Alex Skolnick Reacts To Iron Maiden’s Exclusion From Rock Hall

Guitarist Alex Skolnick has recently expressed his disappointment on Twitter regarding Iron Maiden‘s exclusion from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time. His statements came in response to a tweet by Rolling Stone, which criticized the Hall of Fame for having a ‘serious metal problem.’

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2023 inductees, with Rage Against the Machine, Sheryl Crow, and Willie Nelson among the selected nominees. However, artists like Iron Maiden and Soundgarden were once again overlooked in the hard rock and metal categories. This year’s inductees primarily lack heavy music representation, with Rage Against the Machine being the only group most would strongly associate with hard rock or metal.

In response to Rolling Stone’s tweet, Skolnick agreed with their assertion that the Rock Hall needs to address its treatment of the metal genre. When a fan made a sarcastic remark about Missy Elliott being synonymous with rock and roll, Alex clarified his stance, stating that his issue with the Hall of Fame is not the inclusion of artists who don’t necessarily fit everyone’s definition of ‘rock,’ but rather the exclusion of bands like Iron Maiden who undoubtedly represent the genre.

The initial tweet by Rolling Stone:

“By snubbing Iron Maiden for the second time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame showed once again that it has a serious metal problem. It’s time to fix it.”

Quoting the tweet, Skolnick wrote:

Every word of this.”

In reply to his tweet, one of the users said:

“Listen, when someone says rock and roll, I immediately think of Missy Elliott. Don’t you?”

The guitarist responded:

“Mad respect for Missy, NWA, Dolly, etc. They should be there based on impact. The problem with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not the inclusion of those who don’t necessarily fit everyone’s definition of ‘rock,’ but the exclusion of Iron Maiden and many others who unquestionably are.”

The exclusion of Iron Maiden from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has once again sparked discussions about the organization’s treatment of heavy metal and hard rock music. As more voices like Alex Skolnick join the conversation, it remains to be seen whether the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will address these concerns in the future.