IRON MAIDEN is trailing behind Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, SOUNDGARDEN, Warren Zevon, and Willie Nelson in terms of the fan vote for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction of this year.
Over one million ballots have been submitted since voting opened. Until April 28, people are able to vote daily on the Hall Of Fame’s website. The five most picked artists by the public will form a “fans’ ballot” which will be taken into account in addition to the other ballots to decide the 2023 inductees.
Earlier today, Cyndi Lauper was the leader in votes with 113,870, George Michael was close behind with 112,298, SOUNDGARDEN had 89,058, Warren Zevon 87,888, Willie Nelson had 87,685, and IRON MAIDEN brought up the rear with 82,528.
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 and MOTÖRHEAD have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted GUNS N’ ROSES in that band’s first year of eligibility.
In 2018, MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson described Rock Hall as “an utter and complete load of bollocks run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn’t know rock and roll if it hit them in the face.”
MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris previously told Rolling Stone that he doesn’t care that his band has yet to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame despite the fact that it has been eligible since 2004.
“I don’t mind that we’re not in things like that. I don’t think about things like that,” Harris said. “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.”