Clive Burr

Born: March 8, 1957
Died: March 12, 2013

Occupation: Drummer / Musician / Songwriter

Challenges overcome: Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Clive was born in London in 1957. He is best known for being a member of legendary heavy metal band, Iron Maiden from 1979 – 1982 as the drummer. He played on three records for Iron Maiden, ‘Iron Maiden’, ‘Killers’, and the break through record ‘The Number of the Beast’.

Clive Burr was fired from Iron Maiden in 1982 during ‘The Beast on the Road’ tour.
He has also played for a number of other bands including Samson, Stratus, and Praying Mantis.

Clive’s drumming style had a strong influence on a number of drummers including Dave Lombardo, of Slayer, Charlie Benante, of Anthrax, and Dave McClain, of Machine Head.

Challenges Overcome

Clive had Multiple Sclerosis, and treatments for the condition left him in a great amount of debt. Because of this Iron Maiden held a number of charity events and were involved in setting up the Clive Burr Multiple Sclerosis Trust Fund. He was a patron for a charity called Clive Aid, which raises awareness and funds for Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer programmes around the world through the staging of rock events.

Clive’s partner, Mimi also had Multiple Sclerosis. Clive’s MS meant he had to use a wheelchair.

Clive died in his sleep at the age of 56 in 2013 due to complications from his MS. Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson stated “Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence.”

Disability Definitions

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a nerve disorder that occurs when the insulating layer surrounding neurons in the brain and spinal cord are destroyed.  The disease is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the movements, sensations, as well as body functions.


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