Bruce Dickinson has once again blasted the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, saying that he is “really happy” IRON MAIDEN has not yet been inducted.

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 and MOTÖRHEAD have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted GUNS N’ ROSES in that band’s first year of eligibility.

Dickinson made headlines last month 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.”

Asked by The Jerusalem Post about his Rock Hall comments, Dickinson said: “I 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.”

Dickinson‘s bandmate Steve Harris, told “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” last month that he wasn’t concerned about whether IRON MAIDEN will eventually be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. “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 since 2005, 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.

Rock Hall 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.

DEEP PURPLE was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn’t get inducted until 2016.

Official Facebook Live videos of GUNS N’ ROSES performing in Monterrey, Mexico (November 3); Manila, Philippines (November 11); and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the fall 2018 leg of the band’s “Not In This Lifetime” tour can be seen below.

Since the “Not In This Lifetime” kickoff in 2016, GUNS N’ ROSES has performed an astounding 140-plus shows for over five million fans to date in stadiums, arenas, and as part of festivals worldwide. This year alone the band has played at 13 stadiums as part of their epic run along with five summer festival headlining slots across Europe. The European dates in 2018 have thrilled over 750,000 fans. Produced and promoted by Live Nation, the outing featuring one of the most legendary bands has become one of the most successful tours of all time.

GUNS N’ ROSES will rock the paradise city of Honolulu on its only U.S. date of 2018 — and its first show ever to take place in the state of Hawaii. One of the most ambitious tours in rock and roll history will play for thousands of fans at Aloha Stadium on Saturday, December 8.

Three-fifths of the classic GUNS lineup reunited in 2016 after last performing together more than two decades earlier. The “Not In This Lifetime” tour, which is now one of the highest-grossing in music history, launched in April of that year with a nightclub gig in Los Angeles and shows no signs of stopping.

Joining singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash on the “Not In This Lifetime” trek are bassist Duff McKagan, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.

GUNS N’ ROSES‘ latest studio album, “Chinese Democracy”, came out in 2008 and featured only Axl from the classic lineup.

The last album on which Rose, McKagan and Slash appeared together was 1993’s covers set “The Spaghetti Incident?”

Welcome To The F’n Jungle Monterrey!

Posted by Guns N’ Roses on Saturday, November 3, 2018

It’s So Easy Manila!
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Posted by Guns N’ Roses on Sunday, November 11, 2018

November Rain in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Posted by Guns N’ Roses on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

WARRANT‘s longtime drummer Steven Sweet has been diagnosed with moderately aggressive prostate cancer.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started by his friend Glenn Noyes to help Steven raise $25,000 to cover the drummer’s medical expenses while he is unable to perform live and support his family.

A message on the GoFundMe page states: “My dear friend Steven Sweet, the drummer for WARRANT, has recently been diagnosed with moderately aggressive prostate cancer.

“He has an amazing emotional support group in place to help him beat this cancer in his wife Beth, two beautiful children, his bandmates, family, friends and fans.

“His positive attitude is a great start, but ahead he faces many medical hurdles and many months of post procedural time, not being able to perform live and support his family.

“We are reaching out to the drumming and music community to help Steven generate some funds to help him with the high costs of medical care, travel to treatment on the East coast and costs not covered by insurance. Treatments start this week so there is definite urgency to this.

“I’m asking all of you to help by contributing any amount, so Steven can hopefully put this behind him.

“Please forward and share this via all methods with anyone you know that is a friend, fan or has been associated with Steven.

“Thank you for reading,

Glenn Noyes

Although prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer found in men and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, it can also be one of the most treatable forms of cancer.

On average, approximately one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.

Two years ago, Sweet underwent emergency surgery after his appendix burst. Four years earlier, he had a cervical spinal fusion operation.

WARRANT‘s latest album, “Louder Harder Faster”, was released in May 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl.