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ChrisCirino 10-25-2009 03:17 PM

Clive Burr
 
I have found some discussion of Clive in numerous threads, but none dedicated solely to his playing. I have recently been woodshedding about 20 Maiden tunes for an Up the Irons style tribute show. During a recent practice my bandmates brought up the "who's better, Clive or Nicko" argument. Though I think Nicko is a great and unique drummer, I prefer the Clive-era Maiden. Always influential in my own playing, I have only recently begun to understand Clive's unique contribution to the band. The lightning fast right hand, the creative fills, inventive intros and solid beats drive the first three albums. I have yet to see anyone that can properly play the one-handed 16th note pattern in Wrathchild all the way through the song, including Nicko. I'm happy when I see his name mentioned by guys like Ulrich, Lombardo and Bittner as an influence. I'm just curious if he'll ever he gets his due from the general public as the incredibly influential drummer I believe he is.

For you Nicko lovers, I love his playing, but personally think he blew his load on his first two recordings with the band. I just don't see a lot of new stuff happening after Powerslave.

Clive is currently suffering from multiple sclerosis and will never play at the level he did in the early 80's again. Too bad, I would have liked to see a Nicko vs Clive showdown.

Thoughts?

Ian Williams 01-15-2010 04:01 AM

Re: Clive Burr
 
When I listen to the instrumental song "Genghis Khan" that's Clive Burr. He had such an energy, that tone coming out of the drums and the feel, made him unique on the first Maiden's albums. He developed that sort of rhythmic-based marriage with Steve Harris while playing.

I trust he is keeping very well.....

Beastmode52 04-23-2010 05:47 AM

Re: Clive Burr
 
i agree with you dude. Clive just has the outrageous chops and i honestly like him better than Nicko. theyre both great but their playing styles are so contrasting. you'll hardly ever catch Nicko on his hi hats and hes more long tom rolls and flowy. but Clive with his one handed 16th notes and chops is completely different. dont get me wrong i like nicko, my drum teacher knows him well and says hes a cool dude and hes a great drummer. but i love Clive. they should do an episode of deadliest warrior with Clive and Nicko on it

Jeff Gordon #24 04-23-2010 07:02 AM

Re: Clive Burr
 
Nicko was a great replacement for Clive. No doubt! Great in his own right. But I, also, tend to favor Clive Burr. The original drummer of Iron Maiden. Loved his style, chops, and his sound. I miss his playing.

Pocket-full-of-gold 04-23-2010 07:31 AM

Re: Clive Burr
 
Clive vs Nicko......Burr vs McBrain......man, that's an exceptionally tough call. I like 'em both and think they are equally suited to Maiden.

A far easier question to answer is Dickinson vs Di'Anno!

Ian Williams 05-22-2010 05:54 AM

Re: Clive Burr
 
"Genghis Khan" vs. "Losfer Words Big 'Orra." / Killers vs. Piece of Mind. / The Number of the Beast vs. Powerslave......Sorry, fellows I don't want to get caught in that (vs.) issue.

ben. 06-02-2010 06:32 PM

Re: Clive Burr
 
I learned to play the drums playing along The Numbert Of The Beast record (and also Kiss Alive!). Hallowed Be Thy Name was my favorite track to play along to!

I really love Clive's Burr playing on the 3 Maiden albums he was on. McBrain sure is a great drummer in his own style but CB had some kind of groove in his playing that makes it sooooo good!

Neto 06-03-2010 09:04 PM

Re: Clive Burr
 
Burr was perfect for the first three albums. Love the drumming on the Killers album and Gangland on Number of the Beast is cool. He's a straight ahead drummer w/ some chops, but Nicko took them to a new level. Where Eagles Dare anyone. Not saying Burr couldn't play it, just don't think he would've come up with the part. Love them both.

Deathmetalconga 06-03-2010 09:53 PM

Re: Clive Burr
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ben. (Post 707535)
I learned to play the drums playing along The Numbert Of The Beast record (and also Kiss Alive!). Hallowed Be This Name was my favorite track to play along to!

I really love Clive's Burr playing on the 3 Maiden albums he was on. McBrain sure is a great drummer in his own style but CB had some kind of groove in his playing that makes it sooooo good!

Agree completely. Burr had a great jazz feel to his playing and is especially comes out on Killers. As a teenager, before I had a set, I used to air drum to Maiden until my arms hurt.

Ian Williams 06-07-2010 10:54 PM

Re: Clive Burr
 
Same with me, I used to air drumming Genghis Khan / Wrathchild / Murders In The Rue Morgue / The Number of the Beast - to complete exhaustion.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Deathmetalconga (Post 707981)
As a teenager, before I had a set, I used to air drum to Maiden until my arms hurt.



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