Ex-IRON MAIDEN singer PAUL DI'ANNO: 'I suffer from really severe PTSD'
In a new interview with Canada’s The Metal Voice, Paul Di’Anno was asked about the status of the much-anticipated documentary about the former IRON MAIDEN singer which is being helmed by Wes Orshoski, co-director and producer of the acclaimed 2010 film “Lemmy” about the MOTÖRHEAD icon.
He said: “ I don’t know much about it, really. All I do is I just turn up and do it. I’m a little bit upset because I was hoping I’d be on my feet by then. But it’s not happened. So you get this sort of documentary but it’s the highs and lows of being in a wheelchair and struggling. And since all this happened to me, I suffer from really severe PTSD. And it’s not good. It changes your whole personality. Sometimes you’re happy go lucky. Other times, I’m screaming, I wanna kill people. And it’s not fucking good. And that’s not me. I’m only a happy-go-lucky person until somebody pisses me off; then I’ll beat you up. So yeah, it’s been a bit difficult. But Wes Orshoski‘s done a fucking amazing job. He’s still mixing it down at the moment, so that’ll be out very soon. God help me. (Laughs)”.
Last December, Di’Anno spent time in Split, Croatia recording an album with his new project called WARHORSE. The band was formed earlier last year by Di’Anno and two guitarists/authors, Hrvoje Madiraca and Ante “Pupi” Pupačić.
WARHORSE previously recorded three songs, two of which — “Stop The War” and “The Doubt Within” — were released in May 2022 as a special DVD single along with Paul‘s video message to all fans who bought the single and thus helped raise funds for his recent knee operation.
Di’Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN — a self-titled effort in 1980 and “Killers” in 1981 — before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records.
The WARHORSE single marked Di’Anno‘s first music release after a seven-year hiatus due to severe health issues.
Di’Anno, who finally underwent his knee surgery in September 2022, played the first show since the operation on October 1 at the Keep It True Rising II festival in Würzburg, Germany.