Rock Hall Says It’s ‘Really Exciting’ To Have Iron Maiden On The Ballot Again

In a conversation with Audacy’s Taryn Daly, Greg Harris, the president and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation, touched on the fact that Iron Maiden is up for consideration to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s 2023 induction class.

He said: “We talked about Warren Zevon [being nominated], a piano-playing, songwriting guy, and then the triple guitar assault of Iron Maiden in the same class. It’s really exciting and really fun now. Maiden was nominated once before, but we’re hopeful that after the success that Judas Priest [had] last year that Maiden is inducted as well… We’re thrilled that they’re on the ballot.”

This year there are a few old favorites returning to the ballot, including Iron Maiden, Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden. Alongside them are many fresh nominees, for example White Stripes, Missy Elliott, Sheryl Crow, Warren Zevon, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, and Willie Nelson. Also, there is a unified nomination for Joy Division and New Order. Additionally, Kate Bush, the Spinners and A Tribe Called Quest have earned a second chance at the ballot.

No matter what the circumstances are, it is always the perfect occasion to recall the unforgettable lines of Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, who bluntly criticized the establishment during a 2018 performance during one of his spoken word concerts.

“I actually think the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is an utter and complete load of bollocks, to be honest with you,” Dickinson told a room of fans. He also added that “It’s run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn’t know rock & roll if it hit them in the face. They need to stop taking Prozac and start drinking f**king beer.”