fuckin’ headache.”

Di’Anno performed his first solo live performance in seven years on Could 21 on the Bikers Beer Manufacturing unit in Zagreb. The present was filmed and components of it is going to be included in a documentary about Di’Anno, to be directed by Wes Orshoski, co-director and producer of the acclaimed 2010 movie “Lemmy” concerning the MOTÖRHEAD icon.

Di’Anno lately teamed up with a number of Croatian musicians to type a brand new mission referred to as WARHORSE. WARHORSE entered the studio to document three songs, two of which — “Cease The Warfare” and “The Doubt Inside” — have been launched as a particular limited-edition DVD single.

A fundraiser for Paul’s upcoming surgical procedure has been organized by his pals and followers coordinated by Pergjoni and Juras, in collaboration with the opposite members of WARHORSE. All proceeds from the only can be used to cowl the prices of Paul‘s therapy and associated wants.

After the video of the reunion of Steve Harris and Paul Di’Anno got here out, I am posting a for much longer video of the way it all actually began. First got here Rod Smallwood, whom Paul hasn’t seen for the reason that 2013 Rock In Rio Competition, after which Steve Harris, whom everybody greeted alongside the way in which. This assembly triggered one thing that can be talked about quickly. If you wish to know extra about all the pieces, click on on www.maidencroatia.com/warhorse

Posted by Stjepan Juras on Tuesday, Could 24, 2022

It is occurring women and gents. If you wish to know extra, please go to www.maidencroatia.com/warhorse

Posted by Stjepan Juras on Sunday, Could 22, 2022

Cannot be higher! See extra at www.maidencroatia.com/warhorse

Posted by Stjepan Juras on Sunday, Could 22, 2022

Very emotional to see Paul watching efficiency of track Iron Maiden, after he left the venue to keep away from big visitors jam after the present. Shot for historical past!

Posted by Stjepan Juras on Monday, Could 23, 2022

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