For the second time since 2021, Iron Maiden has been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. But the real question is how they'll be represented in the hall if they get in… and will that representation include one of those big ass Eddie stage props.
In a interview with Audacy host Taryn Daly, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Greg Harris said he's down to have a giant Eddie in the hall. Harris also said he's happy that Iron Maiden is once again on the ballot, and hopes that Judas Priest is an indication that more metal will make it into the hall.
"We have a Pink Floyd wall with the inflatable, so heck yeah. We can put one of those babies in here. It would be exciting. It's fun to think that… you know, we talked about Warren Zevon [who is 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. What a great… we're thrilled that they're on the ballot."
It's interesting that Harris brings up Judas Priest's induction as an indicator, considering Priest got in through the Musical Excellence Award as opposed to the standard Performers Award. But hey – metal being in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame by any means is a nice nod toward an important genre.
Iron Maiden, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, have been nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Class of 2023. Fan voting is open here and winners will be announced in May.
The full list of nominees are:
- Kate Bush
- Sheryl Crow
- Missy Elliott
- Iron Maiden
- Joy Division/New Order
- Cyndi Lauper
- George Michael
- Willie Nelson
- Rage Against the Machine
- The Spinners
- A Tribe Called Quest
- The White Stripes
- Warren Zevon
Iron Maiden's members that will potentially be inducted are Clive Burr, Paul Di’Anno, Bruce Dickinson, Janick Gers, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, and Dennis Stratton. Iron Maiden was previously nominated in 2021.
Rage Against The Machine's members are of course Tim Commerford, Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk. Rage Against The Machine has been nominated for the Rock Hall in 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. So here's hoping this is the year, right?
Soundgarden's members for induction are potentially Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Ben Shepherd, Kim Thayil, and Hiro Yamamoto. Soundgarden has only been nominated once before in 2020.