Former Iron Maiden Singer Blasts Tobias Forge’s Vocal Performance On ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ Cover

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In a since-deleted Facebook post of his, former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno expressed that he is not a fan of Ghost’s cover of “Phantom Of The Opera” (which is a song he sang on Maiden’s debut LP). But what is it about Ghost‘s cover that Di’Anno doesn’t like? Well, in a new interview with Loaded Radio, Di’Anno expanded upon his issues with the cover.

Talking about what it is about the cover that irks him, the former Iron Maiden singer shares that while he thinks the music is “great,” he isn’t a fan of Tobias Forge‘s vocals. Per Di’Anno (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“The music’s great. I just don’t think Tobias fucking tried hard enough vocally. He sounds a bit plain… And he changed the lyrics slightly… That was a bit weird.”

Di’Anno then addresses his since-deleted Facebook post where he shared his initial thoughts on the song and says that he’s listened to the track a few times now:

“When I first heard it, I was probably in a bad mood that day. I said, ‘This is fucking bullshit.’ But I’ve listened to it about three or four times. [The music is] pretty damn good, actually, to be honest with you. But as I said, I just feel like Tobias didn’t give it some welly [using British slang for ‘energy’], as we say… Give me some fucking welly.”

But while the former Iron Maiden singer is not a fan of Ghost’s “Phantom Of The Opera” cover, he does add that he is happy for the band:

“Regardless of what you think of Ghost, I’m very happy for them. Maybe I was just pissed off with life [that day], as usual. The older I get, the grumpier I am. Fucking great. Once you get over 50, you’ve got every fucking right to say what you want.

“As I said, I just wish he’d put a bit more effort into the vocals. That’s all.”

What do you think of Ghost’s “Phantom Of The Opera” cover? Do you prefer it over the original version, or vice versa?

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