Although Bruce Dickinson became Iron Maiden’s most iconic lead singer, it was Paul Di’Anno who participated in the original lineup and recorded the first two albums of the legendary metal band.
He was fired in 1981 for problems with alcohol and cocaine and has since had several other jobs and a prolific solo career. In a new interview with Mariskal Rock (via Loudwire), the 61-year-old musician talked about his health.
“I’ve been in and out of the hospital for four years now,” Di’Anno tells Mariskal Rock. “It’s been very, very tough for me at the moment. Because of the sepsis, I keep getting infections, so they can’t do the operations on my leg.”
“At the moment, I’ve only got one knee. The other knee has been taken out, but there’s no new knee put in, so it’s been a cement thing. But I wanna play, obviously, but I can’t do that until I’m fixed. I haven’t stopped playing music, and I’ve got no plans to retire. I wanna keep playing, but I need to get well.”
“The sepsis really hits you hard, and on the London plane home from Argentina, everyone was saying to me, ‘Hello, sir. Are you okay? Are you okay?’ And I’m, like, ‘Yeah, why don’t you fuck off and leave me alone?’ sort of thing.”
“I didn’t realize I was actually dying. And when I actually got home and I collapsed on the floor, I had my cell phone with me. I was on my own, ’cause my wife and kids were over in America. I got the ambulance people. They came down and they kicked my door in and took me to the hospital. I spent eight months in that hospital… And you’ve got 45 minutes to pump you full of antibiotics or you’ll die. I just about made that. Eight months recovery there.”
“If I can’t play music, I might as well fuckin’ kill myself,” he says. “My main concern is to get back onstage. I wanna play, I wanna play, I wanna play. It’s driving me fucking mad not doing anything and not being able to go out.”
“I can’t even go out the house at the moment in case I get an infection again. So I’m pretty much a prisoner in my own home at the moment. So my major concern at the moment is to get my legs fixed up. And once I’ve gotten them fixed up, then the infections will get less and less, which will be great, and then get out on tour.”
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