‘Hallowed Be By Wotsisname?’: Iron Maiden shelve fans’ favourite song over legal dispute

From the Telegraph

To fans of heavy metal legends Iron Maiden it is the centrepiece of every concert.

But the band says it has been forced to drop its anthemic number Hallowed Be Thy Name from its tour after it became embroiled in a legal battle over who wrote it.

Retired rock band manager Barry McKay is taking Steve Harris and Dave Murray, two musicians from Iron Maiden, to court over the song.

He claims it reproduces major parts of another song “Lying in my Shadow”, written by musician Brian Quinn, under the name Brian Ingham.

Mr McKay, from Hampstead, north London, said: “There was no need for Iron Maiden to withdraw the song from their set. But if they wish to do the right thing, they are welcome to contact either myself or my lawyers and reach a simple agreement to perform “Hallowed Be Thy Name”.

“I have never wanted to stop fans hearing their favourite Maiden song.”

After being made aware of the legal claim Iron Maiden took the decision to drop the song from their set – including at tonight’s concert at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle – until the dispute was resolved.

In a statement the band, which has recorded more than a dozen albums since it was formed in 1975, said: “As previously announced for the current second leg of the Book of Souls tour a couple of changes to the set list were due to be made. The first was including a different track from the new album and having been made aware of a legal claim, the second change was to replace Hallowed Be Thy Name.”

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