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Di’Anno: I hit the notes Rob Halford can’t reach

Paul Di’Anno insists his voice is in better condition than Judas Priest singer Rob Halford’s – because of his seven-nights-a-week touring schedule.

The former Iron Maiden frontman believes his performances are better than they’ve ever been, even though he’s still drinking and smoking.

Di’Anno – who earlier this week confirmed his retirement plans had been shelved – tells Mitch Lafon: “My voice is actually getting better. I’m hitting notes I’ve never hit in quite a long time.

“I’m hitting notes Rob Halford can’t hit any more. And the reason is I don’t fuss over it. Some people go, ‘I’ve got a slight cough; let’s cancel the whole show.’

“If you look at my touring schedule, it’s brutal. Normally I do this five, six, seven days a week. I still smoke, I still drink – I still have it, mate.”

Di’Anno is working on an album with latest band Architects Of Chaoz, while his live DVD The Beast Arises will be released on October 6 via Metal Mind Productions.

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history. He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.