The Drunk Drummer from Hell

Former Iron Maiden drummer who replaced "Thunderstick" and was himself replaced by Nicko McBrain. Clive Burr was born on the 8th March of 1957, and played in Maiden from 1979 to 1983. He played the drums on early Maiden albums such as Iron Maiden, Killers, and The Number of the Beast. He (along with bass player Steve Harris) laid down the rhythm for some of Maiden's best known classics, such as Run To The Hills, The Number of the Beast, The Prisoner and Hallowed Be Thy Name. He left Iron Maiden after the release of The Number of The Beast. His reason for leaving was that his heavily alcoholized lifestyle was causing problems for the band -- during the Beast tour, Burr was usually so hung over during the shows that he had to have a puke bucket standing next to his throne in case he needed to vomit during the show (which he did on several occasions). Still, he was on good terms with his former bandmates, and he would eventually perform together with several of them again, in other bands.

Life after Maiden

Leaving Maiden didn't mean the end of his drumming career. He has played in many bands both before and after his time in Maiden, including Samson, Clive Burr's Escape, Stratus, Tygon, Praying Mantis, Trust, Gogmagog, Desperados, Elixir and True Brits.

Live for Clive

In 2002, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Upon hearing the news, the current Maiden immediately threw together three benefit gigs named "Live for Clive", and several members sold some of their instruments on auctions (including Nicko McBrain's monster 31-piece drum kit), donating all income to a trust fund for research into the disease and paying their former drummer's medical bills. There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis, but Burr is helping test new drugs, hoping that his body responses may help increase knowledge about the disease, or indeed finding a cure. It is certain that the disease has put a tragic end to his drumming career, motor skills are impaired as the immune system starts eating away the nerves.

Whether Burr or McBrain was the better drummer is Iron Maiden fans' very own vi vs Emacs-style "debate". This is why the UN leaders secretly got together and implemented a secret policy to never let any Iron Maiden fan occupy a high rank in any member nation's military; they'd readily fight wars over it. As for the two drummers themselves, they've always been on good terms.

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