Iron Maiden Settle “Hallowed Be Thy Name” Lawsuit

As previously reported, Iron Maiden were drawn into a legal dispute over “Hallowed Be Thy Name” and ended up having to drop it from their setlist due to it containing pieces of Beckett’s “Life’s Shadow.” The suit said Steve Harris and Dave Murray took six lines from the track, which is credited to Robert Barton and Brian Quinn. Quinn wrote the song in 1969, and Barton recorded it with Beckett for a 1974 release. “The Nomad” was also mentioned in the dispute for similar reasons. The matter was settled out of court in favor of attorney Barry McKay, who was acting on behalf of Quinn. Harris and Murray had to pay £100,000 in damages as well as £285,000 in legal costs for McKay and Quinn, in addition to their own legal costs. “Hallowed By Thy Name” and “The Nomad” are now cleared to be played live again. However, it is worth noting that McKay is “representing three other songwriters who also allege that Steve Harris and Dave Murray have profiteered from lyrics that they wrote.”

Representatives for Iron Maiden issued the following statement:

“We do not believe that Brian Quinn was the one who wrote these six lines in question over 40 years ago as was claimed by Barry McKay. However due to escalating legal fees and the potential huge costs of a court case it was pragmatic to reluctantly settle this action with McKay for £100,000, a fraction of what he brought the action for. A serial litigator like Mr McKay would have foreseen this.”

McKay also responded:

“Brian Quinn did not settle for ‘a fraction’ of his claim. The claim form lodged with the High Court, stated that we were claiming a minimum figure of £200,000. Instead Harris/Murray instructed expensive lawyers who went on to cost them £300,000, as well as having to pay for every penny of my legal costs which were £285,000, on top of which they had already previously paid out £220,000 in damages and costs when they secretly settled with the other co-writer of “Life’s Shadow” Bob Barton.

If Andy Taylor and Rod Smallwood (managers of Harris/Murray/Iron Maiden) had provided accurate earnings figures for the two Maiden songs that infringed the “Life’s Shadow” copyright at the start of the claim (which they did not) and then offered Brian Quinn a fair settlement of around £250,000, Steve Harris and Dave Murray could have saved themselves around £600,000 in legal costs. Instead they wanted a fight and so they got one.

To call me a “serial litigant” is sour grapes. Harris and Murray and their managers appear to me to be bad losers. However, I am now also representing three other songwriters who also allege that Steve Harris and Dave Murray have profiteered from lyrics that they wrote. If that makes me a ‘serial litigant’ so be it. Musicians who have their intellectual property exploited by others who did not write or compose it are entitled to professional assistance.”


Avenged Sevenfold Hope To Conclude Warner Bros. Lawsuit Before Working On Next Album

It looks like Avenged Sevenfold are going to try to finish their legal battle with Warner Bros. before they start working on their next album. The case was originally set to go to trial back in December, but that obviously didn’t happen. M. Shadows told Billboard the following:

“We have a couple things we’re looking at, but right now we’re still dealing with the label situation, the lawsuit [with Warner Bros.], so we’ve still got a couple of things we have to clean up before we move on to the next record. For us right now we’re going to do this tour and by the time we get to September we’re either going to South America or we’re not, and if we don’t then we’ll start thinking about the next record.”

For more info on the Warner Bros. lawsuit, head HERE.


Members Of Art Of Anarchy File A $1.2 Million Lawsuit Against Their Frontman Scott Stapp

According to, Vice Inc., whose chief executive officer and principal executive officer are Art Of Anarchy’s Jonathan Votta and Vince Votta, have filed a $1.2 million dollar lawsuit against frontman Scott Stapp (Creed, etc.) for allegedly breaching his contract by not touring with the band and not taking part in promotional photo and video shoots, as well as publicity events. The claim also says that the group, who also feature John Moyer (Disturbed) and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), lost their recording contract with Century Media due to Stapp failing to fulfill his contractual obligations. Vice also say that they loaned Stapp $200,000, which he never repayed. He also only played 18 dates with the band in 2017, and never showed up for a video shoot on the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River in Manhattan in October 2017. Stapp joined the band in 2016 as a replacement for the late Scott Weiland, who was also sued by Art Of Anarchy for similar reasons. In that case, the band wanted to recover the $230,000 they paid him, plus an additional $20 million for damages. Prior to his death, Weiland called the group a scam and counter-sued.


Estate Of The Late Matt Roberts (Ex-3 Doors Down) Files Suit Against Doctor & Pharmacy

Back in 2016, former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts passed away as a result of accidental prescription drug overdose, and now TMZ are reporting that his estate has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Richard Snellgrove and Rite Aid pharmacy over the musician’s death. His estate claims Snellgrove had been prescribing Roberts with high levels of opioids and benzodiazepines for years before his death, and that Rite Aid was not complying with the Controlled Substances Act. In November 2016 Snellgrove was indicted for “illegal drug distribution.”


Man’s Lawsuit For Injuries Sustained At A Cannibal Corpse Show Gets Blocked From Proceeding

According to, the lawsuit Jordan Taylor Pardue and his mother filed for injuries sustained during a 2014 Cannibal Corpse show at the Soul Kitchen Music Hall in Mobile, AL has now been been blocked from proceeding. Pardue allegedly suffered a spinal injury at the concert after getting “thrown down” in the crowd, and has had to undergo $1.2 million worth of medical treatment since. The suit was filed against the booking company ICM Partners, who made a $250 commission off the show. A Mobile County judge was previously planning to let the case proceed, but the Alabama Supreme Court decided to overturn the decision.

Iron Maiden File Lawsuit Against Internet Counterfeiters

According to Trademarks & Brands Online, Iron Maiden have filed a lawsuit against Internet counterfeiters at the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Divisionon on January 23. The band have chosen to take action to stop them from infringing on their trademarks. The article goes on to say that the group are claiming that these online counterfeiters are “trading on the band’s reputation and goodwill” and that they are infringing on various US trademarks with “Iron Maiden” in their names. This affects the consumers who “have come to expect the highest quality from plaintiff’s products provided under the ‘Iron Maiden’ trademarks.” The band are now seeking a “permanent injunction against the online sellers, transfer of the domains, and either profits or $2 million for each infringing use.” They also want the court to make online outlets “disable and cease providing services for the defendants selling the counterfeit goods.”

Eddie Van Halen Suing Videographer Over Unreleased Van Halen Rehearsal Footage

According to TMZ, Eddie Van Halen has filed a lawsuit against videographer Andrew Bennett, to prevent the release of 2006 Van Halen rehearsal footage featuring him, his brother Alex Van Halen, and his son, Wolfgang Van Halen. Bennett was hired to film for a DVD/video project, but plans were scrapped when Eddie didn’t like the footage. Bennett tried to release it years later after claiming he was never paid, but Eddie says everything was settled in 2015, and that he owns the rights to the footage. Now, Bennett is trying to sell the footage again and even shared a trailer for it on his website. The site was “suspended for copyright infringement”, but Bennett just switched to another site with a similar name. Eddie is now trying to get a judge to remove the video, and to stop Bennett from releasing or selling it.