Former Iron Maiden drummer passes away – R.I.P Clive Burr
I am sad to report that on the 12th March 2013 Clive Burr, the former drummer of Iron Maiden, passed away in his sleep aged 56. Clive was not technically the band’s original drummer (he was actually the fourth), but having joined the band in 1979 his drumming is present on Maiden’s first three albums; ‘Iron Maiden’, ‘Killers’ and their breakthrough record ‘The Number Of The Beast’ and as such he played an enormous part in the band’s early years.
Subsequently to parting ways with Iron Maiden in 1982 Clive was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis causing the band to do various charity gigs over the years to help pay for his treatment as well as donate to Clive’s charity Clive Aid which was formed to raise awareness of the disease.
As a massive fan of Maiden I am deeply saddened by the news, although Clive left the band long before I was even born it does not change the fact that he helped create the mould for the metal behemoth that is Iron Maiden today. Maiden was one of a select few major bands that made up the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” back in the late 70’s/early 80’s and helped revitalise a dying genre. The band has also been cited as a primary influence to many others including the likes of Metallica. Clive Burr will be missed but his memory will live on through his massive contributions to one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time.
Article by Al Westlake