Steve Harris has insisted he “won’t lose sleep” if Iron Maiden never get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Despite being eligible since 2005 – 25 years after the release of their self-titled debut album – Iron Maiden, incredibly, are yet to pick up a solitary nomination for the Hall of Fame.
In an interview with Rolling Stone on the eve of the North American leg of The Legacy of the Beast Tour, Iron Maiden’s founder and sole constant member, Steve Harris, said accolades don’t concern him.
Asked what he makes of it, Steve said: “I don’t mind that we’re not in things like that. I don’t think about things like that.
“It’s very nice if people give you awards or accolades, but we didn’t get into the business for that sort of thing. I’m certainly not going to lose sleep if we don’t get any sort of award, not just that one, any award. I don’t think we deserve to have this or that necessarily. With what we do, whatever comes of it is great. Whatever doesn’t come of it is great, too.”
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson previously stuck the boot into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne in October 2018 dubbing it “an utter and complete load of bollocks” and “run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn’t know rock ‘n’ roll if it hit them in the face.”
Asked about the comments in a November 2018 with The Jerusalem Post, Bruce expressed his dissatisfaction at the news reports as they made it seem like he cared about the Hall of Fame.
"I was so annoyed with that coverage because they took my statement out of context to make it seem like I was upset that we weren't in the Hall Of Fame,” Bruce explained.
"I'm really happy we're not there and I would never want to be there. If we're ever inducted, I will refuse — they won't bloody be having my corpse in there.”
He continued: "Rock and roll music does not belong in a mausoleum in Cleveland. It's a living, breathing thing, and if you put it in a museum, then it's dead. It's worse than horrible, it's vulgar."
Iron Maiden kick off the North American leg of their Legacy of the Beast World Tour at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida tonight (Thursday 18th July).
We recently rounded up a number Iron Maiden classics and deeper cuts we’d love to see on their setlist one day. Check them out here: