News has been released that will make all Iron Maiden fans very happy.
From Loud Wire.
Iron Maiden has settled their nearly yearlong legal dispute over the classic 1982 track “Hallowed Be Thy Name.” The suit filed by retired band manager Barry McKay claims that Maiden’s Steve Harris and Dave Murray reproduced major parts of the British prog band Beckett’s 1974 track “Life’s Shadow” on Maiden’s The Number of the Beast song “Hallowed Be Thy Name” and Brave New World’s “The Nomad.”
Harris and Murray have paid £100-thousand (approximately $138-thousand dollars) to Brian Quinn and Robert Barton, who share writing credit on Beckett’s “Life’s Shadow.”
A spokesperson for Iron Maiden released the following statement today: “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 litigant like Mr McKay would have forseen this.”
Last year, Iron Maiden’s management issued a statement, in which they acknowledged, “six lines from ‘Life’s Shadow’ were referenced in Steve’s song ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name.’” The management company added “this matter was settled some years ago by agreement with Robert Barton.” Fans can listen to the two tracks below to hear the similarities.
Iron Maiden removed “Hallowed Be Thy Name” from their set list, due to the lawsuit and now fans will be thrilled to know that the track could make it back into Maiden’s live show.
Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name