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1.0 out of 5 stars The Beast...the worst ??????, 4 April 2007
This review is from: The Beast (Hardcover)
I really wanted to like this because Paul's singing added that magic X factor to the first 2 Iron Maiden LP's. The man can sing - no issue there, it's just this book proves Paul hasn't let go from that era and hasn't produced anything to equal since leaving Iron Maiden. Hell, even his logo is in the Maiden font, his band names frequently have a close association to Maiden ( killers for example ) and everything else he produces still has that Maiden connection ( the beast, the classics album which is covers of guess who?, you got it, Iron Maiden. It goes on and on ) The man simply cannot let go of his past but to be honest, what can he let go to because the vast majority of his own music is sub standard UK pub rock sludge destined for the bargain bin and greatly overshadowed by his Maiden work which is either his only work of note or a real albertross around his neck.

Paul Di Anno is a bitter man because of this and this book makes that clear. Also, how can Di'anno maintain that he is an 'internationally know rock star'? He made his name off the back of Iron Maiden but that finished back in 1981 - with hardly an energetic media profile since, Di'anno is simply the old Iron Maiden singer ( and not even recognisable from those days at that either). He submerges himself in this famous rock star delusion throughout the whole book making himself look like someone hoping if he tells you he's famous enough, the reader will believe he is. You decide.
I enjoyed the Iron Maiden bits and there's some other entertaining segments but the continuous references to him boasting about his temper, his drug/alcohol intake, his uncontrollable violence to men and women, how hard he is and you'd better not mess with him, his groupie action- all referred to with school bully smugness ( and this is on nearly every page folks ), it gets very boring very fast.
It all comes across as a ploy to say' hey i'm still here and i don't need Iron Maiden anyway ' whilst milking the past for all it's worth. I'm sure Di Anno is a diamond geezer and all that but his time just faded away years ago.
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