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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  • Brad on

    Sold his songs….you wonder why Ratt Steve plays large bars solo, no money. Sounds like Paul should join Ace at the bar….but who pays?

  • tito on

    This has been is obviously pissed!!! He wish he could be back in the band, keep playing in small clubs mr. muslim !!!! up the irons, and up your ass paul!!!!!

  • Saxon Eric on

    What’s next ?Dennis Stratton accusing Adrian Smith that he stole his solo’s?
    1981 was a long time ago Paul, just let it go

  • Peter Shortland on

    I think Paul should be thankful for being part of the band for those two brilliant albums. it just would have been a disaster if he stayed in the band. i think he should let the thing go

  • John on

    Let’s see it for what it is. Iron Maiden’s first two albums were pretty good. I liked Di’Anno on those two records, but Harris had another vision for the band. That vision didn’t include Di’Anno. I don’t care about the “he said-she said” bullshit. Harris is the founder and is a killer songwriter. I got into Maiden when Bruce became the lead singer and I can’t imagine Maiden without him. I believe the real Maiden line-up is the one from the Powerslave album. Can you imagine Di’Anno singing Rime of the Ancient Mariner? I can’t and I’m thankful he was part of Iron Maiden’s past and not their future. Over the years, he became even more obsessed with the Maiden connection; even going as far as having his name in the Iron Maiden fonts behind his stage set up. His voice is crap now and everything he spews just sounds like sour grapes. Maiden should be about the money because that is a part of the business, but Maiden is also bringing metal to those parts of the world who normally wouldn’t see a show of that caliber. If Paul doesn’t like Maiden…..tough shit! Up the Irons forever.

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