The former drummer of legendary rock band Iron Maiden has passed away in his sleep on March 12, 2013. Clive Burr was suffering with multiple sclerosis before his death; he was 56 years old. Burr played on the first three Iron Maiden albums and was an important part in the band early on.
Steve Harris, who is a founding member of the pioneering band said that Clive was an old friend of theirs and the news of his death was quite sad. Other bands that Burr had been a part of included Alcatrazz, TRUST, Samson, Desperado and Gogmagog.
Burr was born on March 8, 1957 and started off as a musician and songwriter for Samson. The three albums that Burr was a part of with Maiden included ‘Iron Maiden’, ‘Killers’ and ‘The Number of the Beast’. These albums played an important role in changing the sonic landscape in the 1980’s, leading to the rise of a new wave of British heavy metal.
Clive retired from music in 1994 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). Bruce Dickinson, who is the singer of Iron Maiden said that Clive always maintained a sense of humor, even during his toughest days with MS. The band had set up the Clive Burr MS Trust to help the musician with his living expenses over the years.