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
You have to give credit to a band like Iron Maiden because not only are they one of the best providers of Metal music ever, but even now after thirty years of doing their thing prove that they are stronger than ever in bringing this message to the masses. In addition to their very healthy crop of incendiary albums, they have released numerous live recordings, video concerts and greatest hits packages that let us stock our shelves and keep mascot Eddie pleased. 2010 is almost at a close and The Maiden shows no sign of stopping and in the eyes of the Metal masses this is a very good thing. We’ve covered a number of the group’s releases, videos and shows on the website so to learn what we had to say about them you can just click HERE to search the website for any content relating to Iron Maiden – “Up The Irons!”
Official Website: www.ironmaiden.com
There’s plenty of awesome Metal to choose from in the Iron Maiden catalog and even a few exciting DVD releases. Here’s some links to help you build or complete your collection for this great band.
Artist: Iron Maiden
Title: “Visions Of The Beast”
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 7/15/2003
Genre: Heavy Metal
When you look back on the body of work that Iron Maiden has issued over the course of their career it the results are very impressive. Holding strong at over 20 albums consisting of studio efforts, live releases and greatest hit compilations Iron Maiden has always held the banner of Heavy Metal high this something that all fans should own. The double DVD Edition features all of the videos from the very beginning of their career until the album “Brave New World”. Fans get presentations by every singer in the group, which started out with Paul DiAnno, who was replaced by Bruce Dickinson. Dickinson has the most videos since his tenure was the longest and only briefly interrupted by his departure a few years ago. Blaze Bailey took on the mantle from there until Bruce decided to return to the group in 1999. Given their time of recording, many of the videos might seem sub-par based on their simplistic nature and overall campy nature. Songs like “Run To The Hills” especially come to mind as they include silent movie Cowboy vs. Indians footage as well as band concert imagery. Many of the videos also seem to be focused on Maiden being on stage doing lip-synching to the tracks. There are some cool animated menus to navigate around and for those that want a comprehensive example of the band historically in terms of videos – then you must grab a copy of this release. Everyone has a favorite Iron Maiden song and I think that this release caters to the larger public in that respect. Some of these clips will take you back in time, especially if you grew up along with the band. My favorites remain with “Wasted Years”, “Can I Play With Madness” and “Number Of The Beast”.
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Artist: Iron Maiden
Title: “Part 1: The Early Days”
Label: Columbia Music Video
Release Date: 11/23/2004
Genre: Heavy Metal
With the release of “Part 1: The Early Days” DVD Iron Maiden has given the fans something very long overdue. The band has continually released live CD after one another and while most were good, it was definitely time for something different. The “Early Days” DVD certainly solves that quest for difference. As I watched, I began to figure how best to make comments on the piece and realized that the footage and features were even more than I could have hoped for. Iron Maiden clearly took the time to deliver the type of product that the fans have been clamoring for across the years. Loaded with not one but four vintage concerts (among them are two featuring Paul DiAnno on vocals) it makes it worthwhile from this alone. It also has some archive footage regarding early band television appearances from the time when the band was newly signed. The “Early Days” documentary piece alone runs 90 minutes and will offer a lot of historical perspective into this time in the bands life. Prior to this release the only place I had ever seen this type of footage were on bootlegs one might find at Metal conventions, and it is so great to see this on a quality and clean copy as opposed to grainy dubs on VHS. I am still electric from watching the “Live At The Rainbow” concert, as my Friend owned a copied copy of a copy. I remembered back about 15 years ago being huddled with the other metal head friends as we watched it on a small TV screen in a basement.
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