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Iron Maiden Headed to Court for STEALING Music, This Is What They Plagiarized (Allegedly)

Iron Maiden has droppedĀ "Hallowed Be Thy Name" from current live setlist following aĀ legal dispute claiming the songĀ has plagiarized the lyrics ofĀ BeckettĀ '70s track"Life's a Shadow."

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As theĀ Telegraph reports, retired manager Barry McKay is planning to take bassistĀ Steve Harris and guitarist Dave Murray to court.

The band stated:

“As previously announced, for the current second leg of the ‘Book of Souls’ tour a couple of changes to the setlist were due to be made. The first was including a different track from the new album and having been made aware of a legal claim, the second change was to replace ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name.'”

Phantom Management commented:

“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 (Iron Maiden bassist) was a fan of Beckett and some six lines from ‘Life’s Shadow’ were referenced in Steve’s song, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’.

“As far as Steve is concerned, this matter was settled some years ago by agreement with Robert Barton. Any evidence presented by Mr McKay will be looked at very closely and a Defence at court will be submitted in due course.”

YouĀ can check out the both tunes and lyrics in question below.

Beckett lyrics:

Mark my words my soul lives on
Please don’t worry cause I’ve have gone
I’ve gone beyond to see the truth
While I consider my new youth
When your time is close at hand
Maybe then you’ll understand
Life down there is just a strange illusion

Maiden lyrics:

Mark my words believe my soul lives on
Don’t worry now that I have gone
I’ve gone beyond to seek the truth
When you know that your time is close at hand
Maybe then you’ll begin to understand
Life down there is just a strange illusion

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