Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 April 2015

Maiden numbered among the best

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden

Heavy Metal veterans Iron Maiden have picked up an inspiration award at this year's Kerrang! Awards which also saw gongs handed out to Biffy Clyro and Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor.

The rockers, who released their first album in 1980 and have racked up more than a dozen top 10 hits, were honoured for their pioneering role in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal which emerged in the late 1970s.

Funnyman Al Murray was on hand at the event at London's Troxy Club to present May and Taylor with the Kerrang! Service to Rock award.

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro picked up the Best Album award for their fifth studio longplayer, Opposites, which topped the charts earlier this year.

The event, formally known as the Relentless Kerrang! Awards, is now in its twentieth year.

Other winners on the night included You Me At Six who walked away with the Best Event award for their sold-out show at London's Wembley Arena.

Sheffield's Bring Me The Horizon were named Best British Band, while Lower Than Atlantis collected the gong for Best British Newcomer

Kerry King and Tom Araya, from Slayer, accepted the Kerrang! Legend award in their first UK appearance since the death of bassist and founding member Jeff Hanneman.

Kerrang! magazine editor James McMahon said, "What a night. What a night. People lost shoes. People lost phones. More so, people lost dignity. I can't think of any better way the 20th Relentless Kerrang! Awards could have been celebrated. There's been so many reasons to be excited about being a rock fan already this year. I'm genuinely fearful what mayhem the 2014 Awards will bring."

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