Cozy Powell fans have launched an online petition to have the iconic drummer’s home town recognise his legacy with a plaque – and they’ve already received a favourable response from authorities.
Powell, real name Colin Flooks, died in a car crash in 1998, ending a career that included stints with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy and more.
His first band, The Corals, were a regular fixture at youth clubs in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Now supporters want town councillors to commemorate his achievements.
Campaign organiser Rossella Amadori says on the petition page: “Some rare artists are able to arouse real, intense emotions – Cozy Powell was one of those.
“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.”
Calling for Cirencester Town Council to have the plaque created, Amadori adds: “It would be nice if the place he grew up could dedicate something to him as a recognition of his brilliant career and his incredible life. I think he deserves it, having given so much to rock music.”
The petition has secured over 700 signatures to date, and Cirencester Town Councillor Mark Harris has said: “It sounds like a really great idea – we’ll definitely look into the best way of doing this.” The main stage at the town’s Phoenix Festival, held over the weekend, was renamed in Powell’s honour.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE
News / 4 Mar 2014ELP – Emerson, Lake And Petty?
Drummer Carl Palmer admits he wasn’t happy when bandmates replaced him with Cozy Powell: “They couldn’t wait 4 weeks after we hadn’t played for 10 years”
News / 25 Sep 2014Whitesnake detail 1984 live album
Back To The Bone features Coverdale, Sykes, Murray and Powell - with bonus Jon Lord appearance
News / 14 Dec 2015Cozy Powell memorial to be unveiled
Fans' campaign results in permanent tribute to former Rainbow and Black Sabbath drummer
News / 8 Jan 2016Cozy Powell memorial plaque unveiled
Rock stars gather for ceremony in late drummer's hometown
TeamRock+ Review / 23 Jan 2015Whitesnake: Live In ’84 – Back To The Bone
DVD and CD set from the Slide It In era.
News / 6 Feb 2016Anvil stream Die For A Lie lyric video
Hear track from upcoming album Anvil Is Anvil
News / 6 Feb 2016Stone Temple Pilots launch worldwide vocalist search
Singers invited to audition to become band’s third frontman
News / 5 Feb 2016Hollywood Vampires plan Lemmy Grammy tribute
Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp will perform a Motorhead track at ceremony on February 15
News / 5 Feb 2016Tarantula species named after Johnny Cash
Spider is one of 14 new breeds discovered in Southern California