Former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di’anno has expressed his gratitude to his former band for their help in covering expenses for his treatments and surgeries for his knee
Speaking with Mexico’s MB Live, Di’Anno was asked if it’s true that his former bandmates in IRON MAIDEN covered the remaining costs of his knee operations and treatment while he was still in Croatia. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The last part of it they did, ’cause I ran out of money. [Laughs] It’s been very expensive. ‘Cause when I first got sick, I had to get medevaced from Argentina, which cost me a lot of money, ’cause I had to [be transported] in a private medical plane and all that stuff back.
“When I arrived in England, I only had 45 minutes to live, with sepsis and that. So they pumped me full of antibiotics. I spent eight months in hospital. So the last bit of the treatment, the band was really cool — they paid for the last couple of months’ worth of treatments, which was good. I’ll be forever grateful for that.”
Paul was also asked if he still gets royalties for his recordings with IRON MAIDEN and his other post-IRON MAIDEN projects, to which he responded: “Yeah. I still get royalties. I’ve just signed a deal with Sony Publishing, so they’re getting all my royalties back in to me now. I mean, I’m owed fucking millions. I won’t have to worry about all that, ’cause people keep ripping me off. All these assholes coming out with different… There’s been about four different BATTLEZONE CDs coming out in different formats and vinyl and stuff. I don’t see any of that money. But now we will, ’cause we’ve got Sony Records and Warner Brothers behind us, which is great.”
Di’Anno recently spent time in Split, Croatia recording material with his new project called WARHORSE. The band was formed in early 2022 by Di’Anno and two guitarists Hrvoje Madiraca and Ante “Pupi” Pupačić.
WARHORSE previously released three tracks, two of which, being “Stop The War” and “The Doubt Within“, were released in May 2022 as a special DVD single along with a special message from Paul to all the fans who bought the single.