Clive Burr, former drummer with heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, died in his sleep earlier this week on Tuesday March 12, 2013. He was 56 years old. Although he was fired from the band in 1982, Bur remained friends with his former bandmates, who were longtime supporters Clive Aid, the charity Burr was a patron of which raised funds and awareness for cancer and multiple sclerosis (of which Burr himself suffered) causes around the world. It’s in recognition of his role in the history of one of the world’s biggest metal fans that we’ve put together this week’s Sunday Slaylist as a tribute to Clive Burr.
Now of course our Slaylist contains the two Iron Maiden songs on which Burr receives a writing credit, but we’ve also made sure to include tracks by the other bands that Burr drummed in during his career as a working musician. That means it features tracks by Trust, Stratus and Elixir (although somewhat annoyingly, the original versions of the Elixir tracks that Burr recorded aren’t available on Spotify, so we’re having to use some re-recorded versions). We’ve also got two tracks from the curious Gogmagog, the supergroup that featured both ex- and current members of Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard and Whitesnake. Although given this project was created and produced by disgraced producer Jonathan King, we can see why it’s mainly been consigned to the dustbin of history.
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Watch the video to ‘Run To The Hills’ by Iron Maiden (featuring Clive Burr on drums):