Guitarist Jeff Beck talked in an interview with Classic Rock magazine about the late legendary drummer Cozy Powell. The musician also recalled how the musician was not only talented but he knew the image he should have.
Jeff Beck talks about the late drummer Cozy Powell and his talent:
“I was auditioning for drummers and I was late. When I finally arrived there were 15 drum kits set up and one double kit in red glitter. I said to my assistant: “Whose is that flash-bastard kit over there?” And she pointed and said: “He’s the guy you want.” I said: “Let me hear him first and then we’ll go from there.”
“Cozy and I played for about a minute and you could see all the other drummers packing up their kits. He looked the part as well as being the part. Cozy had the image and he played great. We struck up a friendship from that time on. His idol was John Bonham, and I guess he was my John Bonham.”
Cozy Powell was born on Cirencenter, December 29, 1947 much sought after on pop and rock recordings, Cozy Powell was almost a heavy drumming legend, playing alongside names like Mickie Most, Black Sabbath, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, or even his solo work “Dance with the Devil “, which was the biggest English hit in 1973.
Powell began his professional career in 1965 with The Sorcerers, eventually playing with Jeff Beck after he left the Yardbirds. In 1971, he formed Bedlam, but abandoned this project to produce singles such as “Dance with the Devil”. He later formed Cozy Powell’s Hammer, which broke up in 1975.
Then he joined Rainbow. Always in high demand, he alternated his work between studio sections and live concerts with a wide variety of bands such as Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath never remaining in any band for long. In 1996, he worked on a long tour with Fleetwood Mac.