Iron Maiden are being sued by their former vocalist Dennis Willcock, who claims the metal legends stole some of their biggest-selling songs from him.
Dennis left the band in 1978 before they even recorded their 1980 self-titled debut, but now he’s accusing them of using lyrics he wrote on five different songs. He has also teamed up with ex-Free guitarist and former Beckett vocalist, Terry Wilson-Slesser, who claims Maiden also used his lyrics on another song.
According to The Sun, the pair are suing Iron Maiden for a reported £2 million, and both bassist Steve Harris, and guitarist Dave Murray are named defendants in the case.
And the songs Dennis seems to think he’s written? Those would be Prowler, Phantom Of The Opera, Charlotte The Harlot and Iron Maiden, from the self-titled record, and Prodigal Son from 1981 album Killers.
While Terry says he co-wrote a song for his band Beckett in 1974, called A Rainbow’s Gold, and now he’s accusing Maiden of lifting lyrics from that and turning them into 1982 hit Hallowed Be Thy Name.
The Maiden camp responded, “This is outrageous. Absolutely ridiculous.”
Hmmmmm… more news when we have it.
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