Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr passed away in his sleep on Tuesday night (March 12th, 2013) after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 56 years old. Burr joined Iron Maiden in 1979, playing on the band’s landmark first three albums; Iron Maiden (1980), Killers (1981) and The Number of the Beast (1982). I interviewed Burr’s replacement in Maiden, Nicko McBrain several years ago and he had only very nice things to say about Clive. Coincidentally, March 12th is also the birthday of Maiden Bassist, Steve Harris, who turned 57 years old yesterday. RIP, Clive.
Steve Harris, bassist and brain trust for Iron Maiden was born on this day, March 12th, in 1956. Happy Birthday, Steve, and Death to False Metal!
The great Brann Dailor of Mastodon graces the cover of November’s Modern Drummer, where you will also find my long-awaited article on Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden. Out to subscribers now, on newsstands everywhere October 6th!
“What Are You Looking At?”
Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain was born on this day, June 5th in 1952. Coincidentally, I just did an amazing interview with Nicko this past Monday, which will show up eventually in the pages of Modern Drummer magazine. He was really just the coolest, most hilarious guy to talk to. Happy Birthday, Nicko!
It was this past Tuesday morning that I received an email in my box with the ominous subject heading: “Bad News.” Seeing that the email came from my editor at Metal Edge Magazine, I did not need to be a brain surgeon, or to even have a brain, to know that any email coming from an editor that promises “Bad News” even before you open it can only mean one thing – that magazine is about to fold. And so it is with the great Metal Edge, which will close-up shop on Tuesday, February 11th after sending its final issue to the printer. Phil Freeman (said editor) asked all of us newly axed writers to please keep our fat mouths shut for a week until the closing could be made official, but obviously that was too great a request, as “anonymous sources” had blabbed the news to Metal Sucks and The Daily Swarm by the following afternoon. So I don’t want anyone to think I’m late to the party here with the Breaking News. It’s just that I didn’t want to be a dick.