But what does this "sort himself out" mean? His drumming is excellent to the end of the Beast tour. I sometimes wonder if Steve just thought Nicko is a better drummer and think about what the 82 following albums would have sounded like with Clive on the drums and i cant imagine they could not sound good with Clive. Clive was an awesome drummer and to my ears better than Nicko. Maybe some of the fast bass drum stuff of Nicko would be too hard for Clive to handle, but as a live performance drummer i think Clive was better than Nicko the band sounded tighter. But i trust the drumming experts who say Nicko was a lot better technically . But i can imagine Clive doing just fine on post Beast stuffThere are many reasons why they had to let Clive go as I explain in my book which you can get here bit.ly/3wuKMJ5. The reasons were explained to me by a person who worked closely with the band between 1980-1990, Keith Wilfort and Adrian Smith. And can be summarized as follows:
Clive was having personal problems (family and girl friend) since the beginning of '82. While the band was in the UK, things were kind of sorted because the proximity of his relatives, friends and girl friend but as soon as the band went outside of the UK, things started to get complicated. The band was obviously getting bigger by the minute and with fame, as both Adrian and Bruce comment on their book, access to drugs and booze become much easier. Now, imagine young Clive having to sort his personal problems, being famous and having access to drugs and booze and really no one to rely upon because you're the young and handsome drummer of a now World famous Heavy Metal band, what do you do? Overindulge... He was given four opportunites to sort himself up (all well explained in the book), the last being after the Beast On The Road tour on December 10, but ALAS two things happen during the last weeks of December. First, the relationship with his girlfriend ends in a bad way and secondly, and more important, Clive's dad dies. This is all too much for Clive and the band (Steve) has no other option but to let Clive go because there was no chance at all they can give him more time to sort himself up before they had to go to Jersey to start work on Album No. 4.