Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame CEO Greg Harris has defended Iron Maiden’s omission from the 2021 checklist of inductees.
Whereas the rockers had been included within the checklist of nominees for the Class Of 2021 in February, they had been notably absent when the checklist of inductees, who included Foo Fighters, Tina Turner, and JAY-Z, was introduced final week.
Amid a backlash from followers of the group, Harris spoke to the WBAB radio station, insisting no one is questioning the band’s affect on the music trade – however they missed out on this yr’s vote.
“There is no doubt that Iron Maiden are an impactful, influential band, and that is why they had been nominated this yr, together with 15 different artists and acts, and when the votes got here in, these six had been the leaders,” he stated. “So we’re not questioning, are they an essential band, are they impactful and influential.
“Of these which have been nominated all through historical past, over 80 per cent of them have been finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor Of Fame. So everyone has their favourites; everyone has totally different artists that impacted them or impacted different artists. So, in case you take a look at this checklist, you may make that case for all of those of us, similar to individuals make that case for Iron Maiden.”
Harris was additionally requested about whether or not the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame needs to be renamed – to turn into the Music Corridor of Fame – as in recent times acts inducted have usually come from genres apart from rock.
“I feel to get to the core of it, individuals just like the stuff that is closest to them, and I feel they should increase their pondering of rock and roll,” he replied. “It is a large tent and everyone matches below it. It is an perspective, it is a spirit, and that is rock and roll.”