Iron Maiden Helping Ex-Drummer With MS

Iron Maiden actively support many charities and fund-raising events, but unlike some entertainers, they rarely speak about their efforts in this area.

Iron Maiden Helping Ex-Drummer With MS
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Iron Maiden actively support many charities and fund-raising events, but unlike some entertainers, they rarely speak about their efforts in this area. But there is one that remains close to the band's heart. "One of the things I can talk about, because we started it off, is our old drummer, Clive [Burr] has MS [multiple sclerosis], so we started The Clive Burr Trust," Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris told. "Another friend of mine [Ralph] also has got it. He's in a wheelchair. We went to school with him, my oldest friend since I was 5 years old, so we helped him, but we don't normally talk too much about it." Maiden's drummer from 1979 to 1983, Burr toured and played on the group's first three studio albums, 1980's "Iron Maiden", 1981's "Killers" and 1982's "The Number Of The Beast". Burr played with other bands following his departure from Maiden, where he was replaced by Nicko McBrain, who still holds down the backbeat thirty years later. Burr was later diagnosed with MS, and the band established the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund in 2002 to help their former bandmate and friend with his ongoing bills and treatment. The band continues to raise money for it periodically. "The fans know about it and they contribute to it, and every now and again we'll do a show and just donate all the money," says Harris. "When we need to top it up, we do something." Iron Maiden recently completed a summer tour of North America. Thanks to Hennemusic for the report.

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    Chronologo
    this is actually NEWS, but instead what we got in the front page? kroeger and lavigne's wimbo jimbo
    Kriggs
    I attended a Maiden gig at the Brixton Academy around 2002 to raise money for Burr cause of his condition. I remember cause they played Children of the Damned for the first time in ages. I recall Bruce saying that they broke a record for the most money made off of Merchandise sales during that gig. Its nice to see they havent made it a one-off.
    masterofpuppies
    Fairplay to Maiden, great guys. On a lighter note, it's a good job they never offered to do the same for Paul Dianno when he was claiming incapacity benefit...
    Braykah
    This is just one of many reasons why they're one of the greatest, nicest bands in metal. Up the Irons.
    bassm99
    I'm not a big Iron Maiden fan but I have so much respect for this band. Anything they have achieved they deserve!
    Sundben
    I think many bands could take some advice from the actions of Maiden.
    ermonski
    this is really awesome, not all bands treat their ex-bandmates like this after leaving the band. really sweet of Bruce and the guys