Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris has met former band singer Paul Di’Anno after many years at Maiden’s show in Croatia on May 22nd.
After the friendly meeting with the bass player, Di’Anno stuck around long enough to watch some of Maiden‘s performance before leaving near the end of the set to avoid a huge traffic jam after the show.
In a new interview with Canada’s The Metal Voice, Di’Anno spoke what was it like to meet Harris after all these years.
“Last weekend was absolutely amazing,” Di’Anno said.
“‘Cause me and Steve [have exchanged messages] about football [in the past]. But we actually hadn’t met [face to face] for a long time. And it was brilliant, because I met up with Steve‘s sister Linda first, whom I hadn’t seen her in about 30 years. And then [seeing] Steve was amazing, and then [meeting up with MAIDEN‘s longtime manager] Rod [Smallwood] as well, it’s made my whole year, actually. It was fantastic. It was pretty awesome.”
“I missed the MAIDEN show because I got swamped by bloody press and stuff, so I couldn’t actually do anything to watch the band,” he added.
When asked if it was “awkward” meeting up with Steve for the first time in 30 years, Paul said:
“No. It was great. I wish I wasn’t in this sort of position [being in a wheelchair]. Yeah, it was quite emotional. If it had been the first time we spoke together in 30 years, it would have been maybe a little bit more weird. But, as I said, we talk about football and stuff like that, and Steve phoned me up a couple of times from [his home in] the Bahamas.”