Paul Di'Anno InterviewsRockNRollUniverse.com recently caught up with vocalist Paul Di'Anno. The following is an excerpt from the interview:
RNRU : You've just released a new album here in the U.S., The Living Dead which just has came out on May 16th on Mystik/Cleopatra Records, which is your first all new album in nearly 6 years. How do you feel the album turned out, and why has it been so long between albums with all new material?
Di'Anno: “The record industry is not what it used to be, so I shopped material for a deal just like everyone else…and I´ve been quite busy playing live the last couple of years.”
RNRU : Also recently you put out The Classics: The Iron Maiden Years, which consists of 12 re recorded versions of songs culled from the first two Iron Maiden albums. Now, there are some “fans” who have been very critical of this release, saying that you're still trading upon past glories by recording versions of songs you originally recorded over 25 years ago. What led you to the decision to put out the album, and what is your response to someone who might feel that way?
Di'Anno: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I´ve alway thought the first Maiden album sounded awful (I know Steve agrees with me), and I wanted to update the songs a bit. I´m hardly making any money of it, so it´s not like I rip anyone off.”
RNRU : You've been in the business for over three decades now. Are there any goals, musically or otherwise that you'd still like to achieve?
Di'Anno: “I really want to make a classic crooner album…some old Elvis tunes, Sinatra…I´m not kidding!”
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In other news, a video interview with Paul Di'Anno conducted by the “Paracaidas” TV show on June 7, 2007 in Coquimbo, Chile can be viewed below. The eight-minute clip includes footage from Di'Anno's concert at La Serena in Coquimbo and can be seen at this location