Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di’Anno was interviewed by Let There Be Rock after his March 2, 2012 concert at Poppodium Iduna in Drachten, The Netherlands. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
When asked fans can expect to hear new solo music from him in the not-too-distant future, Di’Anno said, “I haven’t made a new album for over ten years, because I’m always busy touring, but at the moment, we’re all writing, so there could be three albums coming out in about the next two years. There’ll be one for northern Europe, and I’m doing some other stuff with some friends over in Brazil. So there could be two albums in about two and half years. But the main priority is Europe.”
On August 27, 2011, Di’Anno played his first show since serving time in a U.K. prison after he falsely collected U.K. government benefits by claiming he suffered nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working.
After serving his jail term last spring, Di’Anno issued a short statement in which he thanked his fans for their support and claimed that he “managed not to drop the soap” during his stint behind bars.
Di’Anno, 53, was sentenced to nine months for swindling £45,000 (approximately $72,000) in benefits. He was told he would serve at least four and a half months of the sentence behind bars before being released on conditional bail.
D’Anno was reportedly busted when investigators at Department Of Work And Pensions (DWP) received an anonymous tip that he was still singing. They then found videos and pictures on YouTube and the rocker’s own web site of Di’Anno “energetically leaping around on stage, singing to fans around the world.”
Di’Anno completed his first North American tour in early 2010, 17 years after he was deported following a prison term for guns and drug offenses.
“In 1991 I did a couple of stints in jail for guns and drugs,” Di’Anno explained in a 2010 interview. “I was stupid. But after I’d done my stretch they still treated me like a criminal. And I was — but I wasn’t that bad. So I didn’t feel good about America. The government, not the people.
“Prison was tough, but I’m tougher. I was nobody’s bitch, put it that way. You’ve got to do it; otherwise people will walk all over you.”