An extended video of former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di’Anno‘s first face-to-face assembly with the band’s bassist Steve Harris in a few years, which passed off this previous Sunday evening (Might 22) earlier than MAIDEN‘s live performance in Croatia, may be seen under. The video was uploaded by 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
MAIDEN supervisor Rod Smallwood and 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 few months in Croatia receiving physiotherapy and lymphatic drainage therapies 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 top of the set to keep away from an enormous visitors jam after the present.
Di’Anno recorded two basic 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 plenty of different bands, together with KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and launched a number of solo information.
Greater than a decade and a half in the past, Di’Anno advised The Jersulam Publish that leaving the MAIDEN juggernaut behind was the perfect 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 mentioned. “I used to be fed up and disillusioned; it will have been dishonest the followers and myself if I had stayed. It was simple to stroll away from, and I am very comfortable the band bought greater and greater.”
A number of years in the past, Di’Anno advised Metallic Thunder Radio that he wasn’t as concerned with MAIDEN‘s songwriting as he would have favored. “Steve had many of the phrases and the lyrics [to the band’s first album] all written. That was among the bones of competition that we had within the band — that I did not get to jot down as a lot as I needed to. ‘Trigger I’m truly fairly a prolific author, however loads 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 after I began to lose curiosity just a little 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 in regards to 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 steel, and IRON MAIDEN is a money-making machine, and I do not give a fuck about it. It was not about medication; it was nothing like that. Me and Steve… I [wrote] the music ‘Killers’. Steve had [what he thought] have been higher songs. I assumed his songs have been shit. Nothing to do with medication; nothing by any means. Examine your information 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. Effectively, I am telling you. IRON MAIDEN is Steve Harris‘s band. It does 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 bought one music 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 it’s good to take medication while you’re with IRON MAIDEN as a result of they’re so fucking boring. And the one medication 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 Saturday evening (Might 21) on the Bikers Beer Manufacturing unit in Zagreb. The present was filmed and components of will probably be included in a documentary about Di’Anno, to be directed by Wes Orshoski, co-director and producer of the acclaimed 2010 movie “Lemmy” in regards to the MOTÖRHEAD icon.
Di’Anno not too long ago teamed up with a number of Croatian musicians to kind a brand new mission referred to as WARHORSE. WARHORSE entered the studio to file three songs, two of which — “Cease The Conflict” 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 buddies and followers coordinated by Pergjoni and Juras, in collaboration with the opposite members of WARHORSE. All proceeds from the only will likely be used to cowl the prices of Paul‘s remedy 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 because the 2013 Rock In Rio Competition, after which Steve Harris, whom everybody greeted alongside the way in which. This assembly triggered one thing that will likely be talked about quickly. If you wish to know extra about all the things, click on on www.maidencroatia.com/warhorse
Posted by Stjepan Juras on Tuesday, Might 24, 2022