Bruce Dickinson Calls Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ‘Vulgar’ and a ‘Mausoleum’
Bruce Dickinson has kept up his attack on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In a new interview, he said that he would refuse induction if Iron Maiden were voted in and took exception to the very idea of the institution.
Back in October, he made headlines for saying that Iron Maiden, who have yet to be shortlisted despite being eligible since 2004, "absolutely" deserved to be in, and called the Hall "an utter and complete load of bollocks" that is "run by a bunch of sanctimonious bloody Americans who wouldn’t know rock ’n’ roll if it hit them in the face."
Now, speaking to the Jerusalem Post, he looked to clarify those remarks. "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," he said. "I'm really happy we're not there and I would never want to be there. 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," he continued. "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 also gave an update on his health, declaring himself to be "alright, good" following his bout with tongue cancer a few years ago. He said that he's surprised that it hasn't changed his outlook on life, but admitted, "I’m just really grateful that I’m alive. Not just alive, but properly alive with everything working. Life is good in the sense that it’s much better to be alive."
"However, like most traumatic periods, the trauma sort of fades with time," he added. "Which is how it should work – you don’t want to be carrying around that burden. Cancer is a pain in the ass, or wherever you happen to have it. And having gotten rid of it successfully and hoping it doesn’t come back, you don’t live your life on the basis that it might come back. You live on the basis that it’s gone so let’s get on with life."