Paul Di'Anno: 'I Don't Sing Opera - I'm Not Gay'

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno slammed his replacement Bruce Dickinson during a verbal attack on a fan. Video available.

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Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno stopped the show during a concert in Donetsk, Ukraine, after a member of the audience kept shouting Bruce Dickinson's name. Scroll down to watch video of the incident. The singer referred to his successor's celebrated "air raid siren" voice and made a homophobic reference to him. Di'Anno said: "I'm sorry I don't do opera," and mimicked Dickinson's vocal on 'Run To The Hills'. He added: "It's too f--king easy and I'm not gay." "This is punk. If you like Bruce Dickinson go home and listen to his records. Why did you buy a ticket, motherf--ker? This is real punk, man. This is what made Iron Maiden not the money-making machine. "If you don't like me, f--k off. Better still you want to fight? You'll be sorry. I'm sorry, I didn't say I was a nice guy. You f--k me up, I'll kick your f--king ass." He then delivered a rendition of early Maiden track Running Free, describing it as "the song that made Iron Maiden famous," and adding: "It's about sex, drugs, rock'n'roll, Harley Davidson motorcycles." Di'Anno, who recently spent time in jail after being found guilty of benefit fraud, fronted the NWOBHM giants for their first two albums before being replaced by Dickinson in 1981.

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    GuitarGod610
    As someone who A)is also not gay B)enjoys 19th century opera and knows it's not easy C)knows Bruce Dickinson is the iconic voice of Iron Maiden D)is a human being ...I can safely say this guy is a cockblob.
    SGofawesome
    I don't like hecklers as much as the next guy, but Paul handled this very unprofessionally.
    BjarnedeGraaf
    I agree.. the guy even said he was sorry and "I love you" and shit... and the whole video this ***** singer who thinks he's a bigshot keeps making gestures at him.. If it were me I'd get up the stage and actually started a fight if he wanted it so bad. Hells angel and famous or not, I wouldn't really care, you don't treat a fan that way.
    Voodoochile711
    Idk, man, i don't think I'd mess with a famous, metal-singing Hell's Angel...
    Rorok_89
    Haha, did you really watch the video? It's ****ing hilarious. The guy that screams Bruce's name is drunk as hell, plus he has the funniest Russian accent. It's a really funny exchange. Reading it in plain text doesn't let you appreciate Di'Anno's tone. He took it with humor.
    phili666
    did we watch the same video? Di'anno was clearly PISSED at this guy, he kept threatening and looking not "very nicely" at him the whole video
    Burnzyburns
    He was joking with his comments on Dickinson, but seemed pretty serious about wanting to fight the heckler.
    crazyhorse174
    Hang on - in an article where Paul Di'Anno says that he's not gay, UG posts a blurb below the main headline which says "Paul Di'Anno slammed his replacement Bruce Dickinson". You couldnt make this stuff up...
    iommi600
    I can't really tell who takes the dumbass cake here... the audience or Di'Anno...
    kozmo4200
    Di'anno...one person doesnt make a band, it is possible but very unlikely.
    muir
    If the word 'Gay' was replaced with 'talented' then I agree
    AARWave
    Well... It looked a lot worse in text, it's not like he is that hateful towards Bruce Dickinson. I mean, you have the right to be pissed off (and then show off a little) when Ukrainian guy comes shouting the name of the current vocalist of your former band at your gig. Kinda funny how the guy in the crowd took everything so seriously and started the "I sory, I sory, I lav yoo"
    vikkyvik
    From interviews I've read/seen with Di'Anno, he actually seems to harbor no hate or resentment toward Maiden, including Dickinson. I just put this down to a guy who's a bit of a loudmouth and says stuff before thinking. Sorta Dave Mustaine-ish.
    ironBLSmaiden
    okay i honestly do love the first two maiden albums and paul kicked ass on them, but come on, bruce is so much better. paul could've just laughed it off, the guy who yelled his name out sounded drunk as hell. in my opinion, paul's probably pretty bitter about how much more successful maiden got after bruce came in
    Maxmetpt
    The guy seemed to be joking, not taking it seriously, and it was funny as hell, the "fan" sounded like a drunk as hell japanese.
    Josh Reubenking
    This jealous tool should just stick to eating cheeseburgers and entering food eating contests instead. Maiden all the way.
    WelshKes
    That guy is a shadow of his former self which is a shame because I really think that Maiden's first two albums are incredibly strong NWOBHM titles (not saying later releases aren't) but in all honesty, he hits out at Saxon for no reason at all and has the nerve to call Iron Maiden "boring" while he himself covers a lot of their songs (granted the songs during his time in Maiden)
    JuteJute
    Why i find it very ironic that a punk singer calls singing on opera too easy ?
    korinaflyingv
    It's a shame he's so bitter, the first 2 Maiden albums are excellent. And anyone who feels the need to announce on stage that they aren't gay... probably likes cock
    Leather Sleeves
    He did just spend some time in jail right? Maybe this is just a reflection of his own insecurities.
    ephesus
    Lol Translating the drunk guy at the end from Ukrainian.... "Are you my friends or his?! I didn't do anything to make him mad" I think he wanted to avoid the monster, but they wanted to stay and listen to the rest of the concert
    johnnyk75
    ok you may not like opera but those singer i guarantee you practice hours more than you do per day and do it everyday. liking opera doesnt make you gay either,, the ****? opera was during the time that music was at its strongest in my opinion. mozart beethoven back.. they mustve been gay too huh? ignorant thing to say
    nmarcelino71
    "I am not gay"... just... stupid. Tell that to Halford who sings 100x better than you. Punk didn't make Iron Maiden. It was an influence in the beggining but did not make Maiden. The guy screaming Bruce is an ass, but Paul is a bigger one.
    schirripar
    Coming from the guy that got kicked out of one of the biggest metal bands ever, I don't know how seriously I can take his comments and he obviously has some issues he has to deal with. Also, it's very petty of him to stereotype homosexuality and operatic styles of singing. People like him are the reason we have so many problems to begin with
    Reddaz
    Imagine trying defend yourself in russian and feel a bit of sympathy for the dude in the crowd! Literally everyone in that room is a better metal vocalist than Paul it seems!