Di’Anno: My Retirement isn’t a retirement
Paul Di’Anno says he didn’t mean he was retiring when he announced he was retiring.
Instead, the colourful frontman insists he only meant he was going to stop performing Iron Maiden songs.
The news emerges almost exactly a year after he told fans he was “pulling the plug” in 2013. And last week he reiterated via Facebook: “For anyone who doesn’t already know, I am retiring. But there are still have a bunch of shows to do that could not physically be placed into 2013.”
But in a video interview with Metal Force, below, Di’Anno says: “It’s not an actual retirement retirement. All I’m doing is retiring the Iron Maiden shit. I’m sick of it. I’m fucking done, mate.
“It was a nice gesture to say thank you on the anniversary of the Maiden albums and it got out of control.”
He says he’s become fed up of promoters thinking “We can get a covers band with Paul Di’Anno singing,” saying: “You can go fuck yourself – that ain’t going to happen. So it’s all over.”
Instead, the vocalist is aiming to reform his 1990s band Killers alongside co-founder Cliff Evans. “We’ll see what happens,” he says. “It’s quite exciting – it means I can be in a whole band again, not just me with different members.
“A band situation is what I really want. I want to be part of a family again. I can’t fucking wait, I’m telling you.”