BLACK SABBATH, QUEEN Legends Attend COZY POWELL Plaque Unveiling (Video)

January 8, 2016

According to the Gloucestershire Echo, BLACK SABBATH's Tony Iommi and QUEEN's Brian May attended the unveiling ceremony for a plaque honoring legendary drummer Cozy Powell (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, BLACK SABBATH, WHITESNAKE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on January 7 in Cirencester, England. Also appearing at the VIP reception at the Corn Hall were DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Don Airey and ex-WHITESAKE members Neil Murray and Bernie Marsden.

May, who was good friends with Cozy, praised Powell, calling him "a brilliant innovative world-beating drummer." He added: "He was one of the world's greatest drummers and musicians. We have the great honor of unveiling this."

Iommi said: "It was great to play with [Cozy]. This is a great moment."

The event was reportedly filmed and will be included in a documentary about Cozy's life, "Dance With The Devil - The Cozy Powell Story", which has been in production for the last several years.

The plaque was created by Cirencester Town Council in response to a petition started by Italian woman Rossella Amadori and signed by 3,000 people.

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.

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