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14th January 2013

cozy powell

Cozy Powell, like his contemporaries, was a titan in both the British and American rock music and drumming scenes and between 1968-1998 Powell was one of the most prolific session and band drummers working and his CV, in his own words, "runs like a Who's Who of rock" including The Jeff Beck Group, MSG, Whitesnake, ELP, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy, Rainbow and the Brian May Band, as well as his own solo recordings, the most well known being the instrumental hit 'Dance With The Devil', helping to further highlight the drums and role of drummer and influencing a generation, a feat few other drummers have been able to match or better since.

Yet with all these achievements Cozy Powell appears to have been lost to the musical past, but why? Why, when after contributing so much to rock music and drumming has the legacy and memory of Cozy, one if it's brightest talents, remained absent?

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Also, as a person, Cozy Powell remains an enigma. Apart from his documented love of fast cars and motorbikes much isn't known about Cozy or the life he lead away from the drums other than his love of speed, which were to have devastating consequences later on in his life.

Unlike his contemporaries John Bonham or Keith Moon, Cozy Powell never appeared to get himself into the tabloid press for the wrong reasons, allowing him to stay a deeply private man who always stayed focused on his work, and so has remained a true mystery.

It's with these questions that filmmaker Lee Hutchings now seeks to answer by passionately embarking on the first in-depth and detailed account of Cozy Powell's life and work, 'Dance With The Devil: The Cozy Powell Story'.

Featuring exclusive interviews from family, friends and work colleagues, next to classic archival footage, Lee intends to pay the highest tribute to the man and legend that was Cozy Powell, from his early and humble beginnings through to his rise as superstar drummer to the unexpected and tragic events that ended his life in April 1998.

'Dance With The Devil: The Cozy Powell Story' will also go that extra mile by revealing Cozy's legacy and influence since his death both as a drummer and as a person on musicians and others, alongside established fans and those who have since discovered the magic of Cozy's vast and incredible body of work across 30 years.

Lee is aiming to have the film released in Autumn 2013 and we will bring you the exact date as soon as it is decided.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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