Friday, February 3, 2023

Rock Hall CEO comments on Iron Maiden 2023 nomination

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame CEO and President Greg Harris shared his thoughts this week on the Cleveland-based institution’s newly-announced 2023 nominees, including rare recognition for iconic heavy metal outfit Iron Maiden.

Eligible since 2005, the UK band’s second nomination in three years sees them in the running for induction alongside Soundgarden, The White Stripes, Rage Against The Machine, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Warren Zevon and more.

"It's a fantastic year," Harris tells Audacy host Taryn Daly. "This class of fourteen for consideration for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to be the 2023 class is huge. Eight of them, it's their first time ever nominated and a few of them are back for a second, third, or fourth, maybe even a fifth nomination."

"It's just a great group,”
he added later. “It underscores the diversity of what we think of as Rock N' Roll -- and really it's not just one sound, it's many sounds -- it's an attitude and a spirit."

As for Maiden, Harris says “We have a Pink Floyd wall with the inflatable, so heck yeah. We can put one of those (Eddie masks) in here. It would be exciting... You know, we talked about Warren Zevon, 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."

Should music industry voters select Iron Maiden for the Class of 2023, the Rock Hall has announced the induction would recognize the current lineup of singer Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, guitarists Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and Janick Gers, and drummer Nicko McBrain, as well as former members Clive Burr, Paul Di’Anno and Dennis Stratton.

Rock Hall nominee ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians, and members of the music industry. An artist’s musical impact and influence on other artists, length and depth of career and body of work as well as innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration.

Fans around the world participate in the Induction selection process through the Fan Vote. Through April 28, fans can vote online every day at or in person at the Museum in Cleveland. The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to determine the 2023 Inductees.

Inductees will be announced in May; the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023 Induction Ceremony will take place this fall with date, venue, and on-sale information to be announced.

Iron Maiden’s latest album is 2021’s “Senjutsu”; the band will launch The Future Past Tour in Europe in May.

Get your copy of “Senjutsu” here and the band’s self-titled debut album here.

See also:

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