is trailing FOO FIGHTERS
, Tina Turner
and Nigerian Afro beat pioneer Fela Kuti
in the fan vote for this year's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
More than one million votes have already been cast since voting began. Now through April 30, fans can vote every day up to five times a day through the Hall Of Fame
's web site
or in person at the museum. The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a "fan ballot" that will be tallied and factored in, along with the other ballots sent to approximately 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry.
As of earlier today, Fela Kuti
received 147,111 votes; Tina Turner
123,302; FOO FIGHTERS
91,800; and IRON MAIDEN
To be eligible for this year's ballot, each nominee's first single or album had to have been released in 1995 or earlier.
The top vote-getters will be announced in May and inducted in a Cleveland, Ohio, ceremony in the fall.
According to the Hall Of Fame
, the IRON MAIDEN
members that would get inducted would include the current lineup of singer Bruce Dickinson
, bassist Steve Harris
, drummer Nicko McBrain
, and guitarists Adrian Smith
, Dave Murray
and Janick Gers
, along with former singer Paul Di'Anno
, former drummer Clive Burr
, and former guitarist Dennis Stratton
Two years ago, IRON MAIDEN
bassist Steve Harris
said that he didn't care that his band has yet to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
despite the fact that it has been eligible since 2004.
"I don't mind that we're not in things like that," he told Rolling Stone
. "I don't think about things like that. It's very nice if people give you awards or accolades, but we didn't get into the business for that sort of thing. I'm certainly not going to lose sleep if we don't get any sort of award, not just that one, any award. I don't think we deserve to have this or that necessarily. With what we do, whatever comes of it is great. Whatever doesn't come of it is great, too."
Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal groups like MAIDEN
, JUDAS PRIEST
have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted GUNS N' ROSES
in that band's first year of eligibility.
singer Bruce Dickinson
made headlines in 2018 when he referred to the Rock Hall
as "an utter and complete load of bollocks" during a spoken-word gig in Australia, insisting that the Cleveland-based institution is "run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn't know rock and roll if it hit them in the face."
later told The Jerusalem Post
that he was "so annoyed with that coverage because they took my statement out of context to make it seem like I was upset that we weren't in the Hall Of Fame
"I'm really happy we're not there and I would never want to be there," he continued. "If we're ever inducted, I will refuse — they won't bloody be having my corpse in there.
"Rock and roll music does not belong in a mausoleum in Cleveland," Bruce
added. "It's a living, breathing thing, and if you put it in a museum, then it's dead. It's worse than horrible, it's vulgar."
previously said that he wasn't concerned about whether IRON MAIDEN
will eventually be inducted into the Rock Hall
. "I don't really think about it, to be honest. I think awards are things that are nice to have when you get them, but it's not something you're really striving for — it's not what it's about it," he said. "It's never been about that. It's aways been about just trying to make good music and go out and play good live shows, and that's it, really. Hopefully people will appreciate it. It's probably nice when people give you awards — don't get me wrong; I think it's great — but it's not something that you would lose sleep over if you didn't get any.
"It's the way that I am," Harris
added. "I don't know. Maybe the rest of the guys [in the band] might think differently to me, but that's the way I think. It's not that I don't care about [awards]. It's just… And it's not that they're not meaningful when you do
get 'em — it's nice. But I certainly don't worry about it or anything like that. I think other people are the ones that make a bigger deal out of it than us, about whether we got one or not."
Having been eligible for induction for a decade and a half, IRON MAIDEN
is one of the biggest bands on the planet. Since the release of their self-titled debut album, the British heavy metal legends have released a further 15 full-length studio records, and sold over 100 million copies.
rules state that artists become eligible a quarter century after their first records were released, but the Hall
also claims that other "criteria include the influence and significance of the artists' contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock 'n' roll," which is, of course, open to interpretation.
Eligible for induction since 1999, KISS
didn't get its first nomination until 2009, and was finally inducted in 2014.
was eligible for the Rock Hall
since 1993 but didn't get inducted until 2016.