Metal Hall Of Fame has issued a statement as a response to recent IRON MAIDEN snub by Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
In response to today’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announcement denying the induction of Iconic Heavy Metal band IRON MAIDEN, Metal Hall of Fame President/CEO Pat Gesualdo stated the following. ‘Even though former members of IRON MAIDEN are being Inducted into the upcoming 2021 Metal Hall of Fame awards gala, the fact that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has just denied the induction of IRON MAIDEN, or even considers any hard rock or metal band for nomination, is completely disingenuous.
“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has diluted itself into the popularity hall of fame. They continue to disrespect the entire genre of hard rock and heavy metal music, as well as all of it’s fans throughout the world. As the Metal Hall of Fame, we have proved yet again, we are the only institution for hard rock, heavy metal and all of it’s fans. This is evident by our inductions with Iconic metal bands, artists, and executives of all time, such as JUDAS PRIEST, Randy Rhoads, ANTHRAX, Geoff Tate, Ronnie James Dio, Megaeforce Records founders Jon and Marcia Zazula, (Inducted by METALLICA), as well as many others over the years.
“At the Metal Hall of Fame, we are all about the fans and preserving Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music. Vote’s are generated by the fans, as well as our nominating committee. Our Board of Directors is comprised of Legendary hard rock and Heavy Metal Artists and music industry Executives. We have also supported many of those bands with less radio success, who have worked to carry the metal /hard rock flag non-stop for decades, in order to help preserve this style of music that is loved by millions fans throughout the world.
“About The Metal Hall of Fame: The 2021 Metal Hall of Fame Gala will be an Amazon Prime Video event to air in the near future. The Metal Hall of Fame is a non profit organization that holds the Annual Metal Hall of Fame Celebrity Gala. It is dedicated to forever enshrining the iconic musicians and music industry executives responsible for making hard rock and heavy metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they continue to inspire fans throughout the world, from generation to generation. It is part of the 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), which provides free therapy services for special needs children and their families in hospitals and community centers throughout the United States.”
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.