1957 – Born on this day, Clive Burr, Iron Maiden, (1982 UK No.1 album ‘The Number Of The Beast’, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter’).
Clive Burr (born 8 March 1957, East Ham, East London) was the drummer in the British band Iron Maiden. Previously a member of Samson, Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979. An acquaintance of then-Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton, Burr played on their first three records: Iron Maiden, Killers and their breakthrough release The Number of the Beast. Burr left the band in 1982 due to Iron Maiden’s tour schedule and personal problems. He was replaced by the band’s current drummer, Nicko McBrain. Burr wrote one song on The Number of the Beast, “Gangland”, and another song, “Total Eclipse”, that was cut from the album and showed up as the b-side of the Run to the Hills single, and later on the Number Of The Beast remastered CD re-release.
After leaving Iron Maiden, Burr briefly played in the French group Trust, thus switching places with McBrain. Burr was featured in the short-lived NWOBHM supergroup Gogmagog which also included ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno and future Maiden guitarist Janick Gers. He also had a band known as Clive Burr’s Escape (later known as Stratus), featuring former Praying Mantis members, which disbanded after releasing one album. Burr then joined Dee Snider in his post-Twisted Sister outfit Desperado, which was never fully realized due to a falling out with the band’s record company. Burr performed with British bands Elixir and Praying Mantis in the 1990s, but did not become a member of either.
Burr has since been diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis, the treatment of which left him deeply in debt. Iron Maiden staged a series of charity concerts and were involved in the founding of the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. Burr now uses a wheelchair because of the MS.
Burr is now patron of the charity Clive Aid, a charity formed in 2004. Clive Aid has since continued to raise awareness and funds for various Cancer and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) programs around the world through the staging of rock events. Clive attends many of these events. Official Site of Clive Aid
Burr’s signature white drum kit was donated to the Hard Rock Cafe in London in 2005.