Clive Burr played drums with Iron Maiden from 1979-1982. He appeared on the band’s first three albums. Today would be his 57th birthday, but he passed away in his sleep on March 12, 2013, due to complications from multiple sclerosis. He was a fantastic drummer, and was by all accounts a wonderful human being. Check out some of his live performances, if you are so inclined. You could certainly spend your time on less useful things.
This first video is Iron Maiden’s first full-length home video release, Live at the Rainbow, recorded at the Rainbow Theater in London in December 1980, and released in 1981. This is one of the band’s first performances with Adrian Smith on guitar. It is fucking excellent.
Next is Beast Over Hammersmith, recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in March 1982. This performance is one of the early shows with Bruce Dickinson on vocals. Some of the lighting quality is sub-par, but the show itself is top notch, and very much worth your time.
And finally, if you’re pressed for time, here’s Clive’s sole songwriting contribution to Iron Maiden, “Gangland”, from the band’s breakthrough third album, 1982’s Number of the Beast.
Happy birthday, Clive. UP THE IRONS!
Remember to stay heavy, friends.