Ex-Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno that was on the band’s first two and acclaimed albums “Iron Maiden” (1980) and “Killers” (1981) said in an interview with Classic Rock magazine that he doesn’t blame Iron Maiden for being fired.
“We knew that what we had was unique compared to every other band around, and we had spent the previous couple of years playing every shithole in the UK, also some decent venues as well. The only person who might have had any doubts was me. Though I was a cocky frontman, I was all mouth and no trousers.”
“What I do know, is that all the songs on that first album are fucking great. It’s such a shame that the production is complete dogshit. By the time of Killers, the band was getting a bit more technical and losing some of that edge for me.”
“I didn’t think that the songs had the same sort of attack, and then I started losing interest. I felt that I might be letting people down by voicing my doubts. So I said nothing but then it all built up to the point where I was rubbing Steve up the wrong way.”
“I don’t blame them for getting rid of me. The band was Steve’s baby, but I wish I’d been able to contribute more. After a while that got me down. In the end I couldn’t give a hundred per cent to Maiden any more, and it wasn’t fair to the band, the fans or myself.”
“The two albums I made with the band were pivotal [to the genre]. Later on in my life when I met Metallica, Pantera and Sepultura. They told me that those albums were what got them into music, it made me incredibly proud.”
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