Former Iron Maiden lead singer, Paul Di’Anno, has recently spoken out about his past struggles with health and finances, revealing that he is owed millions in royalties. In a new interview with Mexico’s MB Live, Di’Anno was asked if he still receives royalties for his recordings with Iron Maiden and other post-Iron Maiden projects.
Di’Anno’s health issues have been an ongoing battle for the singer in recent years, and that led him to undergo multiple surgeries and treatments, which have reportedly cost him a significant amount of money. However, the former Iron Maiden singer revealed that the band helped cover the costs of his knee surgery, which he underwent in Croatia last September.
Despite receiving royalties, Di’Anno claimed he is still owed millions, as he has been the victim of people illegally selling his music without his permission. The singer expressed his gratitude to Sony Records and Warner Brothers for their support in reclaiming all his years of hard work.
Although it was reported before that the singer was paid out by former manager Rod Stewart and wasn’t receiving royalties for his recordings, during the interview, Di’Anno confirmed that he gets royalties and the deal he signed with Sony Publishing will help reclaim all of his lost earnings.
Paul Di’Anno’s words about his knee surgery and royalties for his recordings read:
“The last part of it they did, because I ran of money. [Laughs] It’s been very expensive. Because when I first got sick, I had to get med evacuated from Argentina, which cost me a lot of money because 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. So they pumped me full of antibiotics. I spent eight months in the 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.”
“Yeah. I still get royalties. I’ve just signed a deal with Sony Publishing, so they’re getting all my royalties back to me now. I mean, I’m owed f*cking millions. I won’t have to worry about all that because people keep ripping me off. All these assholes are coming out with different… There have 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.”
The former Iron Maiden lead singer’s revelation about being owed millions in royalties highlights the importance of protecting artists’ intellectual property and ensuring they receive fair compensation for their work. As for Di’Anno, he can now look forward to a brighter financial future with the support of Sony Publishing and Warner Brothers behind him.