Collectors Dream Records will release a new tribute to metal legends IRON MAIDEN on January 23, 2015. Titiled "A Tribute To Iron Maiden - Celebrating The Beast Vol. 1 (The Evil That Men Do)", the album will include new interpretations of classic MAIDEN songs by several acclaimed vocalists in the hard rock and heavy metal genre, including Paul Di'Anno (IRON MAIDEN), Doogie White (MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK, RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Steve Grimmett (GRIM REAPER, ONSLAUGHT), Steve Overland (WILDLIFE, FM) and Gary Barden (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP).
"A Tribute To Iron Maiden - Celebrating The Beast Vol. 1 (The Evil That Men Do)" track listing:
01. Hallowed Be Thy Name (feat. Doogie White)
02. The Evil That Men Do (feat. Doogie White)
03. Can I Play With Madness (feat. Steve Overland)
04. Running Free (feat. Paul Di'Anno)
05. Two Minutes To Midnight (feat. Steve Grimmett)
06. Iron Maiden (feat. Paul Di'Anno)
07. Phantom Of The Opera (feat. Paul Di'Anno)
08. Run To The Hills (feat. Steve Overland)
09. Wrathchild (feat. Paul Di'Anno)
10. The Number Of The Beast (feat. Steve Grimmett)
11. The Trooper (feat. Gary Barden)
Check out former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno's reniditon of "Running Free" in the YouTube clip below.
Di'Anno recorded two classic albums with IRON MAIDEN before being fired and replaced by Bruce Dickinson. He went on to front a number of other bands, including KILLERS and BATTLEZONE, and released several solo records.
Speaking about why he thinks his two LPs with MAIDEN became timeless and iconic in the rock history, Di'Anno told Spotlight Report: "I think because when we started, the whole punk thing was so bloody huge, which I loved and still love punk to this day, and the heavier music just became so distant; they called it dinosaur rock back in the day."
He continued: "When we got signed and the whole New Wave Of British Heavy Metal started, that's what really kicked off what we have today. If it wasn't for MAIDEN and bands like SAXON, MOTÖRHEAD, etc., you would never have had bands like METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX. If you didn't have those bands, you would never have had SEPULTURA, MORBID ANGEL and then PANTERA, etc. So at the time, they were just bloody good albums, but in the history of things, they really kicked off what started for anything today that has heavy guitar. And yeah, they are timeless. Those albums still sell millions. You don't see the crap that was around then still selling shit, like SHAKIN' STEVENS or SPANDAU BALLET, do ya?"
Asked about the difficulties of pulling off some of his classic material live as he is getting older, Paul told Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon: "I've got tell you one thing, my voice is actually getting better. I'm hitting notes I've never hit in quite a long time. And you know why? 'Cause I don't fuss about over it. Some people, they go, 'Oh, I've got a slight cough. Let's cancel the whole show. The whole tour's gonna be off.' If you look at my touring schedule, it's brutal, normally. I do this five, six, seven days a week, something like that, and I'm still hitting those notes. And I'm really happy with what we're doing in the studio. I'm hitting notes Rob Halford can't hit anymore. So I'm doing quite well; I'm really happy. And the reason why is 'cause I don't fuss about over it. A slight little cough? 'Oh, no, that's it; everything is off.' Me, I don't care of me voice. I still smoke, I still drink. I still have it, mate."