pauldianno According to, in a recent interview, former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno compared bassist Steve Harris to Adolf Hitler, said he wrote “20-times better songs” than Harris’ 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 rumored 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’ band. It doesn’t matter about anybody else – whether it’s Dave Murray, Clive [Burr], me… it’s Steve Harris’ 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.”

Watch video from the press conference below.

[Ed’s note: The above opinions do not reflect nor represent those of Eddie Trunk or]


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  • Greg on

    Another disgruntled singer that is no more important today than he was in the 80s. Why don’t you and Phil Anselmo put together an album and call it Heavy Metal Crybabies. Pathetic. If IM was all about money, they would be touring the shit out of the US, instead of taking their music globally to places that don’t always get to see a good rock show. They are a money making machine, because the songs Steve Harris writes appeal to their fans….and they buy the music….and they see the tour!! Fuckin never was acting like he should have been!!

  • DannyG on

    Well I guess Maiden knows who not to thank when they get inducted into the RRHOF.
    Yes.. It’s coming..

  • Randy on

    Greg, he is correct. Maiden is always about money. But I look at it another way…there is nothing wrong with money. But, lets also be honest…the last two Maiden albums sucked hard…El Dorado was just awful. They are a band that have coasted on their past for a long time. The band is great with all terrific musicians. But, the songs are not strong as they used to be. El Dorado was NOT a great album. Where Maiden really pulled their ass up was the Route 666 video where they toured on the airplane and Bruce flew it everywhere. The portions of that video from South America were insane.

    • Tin on

      You’re an absolute failure at life. Iron Maiden doesn’t have an album called El Dorado, nor do they have a movie called Route 666. Their last three albums are mostly made up of songs that are 10 minutes long…how the hell does that translate into money grubbing sellouts? Moron.

    • Brandon on

      Hey Randy or dumb ass, its called “The Final Frontier” and “Flight 666” moron. Their last albums are progressive which more than half of Steve’s influences and the band’s influences come from – Genesis, Jethro Tull, and rock bands like Wishbone Ash, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin.

    • Eddie on

      El dorado isn’t an album dumbass. It’s called The final Frontier

  • Pete on

    It’s hard to feel any sympathy for him considering his arrest ect. for welfare fraud not too long ago.
    I’m sure he could use some money as well. If he has any sense he’d reissue his first solo LP ‘DiAnno’ from ’84. Featuring the minor hit; ‘Heartuser’, this album was pretty good melodic rock. If it’s remastered properly (NO dynamic range compression!), I’m happy to buy it & help the guy out a bit.

  • spike on

    Always a broke guy doing the complaining

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