Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Clive Burr 1957-2013

Sorry to hear that original Iron Maiden drummer (he played on the first records, anyway) Clive Burr died yesterday, of multiple sclerosis, at age 56. Heavy metal drummers tend to be pretty anonymous sounding to me, but I always thought he managed to project a personal voice, and I was sorry when he didn't appear on Piece of Mind, the last Maiden record I ever bought, in 1983.

Here's one of my old favorite tracks of his, from the band's early, punkish days. Listening back to this stuff, there is so obviously a tight band chemistry; no doubt they were playing together a lot, doing a ton of gigs, and made this record in a few days:

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