CLIVE BURR (8 MARCH 1957 – 12 MARCH 2013) WAS AN ENGLISH DRUMMER, BEST KNOWN AS A MEMBER OF IRON MAIDEN FROM 1979 TO 1982.[3
Previously a member of Samson, Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979 (coincidentally at about the same time Bruce Dickinson joined Samson). 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, the last of which was the Maiden debut of Bruce Dickinson. Burr was fired from the band in 1982 during The Beast on the Road tour. He was replaced by the band’s current drummer, Nicko McBrain. Burr co-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.
Burr also appeared on “The Number of the Beast” and “Run to the Hills” videos.
In an interview with Classic Rock magazine in February 2011, Burr candidly discussed his split from Maiden. Describing much of what has been written about the split as “hogwash”, Burr indicated that he was ousted from the band. After “leaving” Iron Maiden, Burr briefly played in the French group Trust, thus (once again, coincidentally) switching places with McBrain, and briefly with the American band Alcatrazz. 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’s signature white drum kit was donated to the Hard Rock Cafe in London in 2005.
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