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

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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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