The Metal Hall Of Fame has announced they will be inducting former Iron Maiden members Paul Di’Anno, Blaze Bayley, and Eddie creator and artist Derek Riggs into its ranks. Read on for more details of the induction and ceremony down below after the break.
From The Press Release
The Metal Hall of Fame is proud to announce the induction of key members of the Iron Maiden family and history- original Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno, Blaze Bayley, and iconic “Eddie” mascot creator Derek Riggs.
Paul Di’Anno wrote and sang on Maiden’s first two legendary albums. They are still considered by many Iron Maiden fans to be their favorites.
Blaze Bayley was hired following the departure of vocalist Bruce Dickinson in the 1990s. Bayley wrote and sang for Iron Maiden for five years and recorded two albums with the band. Blaze-era songs are still concert staples in the band’s set list today.
Derek Riggs is the genius behind the visual side of Iron Maiden. He created the iconic “Eddie” character, one of the most beloved mascots in history. Many can argue that a huge part of the band’s continuous global success is attributed to the sinister, gruesome, shape-shifting Eddie.
“We are excited to induct these three artists who have helped shape the legacy of Iron Maiden,” says Pat Gesualdo, Metal Hall of Fame President/CEO. Gesualdo also addressed the fan’s overwhelming demand to induct all former and current members of Iron Maiden. “Along with the band’s massive fanbase, we’ve wanted to induct all the members of the band for years. However, we’ve been waiting for the green light from management. Hopefully with the continued support and encouragement from fans throughout the world, we can induct all the members of Iron Maiden into the Metal Hall of Fame soon.”
Additional major updates and surprise inductions will be announced shortly. Due to the current health advisory, the 2021 Metal Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held online at a date to be announced.
About the Metal Hall of Fame:
The Metal Hall of Fame (The Most Important Night In Metal!!) holds the Annual Metal Hall of Fame Celebrity Charity Gala. It is dedicated to forever enshrining the iconic musicians and music industry executives responsible for making hard rock and heavy metal music what it is today. Their contribution to the genre is invaluable, and they continue to inspire fans throughout the world, from generation to generation. The Metal Hall of Fame is part of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities). D.A.D. provides free therapy and advocacy services for special needs children and wounded veterans in health facilities, schools, and community centers in over 15 countries.