R.I.P. Clive Burr & Alvin Lee
The passing of some our favourite rock musician is like losing a good friend.
Today word came down that CLIVE BURR, Iron Maiden’s first drummer who blitzed his way through the first three Maiden albums including Number of the Beast, succumbed to M.S. today. (that's Clive in the picture to the right, first row-left side)
On a post on the Maiden website:
We are deeply saddened to report that Clive Burr passed away last night. He had suffered poor health for many years after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and died peacefully in his sleep at home.
Steve Harris said “This is terribly sad news. Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time."
Bruce Dickinson adds “I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden. He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family”
As Maiden fans all know, Clive joined Maiden in 1979 and performed on the first three albums Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981) and The Number of the Beast (1982). Prior to that he was a member of Samson, the band Bruce fronted before he too joined Maiden.
Just so you know, Aaron Solowoniuk, drummer for Billy Talent battles M.S. everyday. He's started a scholarship fund and campaign against MS called F.U.M.S. Watch the video at the bottom of page for more..
Last week another rock guitar legend, Alvin Lee passed away. Alvin Lee was best known for work with the band Ten Years After back in the late 60’s – early 70’s. Ten Years After’s big hit was “I’d Love To Change The World” but first broke through with his performance at Woodstock for his blazing speed and virtuosity on the song “I’m Going Home”.
...and as promised above, here's Ben from Billy Talent speak out about drummer Aaron Solowoniuk's battle with M.S.