Bruce Dickinson explains Clive Burr’s exit before Iron Maiden plays Vancouver in 1983


By Steve Newton

Iron Maiden is playing Vancouver on its Book of Souls tour tonight–in fact, Bruce Dickinson may be belting out “Two Minutes to Midnight” as I post this.

I’ve seen the British metal legends most every time they’ve been here since 1982–the year I interviewed original drummer Clive Burr, who sadly succumbed to multiple sclerosis in 2013 at the age of 56.

In ’83 I did another Maiden interview, this time with singer Bruce Dickinson, before the band played Vancouver on its Piece of Mind tour, on a bill with Saxon and Fastway (who had “Fast” Eddie Clarke from Motorhead and Pete Way from UFO, which I just inducted into Newt’s Rock Hall).

In celebration of Iron Maiden’s return to Vancouver tonight, here’s an audio excerpt from that interview I did 33 years ago, which I recently digitized from an ancient cassette.

Have a listen:



Needless to say: Up the Irons!


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