Ex-Maiden Frontman Paul Di’Anno Compares Bassist Steve Harris To Adolf Hitler
It’s official: former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno has completely lost the plot. In a recent interview the singer compared Maiden bassist Steve Harris to Adolf Hitler, said he wrote “20-times better songs” than Harris’s, and claimed Maiden is all about “money, money, money, money – nobody else counts.”
Di’Anno’s comments came during a press conference in Argentina last month. The singer was in the middle of a solo tour of the South American country.
A member of the audience questioned Di’Anno about his rumoured drug use and asked whether it contributed to his departure from Maiden.
Di’Anno raged: “Where the fuck do you people get this from? I left Iron Maiden because they were going too heavy metal, and Iron Maiden is a money-making machine, and I don’t give a fuck about it. It was not about drugs; it was nothing like that.
“Me and Steve [Harris]… I [wrote] the song ‘Killers’, Steve had [what he thought] were better songs. I thought his songs were shit. Nothing to do with drugs; nothing whatsoever. Check your facts or otherwise this interview is over… I hate that! I fucking hate that!
“Because people… You say something but you don’t know. Well, I’m telling you. Iron Maiden is Steve Harris’s band. It doesn’t matter about anybody else – whether it’s Dave Murray, Clive [Burr], me… it’s Steve Harris’s band and all it is is money, money, money, money – nobody else counts.
“And I wrote fuckin’ 20-times better songs than his, but I only got one song on the ‘Killers’ album because it’s Steve’s – he must have this. Fuckin’ Adolf Hitler. I’m not interested. So there you go.
“But you need to take drugs when you’re with Iron Maiden because they’re so fucking boring. And the only drugs were aspirin, because Steve [making hand gesture as if someone is speaking into his ear]… Fuckin’ headache.”
In light of Di’Anno’s commnets, Classic Rock is forced to mention that this is the man whose live repertoire consists almost exclusively of songs from the first two Maiden albums.
Just thought we better point that one out…