This was some sad news to start my Metal day, but it appears that Iron Maiden’s original drummer, Clive Burr had passed away last night. He was only 56 years old but had been suffering from multiple sclerosis for a number of years. What a shame. His birthday was only four days before.
Any card carrying Metal head knows how awesome a drummer Clive was and while originally a member of the band Samson, Clive is most famous for his work on the first few Iron Maiden albums (the self-titled, “Killers”, the seminal “Number Of The Beast”, “Maiden Japan” an the “Soundhouse Tapes”). He had a powerful style that was influential to many an aspiring drummer. After Iron Maiden, he did some work with Trust (which is where his replacement actually came from) along with Elixir and several others before falling ill.
Clive was always a favorite of mine since those first few Maiden albums were canon to me as a growing Metal head and drummer myself. At the time every musician I knew had to do some now considered “Old Maiden” but to me it was still very new, and very fresh. Funny is how that last part seems to still apply. Now since there is never a bad time to listen to classic Maiden perhaps you can do so with Clive in mind today a little more than you might have before his passing. On behalf of the PiercingMetal brand we say not only “Rest In Peace” but “Up The Irons” in his honor. I plan on digging out the practice pad and seeing if I still can do any of the stick work. As I close up this little memorial posting, I cannot help but find it strange that the Ides Of March will hit us on Friday and that is the of a song that Clive played drums on for Iron Maiden’s “Killers”. Thanks for the great music Clive. Sorry you had to leave but at least you did so in your sleep like the reports say.
Official Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Burr