IRON MAIDEN PLAY FOR OLD DRUMMER

The metal legends perform two nights in London to help out multiple sclerosis-stricken drummer Clive Burr...

Iron Maiden are to take time out from a 12-month sabbatical to play two LONDON benefit shows in March.

The metal veterans had intended to take a break while preparing to write and record a new studio album for release in 2003. However, the band have confirmed two shows at the London Brixton Academy (March 20-21) in aid of ex-drummer Clive Burr. Burr has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Burr was the group’s drummer from December 1979 and played on the first three albums, ‘Iron Maiden’, ‘Killers’ and ‘Number of the Beast’, and toured with the band until his departure from the group in early 1983.

Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris said: “We were gutted to hear of Clive’s condition. It must be a very scary prospect for him to face. It seemed natural that we should try and help Clive by trying to improve his future quality of life. We are setting up a special trust, The Clive Burr MS Trust Fund, and are keen to help him as much as we possibly can.”

All profits from the two shows will go to the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund, and the dates will be the group’s only of 2002.

Tickets, priced &pound25 and will available to fan club members, then general sale on January 25.