Thursday, October 25, 2018

Iron Maiden singer slams Rock Hall over band’s exclusion

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson slammed the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame over the band’s exclusion during his current spoken word tour of Australia.

During an audience Q&A session, the rocker was asked by a fan in Melbourne if he thinks the group should be inducted into the Cleveland-based institution.

"Absolutely," Dickinson replied (see video below). “I actually think the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is an utter and complete load of bollocks, to be honest with you. It's run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn't know rock and roll if it hit them in the face. They need to stop taking Prozac and start drinking f-ing beer."

To be eligible for the Rock Hall, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. According to the Hall, factors including an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

The iconic metal outfit – who have been eligible since 2005 – have released 16 studio records with worldwide sales totalling more than 100 million copies.

Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks and Rage Against The Machine are among the nominees for induction into the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The 2019 inductees will be announced in December, while the ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in New York on March 29, 2019 and recorded for later broadcast by HBO.

Next month, Iron Maiden will launch a reissue of their complete catalog in a newly-announced series of digipack editions.

A continuation of the veteran metal band’s remastered Studio Collection project, the albums will be released chronologically in batches of four across a nine month period beginning November 16, when fans can pick up the group’s first four records: 1980’s self-titled debut, 1981’s “Killers”, 1982’s “The Number Of The Beast” and 1983’s “Piece Of Mind.”

See also:

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