Iron Maiden Settles Lawsuit over ‘Hallowed Be They Name’

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.

Beckett – Life’s Shadow

Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name

With this news I am sure the song, loved by most fans, will make it back to the set list of the forthcoming tour.

Legacy Of The Beast Tour 2018

May
26 Saku Arena, Tallinn, ESTONIA
28 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, FINLAND

June
01 Tele2 Arena, Stockholm, SWEDEN
03 Dahls Arena, Trondheim Rocks, NORWAY
05 Royal Arena, Copenhagen, DENMARK
07 Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, SWEDEN
09 Rockavaria, Königsplatz, Munich, GERMANY
10 Expo Plaza, Hannover, GERMANY
13 Waldbuhne, Berlin, GERMANY
16 Firenze Rocks, ITALY
17 Novarock Festival, Nickelsdorf, AUSTRIA
20 Letnany Airport, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
22 Graspop, Dessel, BELGIUM
24 Hellfest, Clisson, FRANCE
26 Geneva Arena, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
28 Volt Festival, Sopron, HUNGARY
30 Messegelaende, Freiburg, GERMANY

July
01 Gelredome, Arnhem, HOLLAND
05 AccorsHotel Arena, Paris, FRANCE
09 San Siro Ippodromo, Milan, ITALY
10 Hallenstadion, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
13 Altice Arena, Lisbon, PORTUGAL
14 Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, SPAIN
17 Piazza Dellà Unita D’Italia, Trieste, ITALY
20 Rockwave Festival, Athens, GREECE
22 Hills Of Rock, Plovdiv, BULGARIA
24 Zagreb arena, Zagreb, CROATIA
27 Tauron Arena, Krakow, POLAND
31 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, ENGLAND

August
02 SSE Arena, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
04 Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen, SCOTLAND
06 Manchester Arena, Manchester, ENGLAND
07 Genting arena, Birmingham, ENGLAND
10 O2 Arena, London, ENGLAND
11 O2 Arena, London, ENGLAND

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