Iron Maiden

Legal Dispute Erupts Over Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed Be Thy Name”


It seems that Iron Maiden have dropped “Hallowed Be Thy Name” off their setlists following a legal dispute over the track. That dispute stems from another song called “Life’s Shadow” by Beckett, which is referenced in “Hallowed By Thy Name“. Iron Maiden‘s management issued the below statement on the legal dispute:

Phantom Management are aware of the action brought by Barry McKay (initially by Barry McKay and Brian Quinn) against Steve Harris and Dave Murray.

The dispute concerns the song ‘Life’s Shadow,’ a song originally written in the early 1970s, credited to Robert Barton and Brian Ingham, and recorded by the band Beckett. Steve Harris was a fan of Beckett and some six lines from ‘Life’s Shadow’ were referenced in Steve’s song, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name,’ which was recorded by Iron Maiden and appeared on the album ‘The Number of the Beast’ which was released in 1982.

As far as Steve is concerned, this matter was settled some years ago by agreement with Robert Barton, but there now appears to be a dispute between the two original writers as to their respective shares in ‘Life’s Shadow.’ Further, an individual called Barry McKay in taking this action now claims to publish Robert Barton’s interest in ‘Life’s Shadow,’ despite so far being unable to come up with a publishing agreement and showing little or no evidence in his claim of any interest in Mr. Barton’s songs in approximately 40 years. Mr. McKay also states that he entered into a publishing agreement with Brian Quinn (aka Ingham) on 29 March 2017, two days before the claim was served.

Mr Barton maintains he was the writer of the lyrics of ‘Life’s Shadow’ and recently said: ‘I wrote the lyrics of ‘Life’s Shadow’ and am happy with how Iron Maiden have, and are, dealing with this matter.’

Any evidence presented by Mr McKay will be looked at very closely and a Defence at court will be submitted in due course.”

A statement from Brian Quinn‘s legal representative Barry McKay can be found over at Metal Insider. According to, the song is the band’s third most played track live. It also doesn’t appear to have been performed since August of last year, being absent from their latest round of touring overseas.

[via Metal Insider]