Iron Maiden - Facing Lawsuit Over Songwriting Credits

Metal legends Iron Maiden are facing yet another lawsuit. According to The Sun, the band is being sued by their former singer Dennis Willcock, who sang for Maiden in 1976 and 1977, for allegedly stealing the lyrics to some of their classic early songs. Willcock claims to have written the lyrics to the tracks "Prowler", "Charlotte The Harlot", "Phantom Of The Opera", "Iron Maiden" and "Prodigal Son", which were recorded and released by Iron Maiden on their first two albums, Iron Maiden (1980) and Killers (1981). A spokesperson for the band called the allegations "outrageous" and "absolutely ridiculous" when asked for comment.

The lawyer Barry McKay has filed a new suit against bassist Steve Harris and guitarist Dave Murray, as well as the band's publishing company Imagem London Limited. He's acting on behalf of Maiden's early singer Dennis Willcock and Terry Wilson-Slesser of Beckett. They are suing over £2,000,000 in disputed lyric credits and resulting damages.

Willcock was replaced in the band by Paul Di'Anno. He claims never knew his lyrics were used because he never listened to the band's albums.

Wilson-Slesser alleges that Iron Maiden's "Hallowed By Thy Name" lifted lyrics from Beckett's track "Rainbow's Gold", in particular the line "Catch your soul he's willing to fly away", which similarly appeared in "Hallowed By Thy Name" as "Catch my soul 'cos it's willing to fly away".

Another lawsuit was filed by retired band manager and lawyer Barry McKay, who took Harris and Murray to court over "Hallowed Be Thy Name", claiming Maiden reproduced major parts of another song, "Life's Shadow", co-written nearly a decade earlier by musician Brian Quinn, under the name Brian Ingham. Iron Maiden reached an out-of-court settlement for £100,000 earlier this year.

Iron Maiden are currently touring on their Legacy Of The Beast European Tour 2018.

Band profile: Iron Maiden
Posted: 28.06.2018 by BloodTears

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02.07.2018 - 20:05
Written by andreosokin on 02.07.2018 at 10:35

Written by FYA on 01.07.2018 at 17:16

Written by andreosokin on 29.06.2018 at 08:36

Willcock was replaced in the band by Paul Di'Anno. He claims never knew his lyrics were used because he never listened to the band's albums.

yeah, right...

I am in metal world for 15 years and haven't listen to any of their albums :V

Me either Or maybe except for the Beast.

But seriously, dude, when you leave the band and then sooner or later you hear about their success, the first thing a regular musician would do is check out what are they doing, listen to their songs. I can hardly believe he has never heard any of those songs in the last 40 years.

When the hate is real bro
03.07.2018 - 11:54
Written by Captain Obvious on 01.07.2018 at 14:20

Here's a little piece of advice from someone (me) who actually understands how the world works:

It's not who did it first, it's who did it best.

Since you used "it's" twice, let me use it once more, Yoda style:
It's bullshit what you say.
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05.07.2018 - 11:44
It always hard to trust this kind of stuff...

A lot of words saying...
05.07.2018 - 16:25
No Statute of Limitations issue huh?

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