Bruce Dickinson Wouldn’t Let the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induct Iron Maiden Even If They Wanted to
Artists become eligible for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album, which means that Iron Maiden have already been eligible for thirteen years and still haven’t been voted in. Given that, one has to suspect that they may never be voted in.
Which is A GODDAMN OUTRAGE! Kidding. It’s completely fucking meaningless. It’s not like the band needs help packing arenas. Those dudes make BANK. So what would an induction do for them? Make your grandma finally consider “Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter” to be a serious piece of aural art?
One person who knows just how empty an honor it is to be inducted into the RNRHOF is Bruce Dickinson, who tells The Jerusalem Post that even if they did wanna induct the band, he’d tell them to stick it where the sun don’t shine:
“I’m really happy we’re not there and I wound never want to be there. If we’re ever inducted I will refuse – they won’t bloody be having my corpse in there.
“Rock & 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.”
Now, not that I would ever question the veracity of any claim made by Bruce Almighty, but just to play devil’s advocate here, I suppose it’s worth considering that his statement is actually a defensive “You can’t fire me I quit!”-type deal. Like, “Oh, I wasn’t invited to your fancy party? Fine. I didn’t want to go anyway.”
But I don’t think so. Brucie doesn’t strike me as the insecure type. He’s a rock star-pilot-industrialist-philanthropist, fer Chrissakes. He’s practically a God among men. Fuck’s he need this shit for?
Maiden have a massive tour of North America scheduled for next summer. Get dates here.