Interviewed by Wrathchild
Date: February 9th, 2006
Thank you for talking with us once again, Paul. You’ve been quite the busy man; I appreciate you taking the time to answer a few questions. I understand that you have a new album in the works to be released in spring of 2006. With all the craziness in the world today, where did you choose to draw your inspiration for this record, and what can fans expect from this latest endeavor?
The album is entitled “The Living Dead” and will be released via US record company Cleopatra Records in late April/early May 2006. There is also a new video (also entitled “The Living Dead”), and everyone who buys the CD will get a free video inclusive of a long, in-depth interview and various other bonuses. I am knocked out with the video and title track, and I hope that the record will get a good reception.
I guess the inspiration (pretty dark stuff) is from what is going on all around us at the moment. The album includes a great version of Megadeth's “Symphony Of Destruction” that should really turn a few heads, as that's a song I have always loved.
2006 also finds you touring again…
When last we spoke with you, you had mentioned that the time was right for you to come to the USA. Will this be the tour, and what are you looking forward to the most when you come to the States?
I really hope a US tour can be put together for me as it has been more than 12 years since I last performed in the States. Mostly I am looking forward to just getting back there… After all, the USA is where Rock and Metal are always at their most active.
What is your hope for the future of heavy music?
It’s definitely undergone some major changes in the mainstream, while quite a few underground/unsigned bands are trying to keep with the original feel. Do you see a regression back into the more traditional heavy metal (Iron Maiden, Queensryche, and Judas Priest) or do you think that this new brand of metal (Slipknot, System Of A Down, Trivium) is where it’s at?
I think that there is room for all types of rock (I personally like to listen to all of the rock and metal variations myself) and hopefully I won’t be proven wrong.
I am sure that you heard about the controversial events of the last stop on the Ozzfest tour, between Sharon Osbourne and Iron Maiden, Any opinion on that?
I don't really want to make more enemies by saying exactly what I feel about all of this, but it takes two parties to make a fight!
You have had some really incredible experiences in your life as far as music, you’ve done so many projects with so many people. Is there anything in particular (a show, an album, a project, etc) that really stands out in your mind?
South America and Russia figure pretty high as standing out as part of my experiences, and my new video is definitely a major high for me too. Apart from these there are really far too many to talk about or I would be here forever.
Anything else you’d care to add?
Just hope that the USA tour comes together and I get a chance to get back to the land of rock.
We’re all keeping our fingers crossed for your return to the USA, Paul.
Thank you once again for speaking with us; I know the fans are chomping at the bit for this new album and tour.
Be sure to check out Paul DiAnno’s official website, and ROCK ON!!!