A memorial plaque in honour of the late Cozy Powell will be officially unveiled in his hometown of Cirencester next month, according to classicrock.com.
The tribute comes after fans petitioned for Powell‘s hometown to pay tribute to his career, which included stints with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy among others.
The 50-year-old drummer – real name Colin Powell – was killed in a car crash in 1998 while on the phone to his girlfriend. He was later found to have been over the drink-driving limit.
Campaign organiser Rossella Amadori, who started the petition for the plaque, says: “His talents were immediately evident to anyone who heard him play. But it was when you saw him performing that he really blew you away. You knew that every part of him was right there. No matter which genre of music he was playing, he always gave everything he had.
“Away from the stage, Cozy was a lovely human being. His colleagues remember his great sense of humour, but also his sensitivity and generosity.”
The event will be held on January 7, 2016 at 2:30pm at the Corn Hall, Market Place in Cirencester, followed by a civic reception in the Corn Hall.
A rare RAINBOW documentary has surfaced on YouTube detailing the band from 1975 -1978, featuring DEEP PURPLE guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore, late singer Ronnie James Dio and late drummer Cozy Powell. Check out the 11-minute clip below:
A teaser for “Dance With The Devil: The Cozy Powell Story”, the proposed documentary about late drummer Cozy Powell (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), can be seen below.
Featuring exclusive and extensive interviews with family, friends, work associates and fans, inbetween various archival footage, “Dance with the Devil: The Cozy Powell Story” will be an essential, in-depth and personal account of the man who, from humble beginnings, would go on to play an essential part in British and American rock drumming by playing in and alongside multiple bands and solo artists, as well as his own solo recordings, including his signature instrumental “Dance With The Devil”, up until his tragic death.
Powell died on April 5, 1998 following a car crash while driving his Saab 9000 at 104 mph (167 kmh) in bad weather on the M4 motorway near Bristol, England. According to a BBC report, Powell‘s blood-alcohol reading at the time of the crash was over the legal limit, he was not wearing a seatbelt, and he was talking to his girlfriend on his mobile phone.