Here we go again...Iron Maiden sued over the rights of 6 songs

Discussion in 'Maiden Chat' started by cnesbit, Jun 27, 2018.

  1. cnesbit

    cnesbit Trooper

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  2. matic22

    matic22 Ticketbastard tamer

    Iron Maiden will get dropped next tour. Icarus will work there just fine.

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  3. cnesbit

    cnesbit Trooper

    "An Iron Maiden spokesperson said: “This is outrageous. Absolutely ridiculous.”"

    I think I am going to have to agree with this Iron Maiden spokesman, whoever it is...
  4. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Cereal Litigator

    There's nothing new here I guess - these were widely suspected to have been written, at least in part, by former members.

    This is new - why didn't he say anything when the previous case was put forward?

    I'm sure there was more to the response than this.
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  5. matic22

    matic22 Ticketbastard tamer

    Also this is the peak of Sun's journalism:

    "Wilson-Slesser says he co-wrote lyrics to a 1974 song called A Rainbow's Gold lifted by Maiden for their 1982 anthem Hallowed Be Thy Name..."

    Rainbow's gold has nothing to do with Hallowed.
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  6. Perun

    Perun Cheesemäster Staff Member

    Rainbow's Gold has the following line:

    And your bird she's singing
    Catch your soul, he's willing to fly away
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  7. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Cereal Litigator

    Wow, 'Iron Maiden' is in this lawsuit. This case could be the best thing to ever happen. We might never see 'Iron Maiden' played live again. :applause:

    The headline of the article is predictably sensationalist. I don't think any of us would consider 'Prowler', 'Charlotte the Harlot', 'Phantom of the Opera', 'Iron Maiden' and 'Prodigal Son' to be among their "biggest selling hits".
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  8. matic22

    matic22 Ticketbastard tamer

    With this, Harris will be inspired to lift lyrics from this:

    I don't know what I'm writtin'
    But I sure know where I've stole
    Hanging on the lyrics in songs of other men
    An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time
    Here I go again, here I go again
    So, now it's one line? Next time they'll get sued, they will get sued for use of one word?

    P.S. Why oh why is Wrathchild not a part of the Lawsuit?
  9. cnesbit

    cnesbit Trooper

    I had a feeling this was going to happen mid-tour. I guess this is what Barry McKay was referring to when he said: "...papers are currently being prepared to commence a brand new legal action for copyright infringement".

    Hopefully this doesn't do anything to mess with the setlist.
  10. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Cereal Litigator

    @cnesbit thanks for using spoiler tags - I forgot to do that in my post so you reminded me. Hopefully I didn't upset anyone! :eek:
  11. matic22

    matic22 Ticketbastard tamer

    The Surely We Won't Get Sued For Those (Unless Janick Leaves The Band) 2019 Tour

    1. If Eternity Should Fail (Please Roy, don't...)
    2. Be Quick Or Be Dead
    3. 2 Minutes To Midnight
    4. Speed Of Light
    5. Revelations
    6. Stranger In A Strange Land
    7. Powerslave
    8. Death Or Glory
    9. The Prisoner (Bruce's lyrics)
    10. Sun And Steel
    11. Sea Of Madness
    12. Back In The Village
    13. Judas Be My Guide
    14. Flight Of Icarus
    15. Moonchild
    16. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
    17. Wasted Years
  12. GhostofCain

    GhostofCain Ancient Mariner

    And the saga goes on.

    It is interesting to see Terry Wilson-Slesser joining the lawsuit. If I am not mistaken, he received a nice sum, in addition to any subsequent royalties, when Maiden decided to record A Rainbow's Gold in 1984.
  13. matic22

    matic22 Ticketbastard tamer

    An opportunity to grab some money, I guess. Terry W-S's reason of suing because of one line is pathetic. With Life's Shadow it was clear as day that Steve borrowed a bit more than he should have. But one line? Come on. Now somebody will sue for the line "I don't know" in FTGGOG which was used in numerous songs, because he can.

    Willcock's part is far more interesting.
  14. Perun

    Perun Cheesemäster Staff Member

    EDIT: Never mind, I'd rather not risk a cease and desist for a statement on an online message board.
  15. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Cereal Litigator

  16. matic22

    matic22 Ticketbastard tamer

    Yup. I think it's interesting that Strange World is not the part of the lawsuit. If I had to pick a song maybe written by Willcock, it would be that.
  17. cnesbit

    cnesbit Trooper

    I also find this part of the article hard to believe: "He claims he turned his back on music and never knew his lyrics were used because he never listened to Maiden’s albums."

    So he was in a band that became one of the biggest Heavy Metal acts in history and it took him 40 years to finally listen to their music? You don't think he ever once heard any of the tracks from the first album or the soundhouse tapes until now?
  18. srfc

    srfc Ancient Mariner

    Paul Day wrote Strange World according to an interview with him I read several years ago.
  19. Wayne Bond

    Wayne Bond Educated Fool

    Dennis Wilcock and the rest of the Maiden 77 bunch are just green eyed no bodies trying to earn a bit of money off the fact they were in Iron maiden for the briefest of spells before anything official was ever recorded.

    The fact that the article quotes Dennis saying “I never realised my lyrics were used as I never listened to Maiden” is utterly laughable as he’s been banging on about his time in Maiden for years now. I bet the guys bringing on this lawsuit know they haven’t got a hope in hell of winning but are hoping maiden just pay up to avoid the publicity.
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  20. matic22

    matic22 Ticketbastard tamer

    So, will Willson-Slesser now get sued by McCartney and Yoko?
    Rainbow's gold:
    Yes I'm so tired

    Beatles - I'm so tired
    I'm so tired

    Maybe David Bowie's estate?
    Rainbow's gold:
    In the heat of the morning

    Bowie - In The Heat Of The Morning
    In the heat of the morning

    That's why this lawsuit is ridiculous.

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