“I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden. He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his M.S., Clive never lost his sense of humour or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family.” —Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson mourns his old drummer Clive Burr, who died Tuesday night after an 18 year battle with multiple sclerosis. Burr played on the band's first three albums, including their 1982 masterpiece The Number of the Beast. Born in East London, he died [...]
"And no, you're not seeing double. The doppelganger drummers are myself and Clive Deamer. Clive has long been one of my favourite drummers and so I was really excited when he agreed to perform with us." —Radiohead's Phil Selway on recruiting Clive Deamer—who has played with Portishead, Dr. John, Robert Plant and Hawkwind!—to be the Jaimoe Johanson to his Butch Trucks. Or is it the other way around?
Here's video of Vampire Weekend playing a new song called "California English." I really liked the part in the recent New Yorker article when singer Ezra Koenig said that "There are probably a lot better reasons why you could say we're not good" (as opposed to questioning the authenticity of three preppy white boys and one preppy Iranian-American playing Afropop). This song sounds, and looks, awfully hard to play. It is a fast song. In fact, drummer Chris Tomson has a bit of difficulty-and laughs at himself in a nice way.