Clive Burr, Iron Maiden’s original drummer, lost his twelve year battle with multiple sclerosis early Wednesday morning. Burr was diagnosed in 2001, and had been bound to a wheelchair for the majority of the remainder of his life. He was 56. Though treatments put Burr in debt, his former band mates in Iron Maiden put on numerous benefit concerts to help provide him with some financial stability, along with helping found the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund.
In addition to being a founding member of Iron Maiden, playing on their first three records–Iron Maiden, Killers, and The Number Of The Beast–Burr performed with various heavy metal bands, such as Saxon, Trust, Desperado, Elixir and Praying Mantis. Iron Maiden members Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson commented on Burr’s passing.
“This is terribly sad news,” said Maiden bassist Steve Harris. “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.”
Bruce Dickinson added, “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.” You can check out a classic Maiden performance from the Rainbow in London from the 1981 Killers tour below.
Iron Maiden – Live At The Rainbow