Former IRON MAIDEN Drummer Clive Burr Loses Battle With MS

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Following yesterday’s news from Iron Maiden that former drummer Clive Burr has passed away at the age of just 56, tributes have been pouring in from some of the scene’s biggest names.

Clive had been incapacitated for some time, having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, and passed away peacefully in his home on March 12th.

Upon learning of Burr’s debilatating condition and with mounting medical bills, Maiden band mates formed the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund to help raise money for his living costs. They performed a number of concerts in his honour, with Maiden manager Rod Smallwood commenting, “Maiden has always been a family and, even after all these years, we still consider Clive to be part of that family and as such we feel we should help him in any way possible. We are sure the fans will agree and add their support to this.”

Burr left Maiden just before they began the rise to become stadium fillers.

Bruce Dickinson statement on the official Maiden site simply read,

“I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden. He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family”

Bassist Steve Harris’ added :

“This is terribly sad news, Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.”

Clive joined Maiden in 1979, drumming on the band’s first three albums, 1980′s Iron Maiden, follow up Killers and 1982′s The Number Of The Beast, which was Iron Maiden’s only album to include songwriting credits from Clive Burr. Clive was also a member of vocalist Bruce Dickinson’s pre-Iron Maiden band, Samson. In 2012, the album was voted No. 1 in HMV’s list of “The Best British Albums of the Past 60 Years.

Since news broke, Twitter has been awash with heartfelt condolences:

Dave Lombardo of SLAYER:

“Sadness overcame my morning when I heard this news. His style was inspiring and the albums he recorded with Iron Maiden are touchstones of my music education. He played with a particular energy which bought edge and excitement to the Iron Maiden classics. I never got to meet him, but I wish did. The best thing for me to do right now is listen to some classic Iron Maiden. Up the irons!”

@ironmaiden extremely sad to hear of Clive’s passing. Leaves us some great drumming on some classic records!!

— Bleed To This (@bleedtothis) March 14, 2013

David Ellefson of MEGADETH: “I was so saddened to hear of Clive Burr passing away today. He was one of my all-time favorite metal drummers. I’m thankful for his music and contributions. My condolences…” Slash of GUNS N’ ROSES: “Really sad news; RIP Clive Burr. Played on my fav Iron Maiden records.”

RIP CLIVE BURR! He made me get into Maiden even more! His drummin propels those songs, his parts were great! # of Beast= perfect rock drums! — Brian Tichy(@BrianTichy) March 14, 2013

Tom Morello of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: “RIP Clive Burr, original Iron Maiden drummer, who rocked those first 3 records HARD.

CLIVE BURR…One of My Favorite Drummers of all time. A quick Story. It was 1981 I was hanging with Friends in… — Charlie Benante (@skisum) March 13, 2013

Dave McClain of MACHINE HEAD: “Very sad news. One of my favorite drummers and a huge influence on me as a young drummer. To me, he brought punk rock drumming into heavy metal. I can remember walking into the Hemisphere Arena in San Antonio to see Iron Maiden and seeing Clive’s white kit on stage. I about crapped my pants! I just stood there in awe looking at the actual kit that I had been staring at on the back of the ‘Killers’ album cover for the whole summer. I was a HAPPY kid! He will always be an inspiration to my drumming. One of my go-to guys when I’m trying to find different drum fills and beats, or I’ll ask myself, ‘What would Clive do?’”

Very sad news. Iron Maiden fans are mourning. Rest in peace, Clive Burr.

— Shai Hulud (@shaihulud) March 13, 2013

Richie Faulkner of JUDAS PRIEST: “Not a prisoner, I’m a free man, And my blood is my own now, Don’t care where the past was , I know where I’m going”

ACCEPT: “R.I.P. Clive Burr. He will be truly missed….he left us with some amazing drumming. Loved his style and sound.”

Paul Bostaph of SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN: “I’m truly saddened to hear of Clive Burr’s passing. His drumming has had and still has a strong influence on my playing style. I bummed I never go to meet him and thank him in person for his musical gifts. God speed, Clive!”

A sad day today for the metal world. R.I.P. Clive Burr. Your legacy will not be forgotten.

— 3 Inches of Blood (@3iob) March 14, 2013

Me and Clive Burr in 1989. Rare. I don’t even remember being filmed! Desperado – Woodstock Rehearsal: via @youtube

— Dee Snider (@deesnider) March 10, 2013

Burr’s signature white drum kit was donated to the Hard Rock Cafe in London in 2005.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that targets the brain and spinal cord. It affects the coverings to nerve cells that can diminish spinal and brain function such as vision problems, tingling in extremities, and pain.

Iron Maiden are headlining this year’s Download Festival, glasses will be raised, and no doubt tears will be shed. 

Rest In Peace Clive Burr, legend.
(March 8th 1957 – March 12th 2013)

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