Iron Maiden

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2004 (The 2005 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2010 (ranked #167) .

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Will Iron Maiden be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


125 comments so far (post your own)

Seeing that they were helpful in popularizing Heavy Metal, and that they are one of the principle influences for Metallica and a score of other bands (the pop band Wheatus went as far as to mention them prominently in the song 'Teenage Dirtbag'), it would make sense.

But then again, the Rock Hall sometimes doesn't.

Posted by Robert on Tuesday, 07.18.06 @ 11:59am

How could Maiden not be in the Hall?? UP THE IRONS!

Posted by Stephen on Monday, 07.24.06 @ 22:00pm

If they don't, then the Hall of Fame should exclude the Rock part. Iron Maiden like Judas Priest repopularize the Metal genre. They also created one of the most iconic mascots in rocks history, Eddie. Not to mention that they've had great music over the years and have given us many rock anthems. So the Hall of Fame can run and deny the big influences of the Metal genre, but in the end they are going to accept it and METAL will prevail.

Posted by hellspawn007 on Saturday, 09.2.06 @ 15:31pm

Definately wouldn't mind seeing my favorite band in the Hall of fame. Iron maiden helped to structure metal, and quite frankley I think in the near future their chances of being in the Rock Hall of fame will increase.

Posted by on Sunday, 09.3.06 @ 22:14pm

there wouldnt be a metal genre if we didnt have this band

Posted by nirvana rulz on Tuesday, 09.19.06 @ 00:30am

the rock and roll hall of fame is a whole load of shit. it is only based on a few people's narrow minded opinions. No matter how narrow minded you are, you should at least put Iron Maiden in, because they were there with black sabbath, and better than them too, so this must be, as the sex pistols said, a piss stain.

Posted by Woo! Maiden! on Wednesday, 09.27.06 @ 13:19pm

Iron Maiden was, is and always will be a band that shows consistency in quality of music sounds. Their sound is always clean, crisp, articulate, well balanced and full of dynamics. From having one of the best technically bass players in the world (Steve Harris), to the very loyal team-work brought out from the rest of this highly advanced band shows integrity. Very under-rated (especially in the U.S.), but that is because the Marketing of Bands that are out there will bring out people to buy a product that may only last as a "1-Hit Wonder" , but Iron Maiden has proven to stay true to themselves, their fans and to the public as a whole.

Posted by Marc Frank on Saturday, 10.7.06 @ 00:41am

Fat chance. as much as I'd love to see my favorite band in there, it won't happen. The big-wigs in their suits up in Cleveland won't let them.

Posted by Keegan on Saturday, 10.21.06 @ 14:11pm

Iron Maiden is just too sickeningly awesome to NOT be in the rock'n'roll hall of fame!!!
Iron maiden=Love!!

Posted by Becca N. on Wednesday, 11.8.06 @ 17:51pm

iron maiden is one of the most popular and influencial rock/metal bands of all time. they need to be there, and so does priest.

Posted by mike on Monday, 12.11.06 @ 16:30pm

If Iron Maiden doesent get inducted soon i dont know what i will do because Iron Maiden is one of the greastest group of musicians.

Posted by mat on Tuesday, 01.16.07 @ 16:38pm

Iron Maiden is so opposite from the tastes of those that vote in the hall that it will take the death or retirement of the current pool of judges for them to get in.

Which is good because Maiden kicks ass. Look at the bands inducted already, none of them are close to Maiden in any way. They will not get in and that's fine because they're better than 90% of the bands out there. They deserve it but their reward will come from the respect their fans and those in the know give to them.

Hail Maiden

Posted by Bruno on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 00:50am

I am biased with the fact that I am an Iron Maiden fan. That said, I believe they should be in for the following reasons: 1) They are an international band having sold 50 million plus records, and I believe they have won an award for being an international band. 2) They are technically the best performing heavy metal band. 3) Their new album is being praised by critics which shows they are still evolving as an act 4) They have kept doing what they do for almost 30 years despite what critics think which is basically sticking it to the man which is the heart of rock

I have always admired them for their steady touring and triumphs over change. They truly are one of musics, not just rocks, greatest bands.

Posted by Matt on Tuesday, 02.13.07 @ 13:22pm

for maiden not to get in would be a joke.

Posted by benn on Monday, 02.19.07 @ 21:03pm

If any band deserves to be in any kind of Rock/Heavy Metal Hall of fame,it's Maiden.

Posted by Pritish on Thursday, 02.22.07 @ 10:31am

Iron Maiden will go down in history as one of the greatest rock bands in history whether they get in or not. They are still putting out great music. That's more that can be said for for most the folks in the hall.

Up The Irons!

Posted by Ray on Wednesday, 02.28.07 @ 19:53pm

Let's face it guys, Iron Maiden is my favorite band too, but until Priest gets in, Maiden has NO shot whatsoever. Forget the fact that as a band, every guy in Maiden is a better technical musician in their sleep than anyone in the Clash, but the voters have their biases, and Maiden could not be further from their agenda. It's a shame, because they were definitely innovative and influential. And unlike a lot of their peers, who continue to tour on stuff they wrote 25 years ago, Maiden goes out and continues to put out new, meaningful material. The stuff on each of their last three records is every bit as good as stuff off Piece of Mind or Powerslave. Up the Irons!

Posted by Daniel on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 12:08pm

I'd like to see them get in. But like it has been said, the only metal bands past Black Sabbath that will get in are Metallica and maybe Judas Priest...

Posted by jim on Thursday, 03.22.07 @ 18:23pm

Even Sum 41 said in the song Fat Lip "Heavy Metal and Mullets is how we were raised, Maiden & Priest were the gids that we priased"


Posted by KingAd on Tuesday, 04.3.07 @ 09:19am

Me thinks the hall will probably neglect them from induction...and it's quite sad. Let's just say metal would not exist at all without these guys. Metallica is going to get it's ticket next year (it's a shoe-in)...maybe Maiden could get in as well.

Posted by maplejet on Thursday, 04.5.07 @ 14:30pm

I don't know what to say....right in 2005 after the 25 mark they should have been put on the Hall. They have been making amazing music for 27 years now since the band was formally made in 1980. I can't think of one song any Heavy Metal fan does not respect, it may not be in their top 10 but is appreciated! Without any further discussion Maiden should be up their with Judas Priest!

Posted by Shane Vanier on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 18:37pm




Posted by JREMY on Sunday, 04.15.07 @ 13:00pm

Iron Maiden is the best band of all time...hands down. Nobody what has been inducted this year or in past years even come close to the magnitute of Maiden. Iron Maiden not being inducted is the most fucked up thing that has ever happened in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history.


Posted by Hail Maiden on Friday, 05.18.07 @ 15:22pm

Maiden are the best
Up the Irons!

Posted by Maiden's Bitch on Saturday, 05.19.07 @ 12:42pm

they are the kings of heavy metal! they have influenced MILLIONS of metal bands!! and their innovation is notable as well! they cannot be excluded!

Posted by slask on Thursday, 05.24.07 @ 16:43pm

The fact they aren't in is a joke. How many Bass players have been influenced by Steven Harris? How many singers can hold a candle to Bruce's pipes? Maiden and Priest both deserve to get in


Posted by Eric on Friday, 06.15.07 @ 00:02am

they have sold 80 million : /

Posted by Gafan on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 09:57am

Hardly innovative!

Posted by pturner on Friday, 07.27.07 @ 11:02am


Posted by RAGAR on Wednesday, 08.8.07 @ 05:11am

Why is Maiden not in?? If there was no NWOBHM, metal would not exist. Not to mention they are much better than any metal band today. Think of a singer in one of today's popular metalcore/NuMetal bands. Bruce Dickinson is better than him. Maiden has to get in!

Posted by Andy on Saturday, 08.18.07 @ 21:26pm

Though it was very influential, I am confident metal would still exist without the NWOBHM bands. I'm not trying to understate the movement's importance, but I think you might be overstating it a tad.

By the way, please refrain from using comparatives with the words "any" or "every." They tend to be wrong.

Posted by William on Saturday, 08.18.07 @ 22:57pm

The NWOBHM is important because it cut out the blues influences, sped up the tempo, and took more of a hardcore approach to music. Bands like Judas Priest and Maiden were part of this movement. These bands eventually influenced the thrash/speed metal bands of the 80's, who in turn influenced today's metal bands. I'm not overstating anything. Iron Maiden deserves to be in the Hall. They helped shape the metal genre as we know it. End of discussion.

Posted by Andy on Friday, 08.24.07 @ 13:04pm

Iron Maiden is one of those great, under-appreciated Rock Bands. Not many people know of them but they were one of the biggest bands in the 80's, and still are today.

Posted by MaulYoda on Tuesday, 09.18.07 @ 19:43pm

Not many people know of them? I admit I am not a big maiden fan, but if you have any basic knowledge of rock music, you have heard of Iron Maiden.

Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 09.18.07 @ 19:58pm

Come on. Van Halen is in the Hall. Van freakin' Halen. It's a travesty that they got in before Metallica, Maiden, Priest, and Purple, all of whom were FAR more influential than Van Halen. Show me a metal band today that doesn't count three of those four bands as influences and I'll show you a pretty crappy metal band. Of course, the powers that run the Hall are dead set against heavy metal as much as possible. AC/DC, Zep, and Sabbath are there very grudgingly. Much as Maiden deserves to get in, I don't see it happening as long as Madonna and the Beastie Boys are being nominated.

Posted by Isaac on Tuesday, 10.23.07 @ 21:23pm

"Show me a metal band today that doesn't count three of those four bands as influences and I'll show you a pretty crappy metal band."-Isaac

Oh get over yourself. That's an absolute crock.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 10.23.07 @ 22:29pm

"Show me a metal band today that doesn't count three of those four bands as influences and I'll show you a pretty crappy metal band"

the irony is that the big metal bands today cite pretty much all of them as influences, and yet they're still pretty much total rubbish.

Posted by liam on Wednesday, 10.24.07 @ 07:02am

Iron Maiden deserves in because:
a) consistency - over the course of their career they have stayed true to their roots while still growing, redefining and innovating both with their music and live shows,
b) musicianship - though some would say proficiency on one's instrument matters not, it does, and Maiden would likely be considered a prog band were it not for their showmanship and marketing,
c) sales - something almost everyone here has mentioned, but you can't argue with "units moved" as they say in the biz,
d) live - Maiden was, is and will be one of the most energetic, entertaining and seamless live bands out there until they decide to hang it up. Van Halen as a live act? Um, well...put them next to Maiden as they're a garage band (sorry VH fans, but you know that's true.)
e) influence - again, stated various times here, but it bears repeating over and over. Maiden is one of the bands eligible for the Hall that has such a "family tree" of musicians and bands that it is obvious why they deserve in.

Posted by Scot Kaeff on Saturday, 11.3.07 @ 12:58pm

They really deserve to get in. Seventh Son is their best album imo, and they have other classics. And their influence is undeniable.

Posted by Tom on Sunday, 11.11.07 @ 10:29am

Iron Maiden are the greatest heavy metal band of all time...the first metal band msot people hear and one of the most come they arent in there already?

Posted by ... on Monday, 02.18.08 @ 13:58pm

I totally agree that Maiden should be in the Hall, but remember, the hall has a HUGE anti-metal bias. Pretty much, if Rolling Stone doesn't like you, you won't get in, and RS has never been a fan of metal. Look how long it took to get Sabbath in! Pretty much, the sellouts at RS don't want to bother so many of the precious artists they grovel to by putting something as "undignified" as metal up in the rare air. Shame too, because metal is so diverse, I bet that if they all quit looking down their noses, they'd be shocked. Or in quite a few cases, realize how lame they are.

Posted by Diesel on Monday, 02.25.08 @ 23:06pm

Iron Maiden definitely needs to be inducted!!!!!!
But the hall of fame voters just want to vote for
so called big name acts. If Iron Maiden is not a
big name act in their eyes, then how come they can
sellout a world tour in 2008!!!! 30 plus years in the business, and they still pack stadiums!!!! That
sounds like a big name act to me, and to millions of
other people!!!!

Posted by Will on Thursday, 03.13.08 @ 08:50am

Who cares? Certainly not the band. What difference does it make? How does inclusion change anyone's life?

Posted by Joe Krozac on Friday, 03.14.08 @ 09:48am

By the way I love Maiden (and Motorhead and Rush and Accept and Deep Purple and Judas Priest and... well you get the idea, bands that are truly musically influential.) But the "Hall of Fame" is a joke. Debating it is a waste of time.

Posted by Joe Krozac on Friday, 03.14.08 @ 10:00am

why arnt they in already

Posted by jason on Friday, 03.14.08 @ 11:57am

iron maiden are not anything more than an imitation of Kiss.Of course they shouldnt be already in and of course they ll never get in.

Posted by Scorpion on Tuesday, 03.25.08 @ 13:11pm

The hall of fame jury is completely biased against anythng metal. they'll only induct popstarz and stupid celebrity far as maiden or even priest go.....since they r not "celebs" and not as big in the US as maybe van halen, i dnt c them being inducted 4 another decade

Posted by saurabh zutshi on Monday, 03.31.08 @ 13:43pm

Iron Maiden has been around since about 1975. They played gigs untill getting their big chance in '80. After that they dominated the metal genre getting better and better every year, with a few small dropps in 95 and 98, but all in all they rule and kick all the crap band's (ex. any crappy pop/punk band from 90's) asses. It is now 2008 and they are on their somewhere back in time world tour of 08. It is huge and i hope to see a show here in atlantic canada, If they get one here of course! UP THE IRONS!!

Posted by James on Monday, 03.31.08 @ 15:42pm

Iron Maiden will rock if they are in or if they are not in. I almost dont want them in, who whould want them in the same catagory as a band like prince or the police.

Posted by DUPY on Tuesday, 04.15.08 @ 08:22am

I can honestly say that Iron Maiden are the greatest rock band of all time. Yes that is what I just said. As far as talent, intelligent lyrics, and just great rock no other band has ever been as good or will ever be as great as the mighty Iron Maiden.

Posted by skull on Tuesday, 05.20.08 @ 21:44pm

They aren't my favourite band, but objectively I would have to agree that no other band can approach the talent for poetry and musicianship that Iron Maiden possess.

Posted by Metalsmith on Wednesday, 05.21.08 @ 13:01pm

iron maiden is number 1

Posted by freddy on Monday, 06.9.08 @ 22:29pm


Posted by BRUCE on Sunday, 06.29.08 @ 15:51pm

As one of the best metal bands of all time, I think Iron Maiden will eventually get their due. They are too good to be ignored forever.

Posted by Lenny on Monday, 06.30.08 @ 14:13pm

As long as bands better than maiden are ignored for
years none should have problem.

Posted by LAKIS on Tuesday, 07.1.08 @ 08:09am

Iron Maiden RAWKS!
end of story
Three influential bands are Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, & Led Zepplin
if you denie these Mega Legends
your basically lying to yourself beyond reason
they will get in, even if it takes three fires and threats of a tornado
I really wish i had sum tickets to a show
its been a long time since Christmas
and a lot of history

Posted by V on Thursday, 08.14.08 @ 09:51am

three influential bands are Kiss,Scorpions and Guns n Roses if you cant accept it the problem is yours

Posted by Lakis on Thursday, 08.21.08 @ 10:12am

iron maiden gets pushed to the side by too many people, their influence goes beyond the music. their most recent treks around the world all to sold out crowds should indicate that even though the united states may not accept what is fact, maiden due rule the metal world. metallica, gnr all got to share in the greatest music ever created, and maiden are the reason why.

Posted by david valdez on Tuesday, 09.9.08 @ 15:16pm

Its a tragedy that they arent in the HOF yet. They have influenced more bands than most in the HOF actually have. And they have been phenomenally successful, too, not some 'underground band who has been influential'. Hopefully theyll get in. But I doubt Bruce, Steve and co. care.

Posted by Brian on Thursday, 09.11.08 @ 18:02pm

without a doubt....they deserve it. Number of the Beast is a Metal Masterpiece!!......Quintessential metal band. Too bad the Hall does not recognize Metal or progressive music.....they just don't get it.

Posted by bquest on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 11:55am

I don't think I like to meet an Iron Maiden. She sounds like a bitch. I prefer nice maidens.

Posted by Joker on Saturday, 10.25.08 @ 21:40pm

Top Five:

1. Number of the Beast
2. The Trooper
3. Run to the Hills
4. Killers
5. Piece of Mind

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 11.11.08 @ 09:51am

Do you honestly want iron maiden to be in the hall if they're looking to induct people such as Madonna. MADONNA A ROCK STAR!??! Am i the only one who is completely confused. I don't even know what rock is anymore. Maybe when Madonna picks up a guitar and starts shredding it to flaming bits i'll agree that Iron Maiden should be on the rock and roll hall of fame. As an Iron Maiden fan myself i hope they never get in. Can you imagine seeing Eddy next to a picture of Madonna?
What is the world coming to? UP THE IRONS!

Posted by Dr_Funkenstein on Monday, 11.24.08 @ 07:43am

God bless you, Dr. Funkenstein. I couldn't agree more. Although don't let yourself get confused. It's the Hall of Fame judges who don't know what rock and roll is anymore. If they ever did.

Posted by Metalsmith on Monday, 11.24.08 @ 22:44pm

If you're looking for a Hall that celebrates the acts that RAWWWK the most, you're in the wrong place. That's not what this is all about. It may sound strange, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not a Rock Hall of Fame. Don't lose your faith in humanity, Madonna is still considered to be dancepop, not hardrock.

Posted by The_Claw on Tuesday, 11.25.08 @ 03:57am

None of us would have a problem w/any of this if it wasn't for those plaques sitting at the upper levels. Without those plaques this would be just a music museum w/some neat exhibits. Just give me a wrecking ball and let me knock the top level off, and I'll be a happy camper.

BTW if Maiden does get in I'd like to see Eddie eat the plaque in a Cookie-Monster driven display of rebellious madness (or at least a Jenny Craig driven display of unrequited hunger).

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 11.25.08 @ 05:23am

So far the rock hall brings Madana in and keeps such bands as Boston, Deeep Purple, Skyliners, Iron Maiden, and Jeff Beck. That doesn't make any sense but it is what it is.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 11.28.08 @ 05:50am

Judas Priest and Manowar are better.

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Thursday, 12.18.08 @ 21:43pm

Watch your mouth, new kid.

Posted by Metalsmith on Thursday, 12.18.08 @ 23:46pm

I did not say they were bad. It's just I think Priest should be inducted before them.

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 03:57am

It's okay, newbie, just initiation. Looks like you got some pretty good musical tastes dude. Keep it up.

Posted by Metalsmith on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 16:13pm

Thanks man! Just one thing, I'm Italian, and the only time i ve heard the word 'newbie' it was in Scrubs tv series, in not really nice way!:) so yeah I know i'm new here, but still...:)

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 16:16pm

Yes for Maiden. But I agree that Priest, Helloween, and Manowar should probably go before them.

Posted by Hairbandsarethebest on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 16:23pm

Manowar wouldn't have existed if not for Judas Priest and Helloween wouldn't be here without Iron Maiden. Priest and Maiden are Hall of Fame material, but the newer bands not so much.

Posted by Metalsmith on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 18:50pm

Yep. Priest and Maiden should go first. Then Helloween and Manowar, they are hugely influencial too.
Oh, and don't forget DIO and Rainbow.

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 21:10pm

Slipknot; Avenged Angel? Truly, youth is wasted on the young!

Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Friday, 12.26.08 @ 06:02am

iron maiden best band in the world up the irons

Posted by jhon freddy on Friday, 04.24.09 @ 16:25pm

hall of fame show respect for iron maiden up the irons

Posted by john freddy on Friday, 04.24.09 @ 16:28pm

I think Maiden should be in there for sure, so I think I will make a YT video asking some subs to pass, download then upload, share, make their own and feature the videos. Maiden really deserve to be in there.

Posted by - on Saturday, 04.25.09 @ 13:25pm

Does anyone here know any heavy metal band of today that has not been influenced by Iron Maiden? These guys paved the way for basically the next few decades of that rock subgenre. Honestly, Iron Maiden can still fill arenas world-wide and have such dedicated fans. How many rock bands can still get top 10 albums in the U.S. almost 30 years later? They were one of the most well-known and successful acts of the NWOBHM. They started out as a mix of punk(Paul Di'anno) and metal. Then when Bruce Dickinson joined the band they sealed thier metal legacy. Bruce had and still does have a great operatic vocal style. Always great guitar work in this band and if you don't believe me listen to the solos in "The Trooper", "2 Minutes to Midnight", "Number of the Beast". Steve Harris is most likely one of the greatest bass guitarists in rock history. The bassline in "Run to the Hills" is really fast. Really an influencial band that the hall will not let in because of thier own stuck up opinions.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 05.2.09 @ 14:21pm

God, I hate Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Maiden are a highly successful and famous band. I mean people who don't even listen to them still know who they are - is'nt that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame material?

Why can't they just put a judging panel that is'nt biased into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Posted by eccles on Friday, 05.15.09 @ 14:07pm

Here's all you need to know about the NWoBHM. I dug up this old documentary.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 06.30.09 @ 17:13pm

I had heard recently that there was a '60s band by the name of Iron Maiden as well. Can anybody confirm this?

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 09.21.09 @ 21:57pm

Yes Dudeman, there was a band from the late 60's called Iron Maiden. They released one album called Maiden Voyage. I have it.. here is a track from that LP

Posted by A.R. on Monday, 09.21.09 @ 22:20pm

I am not a big Metal fan, but Iron Maiden is fantastic. Bruce is one of the best singers ever.

Posted by Robin on Monday, 12.28.09 @ 15:06pm

I just don't understand why they are not looking more into Iron Maiden as inductees, to me metal or not, they to me seem to be a shoe-in for the hall of fame. I don't get it. Is it the genre as a whole that is being snubbed by the hall? I know Metallica made it in last year, but this is a band that pre-dates Metallica and is heavily noted as one of their biggest influences. Not to mention the crowd attendance they still pull at their shows with little to no radio or video airplay. These guys are too much an influence in rock, inside and outside of the metal genre not to be added to the hall of fame.

Posted by Keith on Tuesday, 12.29.09 @ 17:01pm

Absolutely they should be in. They're all really talented. Their influence is undeniable. "Phantom of the Opera" might have been the beginning of prog-metal, and how many bands could fuse punk, prog and metal together (the first album)? Plus, check out the "Somewhere Back In Time" documentary. They're still as good as ever live, and they were the first metal band to have a mascot. Even though they're not that big in the U.S. now they're still huge everywhere else. However, even if they manage to get in Deep Purple, Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy, it'll only increase their chances a bit. A shame, really, because they're much more deserving than Guns 'n' Roses, who I guarantee will be inducted.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 16:57pm

"Phantom of the Opera" might have been the beginning of prog-metal, and how many bands could fuse punk, prog and metal together (the first album)?

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 16:57pm
"Prog-metal". I'm interested in what you say here. I'm wondering, in what ways do you see it as an off-shoot from progressive rock? I've often thought that there wasn't much of a difference from Van Halen in terms of guitar style here, though I know Maiden, Priest, etc. are obviously heavier.

If you're talking thematically, didn't Zeppelin, Sabbath, etc. hit it on the head earlier w/the Celtic influences and the mysticism?

I'm not trying to bash Maiden here, I'm just interested in how you phrased it here, that's all.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 18:57pm

It was mentioned by someone in the VH1 documentary Heavy: The Story of Metal how Maiden had the energy of punk but also the chops of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Genesis. "Phantom of the Opera" is an example of that, as it's very technical and has several different switches in time signatures, which is what defined prog (see "Echoes" or "Karn Evil 9") but it's also very agressive, and I think that's something that rubbed off on Metallica. Also, Maiden has at times flirted with full-on prog (see the songs "Stranger In A Strangeland" and "Caught Somewhere In Time" and "Infinite Dreams"). I was looking at it from a musical perspective, of them succesfully fusing metal, punk and prog into their sound.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 02.9.10 @ 20:04pm

What's "Previously Considered" by the way, FRL? Does that mean somebody on the Commitee proposed nominating them, or that the metal commitee manged to get their name onto the shortlist for nomination?

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 02.25.10 @ 14:14pm

Both, I suspect. They were brought up, but didn't make the final cut.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 02.25.10 @ 14:25pm

Cleveland SUX! Just ask Lebron James. Up The Irons.

Posted by fatmex on Friday, 07.9.10 @ 18:00pm

Lebron James is an egotistical wanker. Talented athlete, but how desperate for attention are you when you stage an hour long press conference? Lebron is a diva, and ESPN has ass-kissing phonies. Just ask Cleveland. Up the Irons!

Posted by Sam on Friday, 07.9.10 @ 21:21pm

I can seem them being inducted eventually (and most certainly deservingly), unfortunately it won't be for a while probably (Maybe another five to ten years), which is what really stinks.

Up the Irons!

Posted by Mister Mister Mister on Monday, 08.2.10 @ 11:36am

Oh, and the people bashing the 'Hall of Fame' are kinda ignorant (adjust. VERY ignorant).

Posted by Mister Misster of Mister Land on Monday, 08.2.10 @ 11:53am

Are we now? Are you even aware of the massive amount of omissions?

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 08.3.10 @ 16:03pm

Considering the halls stance on metal in general, I'm shocked that Iron Maiden has been considered by the committee.

Posted by Jimbo on Friday, 09.3.10 @ 21:03pm

I say yes based on their history and the many bands they've influenced. On top of that..the success of their latest album should be the icing on the cake. It's #1 in 21 countries. When a band is still relevant and popular after 30 years, they should definitely get in.

Posted by LDF on Saturday, 09.4.10 @ 23:55pm

By my count, it actually hit #1 in 30 countries, including the UK and Canada. #2 in Argentina, Austrialia, the Netherlands and Russia. #3 in Ireland, Poland and Turkey, #4 in the US, #5 in Singapore and #6 in Belgium. This after 30 years, despite little to no airplay and not fitting in with any current mainstream trends. They can still play arenas in the US, though nobody would guess that. On the tour so far, they've played both Madison Square Garden and the AT&T Center in San Antonio. They're scheduled to play many arenas and stadiums on the rest of the tour (through June of next year), including two nights at the O2 Arena in London (the site of the Led Zeppelin reunion), 5 days at the Soundwave Festival in Australia, and Arenas all across the UK, plus an arena in Japan. They can fill stadiums (filling up to 100-200,000) in Mexico and South America. Sales are secondary, yes, but this continued popularity is on top of the rest of their credentials.

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Posted by JOE on Friday, 02.25.11 @ 08:56am

Iron Maiden have been a pillar of the music industry for 35 years, which is a feat many bands can only dream of accomplishing. Most bands and "artists" are now disposable and don't last for more than a few years; Maiden have stood the test of time, have faced their critics, have not given in to the temptations of "commercial" success, and have continued in their path of making music their fans want to hear.
They have influenced so many other bands over the years and have shown determination, consistency, and above all professionalism. They don't care about the media, the awards, or the 'glamour' of fame... they just want to please their fans.
If you are a fan of rock / metal, you owe it to yourself to get to their nearest concert and see how real music is supposed to be played.

Posted by Dee on Saturday, 02.26.11 @ 06:56am

Was going to comment on how awesome Iron Maiden was but had to be sure no douche named Kit was here trying to push really horrible music on everyone and then claiming that legendary bands, like Iron Maiden, were horrible.

Like to say, Iron Maiden live, even if it was El Dorado (and not something epic like Powerslave or Number of the Beast) was well worth the $$$. I'm honestly surprised they have yet to be introduced to the Hall of Fame considering A LOT of power metal bands are influenced by Iron Maiden, and that Iron Maiden is considered one of the greatest bands during live performances. Oh, and thrash metal wouldn't exist without Iron Maiden (since Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Scott Ian, and Tom Araya all were inspired by Iron Maiden).

Posted by Minoru on Thursday, 07.7.11 @ 15:12pm

While I agree with what you say 100%, I must dig up something from the Rush page:

"Priest and Maiden may have had their share of gimmickry, but they also had their share of innovation, particularly Maiden, who are responsible for just about every metal sub-genre around today."* - Kit

Yeah, sure sounds like part of the anti-metal group, doesn't he?

*=Partially paraphrased, but close enough

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 07.7.11 @ 15:54pm

Although I like some heavy metal bands better, I can still respect this one. They were one of the greats of the early days of metal, and still continue to be one of the greats today. It is tiresome that the Hall obviously and purposely ignores these bands.

Posted by Bob on Monday, 07.18.11 @ 15:11pm

If Metallica is in then Iron Maiden should be in. Therre is probably an issue with heavy metal not getting enough critical respect, but their music was really something. And their posters scared the crap out of your parents.

Posted by astrodog on Tuesday, 08.2.11 @ 23:22pm

If Iron Maiden will be inducted into the rrhf(soon i hope), this would be the inductees:


Posted by L.A on Wednesday, 02.1.12 @ 10:33am

So this year we elect Guns & Roses...who were talented and influential...

but not Maiden OR Priest

guess 20 years of consistency is no match for one album and a lot of tabloid headlines.

I live 1 hour from the rock and roll hall of fame... and one hour from the Pro football HOF.
have visited the Pro Football one nimerous times but have NO intention of ever giving the idiots at the Rock and Snob Hall my hard earned cash.


Posted by MetalliBear on Friday, 04.20.12 @ 03:10am

Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills (1982)
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (1985)

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.1.12 @ 08:01am

This is one of those Discrediting Caliber bands where people ask when Iron Maiden was inducted and you say they've never even been nominated, people just get disgusted and dismiss the Hall.

Even if you don't like Iron Maiden, and we can see by prior inductions and snubbings that the Hall hates metal and hates progressive stylings, you've got to put Iron Maiden in.

People look at the past few years of inductions and they are just puzzled. Deep Purple isn't in but Beastie Boys are? Percy Sledge is in but Judas Priest has never even been nominated?

Iron Maiden have recently seen a resurgence in popularity and influence off the strength of several records and their killer live show. I mean, this band has it all. Influence, talent, longevity, sales out the wazoo (gold and platinum all over the world, back to back to back to back (4 consecutive) platinum records in the U.S.)

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 02.27.13 @ 10:14am

This is one of those Discrediting Caliber bands where people ask when Iron Maiden was inducted and you say they've never even been nominated, people just get disgusted and dismiss the Hall.

Even if you don't like Iron Maiden, and we can see by prior inductions and snubbings that the Hall hates metal and hates progressive stylings, you've got to put Iron Maiden in.

People look at the past few years of inductions and they are just puzzled. Deep Purple isn't in but Beastie Boys are? Percy Sledge is in but Judas Priest has never even been nominated?

Iron Maiden have recently seen a resurgence in popularity and influence off the strength of several records and their killer live show. I mean, this band has it all. Influence, talent, longevity, sales out the wazoo (gold and platinum all over the world, back to back to back to back (4 consecutive) platinum records in the U.S.)

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 02.27.13 @ 10:49am

this is the biggest slight! appearantly the british heavy metal movement was not Influential to all current crops of hard rock bands---you choose to induct bands like metallica but pass on bands like MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST,AND MOTORHEAD, whose rock and roll presence birthed the very bands you choose to induct?? I'm pretty sure most true music fans could make a list of bands you've omitted for god knows why that would rival those already in.

Posted by arthur jones on Tuesday, 03.5.13 @ 18:25pm

RIP, Clive Burr

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 03.13.13 @ 18:58pm

They had a lot of short lived members

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 08.15.13 @ 04:34am

This is a hard one. I don't know which short lived members will be inducted, if any.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 08.15.13 @ 04:36am

Iron Maiden

01. Steve Harris – bass, backing vocals (1975–present), keyboards (1998–present)
02. Dave Murray – guitars (1976–1977, 1978–present)
03. Adrian Smith – guitars, backing vocals (1980–1990, 1999–present)
04. Bruce Dickinson – lead vocals (1981–1993, 1999–present)
05. Nicko McBrain – drums, percussion (1982–present)
06. Janick Gers – guitars (1990–present)
07. Michael Kenney – keyboards (1988–present)
08. Paul Day – lead vocals (1975–1976)
09. Ron "Rebel" Matthews – drums (1975–1977)
10. Terry Rance – guitars (1975–1976)
11. Dave Sullivan – guitars (1975–1976)
12. Dennis Wilcock – lead vocals (1976–1978)
13. Bob Sawyer – guitars (1977)
14. Terry Wapram – guitars (1977–1978)
15. Tony Moore – keyboards (1977)
16. Thunderstick – drums, percussion (1977)
17. Doug Sampson – drums, percussion (1977–1979)
18. Paul Di'Anno – lead vocals (1978–1981)
19. Paul Cairns – guitars (1978–1979)
20. Paul Todd – guitars (1979)
21. Tony Parsons – guitars (1979)
22. Dennis Stratton – guitars, backing vocals (1979–1980)
23. Clive Burr – drums, percussion (1979–1982)
24. Blaze Bayley – lead vocals (1994–1999)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 08.15.13 @ 05:18am

Literally the only band who can bring me to my knees. Their music is of the highest technical quality, songwriting is unsurpassed, and NOBODY can bring it live like Maiden...if you've seen a Maiden show you might as well stop going to concerts because you will never see anything like it ever've seen the best there is. That said, will they get into the Hall? I guess the answer is that it probably matters very little to this group of fine gentlemen who seem hell-bent on staying true to their music, themselves, and above all else - their long-time, fiercely loyal, and rabid fan base. If they are eventually inducted, I will be front and center in Cleveland giving them the applause they deserve for their impeccable integrity and righteous path they have never deviated from to arrive there. Up the irons!

Posted by Gary on Tuesday, 11.12.13 @ 12:20pm

Iron Maiden was one of the greatest 80's Metal bands.They picked up steam after replacing their singer with Bruce Dickinson which was one of the best moves in the history of music.Stevie Nicks & Lindsay Buckingham joining Fleetwood Mac too.

For a metal band,Iron Maiden put out a great platter of hits:The Trooper,Wasted Years,Run To The Hills,etc.

They helped elevate metal with great songwriting & superior musicianship. I could take or leave the Eddie gimmick. Read somewhere they sold over 100 million albums worldwide. They really are deserving RRHOF because like Judas Priest they helped make metal pallatable to the masses. Outstanding band. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 02.25.14 @ 16:57pm

They should have been inducted a long time ago... wait, they're british.

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 23:15pm

IRON MAIDEN should be the type of band RRHOF enjoys and inducts. With little radio airplay on major stations and few Top 40 hits, Iron Maiden let their music do the talking. Awesome live shows and outstanding musicianship. Think my ears are still ringing from that Seventh Son concert years ago. They have influenced 100's of metal bands and rock bands since. Their smartest decision was hiring Bruce Dickinson as singer in early 80's. His soaring voice to the already excellent music made Iron Maiden unbeatable. It would be difficult to say my FAV Iron Maiden song but my Top 3 would be Flight of Icaraus, Wasted Years, The Trooper in some order. I'm hoping Deep Purple gets inducted in 2016 and Judas Priest in 2017. Iron Maiden might receive nomination in 2018, 2019, or 2020. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 09.12.15 @ 19:53pm

IMO, a future Iron Maiden HOF induction will include only the following members:

1. Steve Harris – bass
2. Dave Murray – guitars
3. Adrian Smith – guitars
4. Bruce Dickinson – lead vocals
5. Nicko McBrain - drums
6. Clive Burr - drums
7. Janick Gers – guitars

Likely to get the "Dave Abbruzzese/Bob Welch" treatment (key member who is not on good terms with core members of the band) is original vocalist Paul Di'Anno. The "Nick Simper/John Rutsey/Peter Banks" treatment (original member who only played on 1 or 2 early albums) will go to Dennis Stratton.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, 03.14.17 @ 23:28pm

Iron Maiden is the greatest band in history, without question! They definitely deserve the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

Posted by Luke Madigan on Monday, 05.8.17 @ 14:18pm

Iron Maiden is the greatest band in history, without question! They definitely deserve the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

Posted by Luke Madigan on Monday, 05.8.17 @ 14:18pm

Saw Iron Maiden the other night for the first time. I'll admit it, I was there for mostly the opening act, Ghost. I'll also admit that I'm not much of a fan of Iron Maiden, let's just say they were alright. Look, I am familiar with their colossal impact on hard rock and metal, and I'm pretty sure within the next few years they'll get in the Hall. It will be very interesting to see which band from the hard-rock/metal genre will be next. Could be Motley Crue, Judas Priest (I'm betting on them) or Iron Maiden. I'd love to add any of those bands to my "Bands in the RRHOF I've seen" list.

What I was very naive about is several youngsters, or people ten years younger than me really dig Iron Maiden. I'm talking about 20-somethings. It was a mixture of middle-age men and college kids there. Dickinson joked that there were mostly dudes in the crowd. He was actually quite a showman and jokester on-stage. Stage set-up was nice too.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Saturday, 07.15.17 @ 08:05am

If they are not inducted into the Rock and roll HOF then just shut it down and end the foolishness. They are epitome of what excellence in musicianship is about. As influential as any band since the Beatles, one of the greatest live bands world wide, and sold over 100 million records, how are they not already in????

Posted by David on Thursday, 12.14.17 @ 15:07pm

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