With Rage Against The Machine getting their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame later this year, CEO Greg Harris has reflected on one of the bands who sadly didn’t make the cut: Iron Maiden.
Along with Soundgarden, A Tribe Called Quest, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, The White Stripes and Warren Zevon, Maiden missed out on making it into the class of 2023 – but Greg tells Audacy that generally, a lot of these artists will “eventually go in”.
Speaking specifically about Maiden, Greg says, “We love that people care. That they care if they’re in or out, and that their fans care. The truth is anybody that’s nominated, the odds are good that they’ll eventually gonna get in. In fact, I think it may be as high as 90 per cent eventually go in.
“Rage, this was their sixth time, I believe, fifth time on the ballot, or sixth time. And so sometimes it takes a while. But let’s see where it lands. Right now, let’s celebrate this year’s class, and we can start to debate about next year’s class once the spotlight is off of this year’s class.”
Meanwhile, praising Rage for their inclusion this year, Greg says the band are “the perfect mix of alternative, hard rock, and of hip-hop, all together synthesising their influences. And then, think of all the bands that Rage has influenced, and roll in some really good political consciousness. They’ve never compromised. Rock’n’roll is always the voice of change, and Tom Morello and Zack [de la Rocha] have a loud voice.”
Listen to the full interview below: