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STEVE HARRIS And PAUL DI’ANNO Have Friendly Chat Before IRON MAIDEN’s Concert In Croatia: Video, Photo

Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di’Anno got here head to head with the band’s bassist Steve Harris for the primary time in a few years final evening (Sunday, 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 Enviornment 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 top of the set to keep away from an enormous visitors jam after the present.

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 caring for Di’Anno throughout his keep in Croatia, will be discovered under.

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 numerous 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 instructed The Jersulam Put up that leaving the MAIDEN juggernaut behind was one of the best 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 midst of all that,” he mentioned. “I used to be fed up and disillusioned; it might have been dishonest the followers and myself if I had stayed. It was simple to stroll away from, and I am very pleased the band bought greater and larger.”

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 among 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 really fairly a prolific author, however plenty 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 somewhat 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 break 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 tune ‘Killers’. Steve had [what he thought] have been higher songs. I assumed his songs have been shit. Nothing to do with medicine; nothing in any respect. Verify your info 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. Nicely, 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 tune 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 might want to 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.”

Kastro Pergjoni, operations director of the Cart & Horses pub in Stratford, London, England the place IRON MAIDEN made its dwell debut in 1976, who not too long ago raised 1000’s of {dollars} so Di’Anno can bear his long-delayed knee surgical procedure, mentioned his fundraising efforts throughout a 2020 look on the “Uncle Steve’s Iron Maiden Zone” podcast. Requested if he has approached the members of IRON MAIDEN themselves to contribute not directly to the Di’Anno marketing campaign, Kastro mentioned: “Myself, no, I have not, to be trustworthy, as a result of I do not wanna put issues… What’s the easiest way to say it now? It is less than me to go to them, as a result of I’ve no connections with IRON MAIDEN themselves. Even once I [need to approach] Steve, I’m going by way of his buddies or his sister generally or shut buddies that he is bought to get stuff from him. However to go to MAIDEN for one thing that’s associated to MAIDEN, I do not suppose that it’s me personally, or Cart & Horses, those to contact them. I might love if they arrive ahead and simply cowl no matter is left or say no matter, however I do not suppose it is all the way down to me to go to MAIDEN. As a result of [Paul‘s] bought buddies and he is bought connections with MAIDEN greater than I’ve, so if MAIDEN wished to, or if any individual else wished to, they’d have achieved it. However thus far, nothing, sadly, no.”

Di’Anno performed his first solo live performance in seven years Saturday evening (Could 21) on the Bikers Beer Manufacturing facility in Zagreb. The present was filmed and elements 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” concerning the MOTÖRHEAD icon.

Di’Anno not too long ago teamed up with a number of Croatian musicians to kind a brand new mission known as WARHORSE. WARHORSE entered the studio to report 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 one will likely be used to cowl the prices of Paul‘s remedy and associated wants.

It is taking place 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 tune 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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