Iron Maiden Involved In Legal Dispute Over “Hallowed Be Thy Name”

Iron Maiden have apparently been drawn into a legal dispute over “Hallowed Be Thy Name” due to it containing pieces of Beckett’s “Life’s Shadow.” As a result of the dispute, Iron Maiden have dropped “Hallowed Be Thy Name” from their current setlists.

Iron Maiden‘s management commented:

“Phantom Management are aware of the action brought by Barry McKay (initially by Barry McKay and Brian Quinn) against Steve Harris and Dave Murray.

The dispute concerns the song ‘Life’s Shadow,’ a song originally written in the early 1970s, credited to Robert Barton and Brian Ingham, and recorded by the band Beckett. Steve Harris was a fan of Beckett and some six lines from ‘Life’s Shadow’ were referenced in Steve’s song, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name,’ which was recorded by Iron Maiden and appeared on the album ‘The Number of the Beast’ which was released in 1982.

As far as Steve is concerned, this matter was settled some years ago by agreement with Robert Barton, but there now appears to be a dispute between the two original writers as to their respective shares in ‘Life’s Shadow.’ Further, an individual called Barry McKay in taking this action now claims to publish Robert Barton’s interest in ‘Life’s Shadow,’ despite so far being unable to come up with a publishing agreement and showing little or no evidence in his claim of any interest in Mr. Barton’s songs in approximately 40 years. Mr. McKay also states that he entered into a publishing agreement with Brian Quinn (aka Ingham) on 29 March 2017, two days before the claim was served.

Mr Barton maintains he was the writer of the lyrics of ‘Life’s Shadow’ and recently said: ‘I wrote the lyrics of ‘Life’s Shadow’ and am happy with how Iron Maiden have, and are, dealing with this matter.’

Any evidence presented by Mr McKay will be looked at very closely and a Defence at court will be submitted in due course.”

Quinn‘s legal representative Barry McKay has since commented as well with his statement available via Metal Insider.

Iron Maiden Announce Next Series Of Album Reissues

Iron Maiden have announced 12 more vinyl reissues. Albums set to be reissued on black vinyl include: “No Prayer For The Dying”, “Fear Of The Dark”, “The X Factor”, and “Virtual XI” on May 19, “Brave New World”, “Rock In Rio”, “Dance Of Death”, and “A Matter of Life And Death” on June 23, and “Death On The Road”, “Flight 666”, “The Final Frontier”, and “En Vivo!” on July 31.

No Prayer through to Final Frontier album reissues coming this summer – all on black vinyl! #IronMaiden #Vinyl

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Iron Maiden Announce 2017 North American Tour With Ghost

Iron Maiden have announced a 2017 North American tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Ghost on this run.


Steve Harris commented:

“We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the UK as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn’t have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible!

So this year we’re able to reach many more cities in America, including a return to places Maiden haven’t played for many, many years like Lincoln Nebraska, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Oakland California. We also welcome playing in Brooklyn for the first time.

We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There’s been a great reaction from everyone to this tour’s theme, people really seem to love it. We’re still deciding on the final set-list and we’ll work that out once we get into rehearsals.

Most of our North American fans haven’t seen the show yet so as we want to give them the same Book Of Souls live experience that we took around the world, it’s unlikely we’ll change much. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that!”

Tour Dates:

06/03 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
06/04 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
06/07 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
06/09 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
06/11 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
06/13 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
06/15 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
06/16 Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Energy Center
06/19 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena
06/21 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
06/23 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
06/24 San Antonio, TX – At&T Center
06/27 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
06/28 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
07/01 San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater*
07/03 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
07/05 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
07/07 Salt Lake City, UT – Usana Amphitheater
07/09 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
07/11 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
07/12 St Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
07/15 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/16 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
07/19 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/21 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

* More bands will be added to the San Bernardino, CA show.

Iron Maiden Announce 2017 European/UK Tour With Shinedown

Iron Maiden have announced a 2017 European/UK tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Shinedown.


Tour Dates:

04/22 Antwerp, BEL – Sportpaleis
04/24 Oberhausen, GER – Konig-Pilsener-Arena
04/28 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
04/29 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
05/02 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
05/04 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
05/06 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
05/08 Manchester, UK – Arena
05/10 Sheffield, UK – Arena
05/11 Leeds, UK – First Direct ARena
05/15 Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
05/16 Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro Arena
05/17 Aberdeen, UK – AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena
05/20 Liverpool, UK – Echo Arena
05/21 Birmingham, UK – Barclaycard Arena
05/24 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
05/27 London, UK – O2 Arena
05/28 London, UK – O2 Arena

Stone Sour, Trivium, Escape The Fate, Etc. Cover Iron Maiden For Kerrang!’s New Tribute Album

The latest issue of Kerrang! comes with a follow up to their “Maiden Heaven” Iron Maiden covers album. The latest effort features covers from Stone Sour, Trivium, Escape The Fate, Fozzy and more.


Track Listing:

01. STONE SOUR – “Running Free”
02. REIGNING DAYS – “Speed Of Light”
03. ESCAPE THE FATE – “Hallowed By Thy Name”
04. LONELY THE BRAVE – “Fear Of The Dark”
05. TRIVIUM – “For The Greater Good Of God”
06. STEVEN BATTELLE – “The Red And The Black”
07. CREEPER – “The Evil That Men Do”
08. LOWER THAN ATLANTIS – “Number Of The Beast”
09. ANAAL NATHRAKH – “Powerslave”
10. CRY VENOM – “Aces High”
11. FOZZY – “Sun And Steel”
12. MUNCIE GIRLS – “The Wicker Man”
13. HECK – “The Trooper”
14. UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS – “Remember Tomorrow”
15. ANATHEMA – “Wasted Years”