The player, who now performs with a host of acts including revivalists Lionheart, is nominated for the prestigious award alongside the current Maiden line up of Steve Harris, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson, Nicko McBrain, and Janick Gers, along with former members Paul Di’Anno and the late Clive Burr.
Speaking about the news of the nomination, which broke on Thursday [11th February 2021], Dennis said; “I saw it, and I was so pleased that actually, me, Clive and Paul was included.”
Talking about his shock at the news, the guitarist said; “The penny never dropped until about two or three hours later. I said to my partner; “do you know, that’s a really big thing to be nominated for the Hall of Fame”, and that’s why it would be nice to get some kind of printed out ‘you’ve been nominated’, just to keep as that souvenir”.
Going on to talk about his close relationship with Maiden founder Steve Harris, Dennis quipped that there is no bad blood between the pair; “we’ve got West Ham [Football Club] to moan about, me and him!”, he said, laughing.
Recalling the speaking to the bassist on the day that the news broke, he continued; “I sometimes text Steve, because we talk quite a lot on the phone. There’s some things he doesn’t get if he’s out on tour. A lot of the time they don’t pick up the English press, so sometimes I’ll text him and say; “here boy, have you seen this?”
“It was in the afternoon when I found out, but I’d already spoke to him in the morning regarding West Ham, and I texted him and said; “Steve, not sure if you’ve seen this, but we’ve been nominated, and I’ve been included”.
Relaying what he told Harris, Dennis said; “I said to him, I do hope that we get in, and I do hope that the fans vote”.
Going on to ask the band’s fanbase to dismiss Bruce Dickinson’s 2016 remarks in which the singer lambasted the Hall of Fame organisation, Stratton said; “A lot of the fans are following Bruce’s comments and have said; “F the Hall of fame; we don’t need the Hall of Fame, the band don’t want it, so let’s not vote”. But what they’ve got to remember is that it is a big, big honour for someone like me. I’ve even gone on Facebook and said; “listen, please vote”, because although it might not mean a lot to some people, it means the world to me.”
In closing, Dennis offered; “I’m hoping that the fans don’t take a lot of notice of Bruce’s comments. I want Maiden to get what they deserve.”
Although eligible for inclusion since 2005, 2021 is the first year that Iron Maiden have been nominated. Other acts on the ballot for 2021 include Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, and Kate Bush. To vote in the fan ballot, click here.
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