The british drummer Cozy Powell is definitely of the greatest musicians in hard rock and heavy metal of all time. He played with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker Group and Fleetwood Mac, besides a solid solo career, creating the 1973 hit “Dance With the Devil.
But unfortunately the musician died too early, on April 5, 1998 at 50 in a car crash near Bristol, England. The cause of the accident was the speed, since Powell drove over 160km/h in a bad weather. He had been dating a married woman that was having troubles with her husband.
Upset, the woman phoned him and asked him to come quickly to her house which was approximately 35 miles away. She phoned him again on the way and asked “Where are you?” and then he informed her he was on his way and then she heard him say “Oh shit!” followed by a loud bang.
The musician was ejected through the windscreen and died at the moment. BBC reported that at the time Powell’s blood-alcohol reading was over the legal limit and he wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Evidencie also showed that his car had a slow puncture in a rear tyre that that could have caused a sudden collapse of the tyre with a consequent loss of control of the car.
At the time of his death he was recovering from a foot injury he had during a tour with guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen.
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.
“I miss him as brother, we had such an amazing time together and Cozy really gave me the confidence to step outside Queen and do things on my own and with somebody who had great sympathy for where i was at and i felt i had great sympathy for where he was at. We brought our respectives sounds together and boy.., we had some fun. It was just amazing. In the studio for of all and then we did a couple of great tours together.
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