IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Says ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Is 'An Utter And Complete Load Of Bollocks'

IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Says ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Is 'An Utter And Complete Load Of Bollocks'

Bruce Dickinson believes that IRON MAIDEN should "absolutely" be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal groups like MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST and MOTÖRHEAD have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted GUNS N' ROSES in that band's first year of eligibility.

Asked by a fan at the October 19 Melbourne, Australia stop of his current spoken-word tour if he thinks MAIDEN should be inducted into the Rock Hall, the singer responded (see video below): "Absolutely." After a brief pause, he added: "I actually think the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is an utter and complete load of bollocks, to be honest with you. It's run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn't know rock and roll if it hit them in the face. They need to stop taking Prozac and start drinking fucking beer."

Having been eligible for induction since 2005, IRON MAIDEN is one of the biggest bands on the planet. Since the release of their self-titled debut album, the British heavy metal legends have released a further 15 full-length studio records, and sold over 100 million copies.

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Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible a quarter century after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other "criteria include the influence and significance of the artists' contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock 'n' roll," which is, of course, open to interpretation.

Eligible for induction since 1999, KISS didn't get its first nomination until 2009, and was finally inducted in 2014.

DEEP PURPLE was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn't get inducted until 2016.

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