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Cozy Powell memorial plaque

Cozy Powell promo picture from 1989; image courtesy cozypowell.comA memorial plaque dedicated to Cozy Powell will be unveiled in his home town of Cirencester on January 7, reports local newspaper. The town council decided to create the plaque to commemorate the town’s most famous musician. The plaque will be installed at the Corn Hall, which now serves as a community center. The event will be attended by Cozy’s friends and collaborators, including our own Don Airey, plus Tony Iommi, Brian May, Suzy Quatro, Tony Martin, Neil Murray, and Bernie Marsden. [Side note: just add a drummer and they can have a decent jam going…] The reception will include memorabilia display and performances by local musicians. Plans are being made to film the event for Dance With The Devil documentary on Cozy’s life, currently in production.

What: Unveiling of memorial plaque for Cozy Powell
When: January 7, 2016, at 2:30 pm
Where: Corn Hall & Assembly Room, 26 Market Pl, Cirencester, UK

Update (Jan 8): The plague was inveiled, with the event being well attended. Albeit Don Airey is nowhere to be seen or mentioned in reports in the local press (Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard or Gloucestershire Echo), nor in the video report:

Update (Feb 19): Don Airey did attend the ceremony, he was just hiding from the TV cameras. Proofpic:

Don Airey, Neil Murray, Tony Iommi, Suzi Quatro, and Brian May at unveiling Cozy Powell memorial plaque; Cirencester, January 7, 2016

Thanks to Wilts and Gloustershire Standard (via BraveWords) for the info, to Shaun Moore for the video, and to Mark Jones for the proofpic.

19 Comments to “Cozy Powell memorial plaque”:

  1. 1
    Terri Barrera says:

    Best ever line up…. R. I. P. Cozy Powell and Mel Galley

  2. 2
    Thomas Hodge says:

    UN-freakin’-believable drummer!!!! He died way, WAY too soon and too tragically. He. Kicked. ARSE!!!! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NO_fx1WshCA

  3. 3
    Karl-Michael Schneider says:

    The town council decided after a petition was filed: https://www.change.org/p/councillor-joe-harris-a-plaque-to-remember-cozy-powell

  4. 4
    Kevin Novak says:

    One of my favorite Drummers of all time and always will be !!

  5. 5
    DeepOz says:

    Nice gesture, RIP Cozy.

  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    A lovely tribute to Cozy Powell, good for his family & friends also. Missed greatly! Cheers.

  7. 7
    David Naber says:

    Saw him with Rainbow boy could he pack a punch

  8. 8
    Jose Reyes Martinez says:


  9. 9
    Edwin van Gent says:

    Best drummer ever!!!
    Saw him first live with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.

  10. 10
    henrik says:

    – They just don’t make drummers like Cozy anymore!

  11. 11
    Clive Robey says:

    Tricky one this, but out of all his work, including all of his Rainbow stuff, the one album I would take to a desert island of him on anything would be Over The Top which has such an array of talent as to be breathtaking, with the track Killer being 11 out of 10.

  12. 12
    MacGregor says:

    Clive@11- your not wrong there, Cozy worked with an incredibly diverse selection of musicians, Simon Phillips also. Those two drummers have it worked out, so much to listen to at times. Yes, OTT is a favourite of mine, but I also rate Octopuss & Tilt right up there! Some of those instrumentals that have Gary Moore on them & of course the original The Loner is on OTT with Clem Clempson on guitar. Jack Bruce also frequented Powell recordings & certain gigs occasionally! Don Airey also of course. Brilliant! Cheers.

  13. 13
    Ronnie says:

    beautiful homenage..

  14. 14
    MacGregor says:

    Some nice coverage over at Tony Iommi’s Facebook site, also at BBC News. Good to see Carl Palmer there. If Jack Bruce & Gary Moore were still with us, maybe they would also have been there, such was Powell’s connection with many outstanding musicians. RIP. Cheers.

  15. 15
    DeeperPurps says:

    Cozy was fantastic! I saw him in Black Sabbath on their Tyr tour in 1990. What a powerhouse drummer. He was perfect for the Sabbath sound. I wish I could have seen him when he was with Rainbow.

  16. 16
    Uwe Fischer says:

    I think Don is to be seen in the Video. Watch out for the Person with the glasses at the very back of the crowd around 43 seconds into the Video.

  17. 17
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Uwe Fisher @ 16:

    You are correct.

    Coverdale and Blackmore should have been in attendance as well. Cozy was an integral part of both Whitesnake and Rainbow.


  18. 18
    Scott W. says:

    Along with Paice, my fave drummer of all time! A major inspiration!

  19. 19
    Vasilis S. says:

    The best drummer ever. R.I.P.

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