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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  • pete the great on

    first 3 albums were the best for me , after that it was about top of the pop’s songs .

  • Mackem Metal on

    First two Maiden albums are still in their top five . Maiden have maintained their quality .Di anno hasn’t . The first solo album was good as was Murder One , The Living Dead? Unlistenable !

  • Charlie Gray on

    What Paul? I can’t hear you, I’m listening to Iron Maiden.

    Man I wish they would record the first two with Bruce. Enough of this sad sack.

  • Matt Wallace on

    It’s two different bands when you compare Maiden with Di’Anno and Dickerson. Thing is the Dickerson version is better. Dickerson is versatile where Di’Anno is not. Harris saw this and that’s what caused the change in the line up and the fact that Di’Anno was a drunk. Like it was said before if Di’Anno had the chops he would have succeeded with something after Maiden. I do like the first two Maiden albums and DiAnno with his style did well, but for the direction Harris wanted to take Maiden a change in lead singer had to be made and the best choice was Dickerson at that time. \m/

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