Tag: Monsters Of Rock
His resume reads like a classic rock bible: The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Black Sabbath, Robert Plant, Gary Moore, Brian May, and many, many more. He is the legendary Cozy Powell, one of the greatest rock drummers in history. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the death of Cozy. I have always felt that because of the death of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Layne Staley of Alice In Chains on this day, Cozy gets overlooked when his name should be right there with the two of them.
Powell once said that he drove cars like he drummed - madly - was on the phone to his girlfriend as he hurtled down a highway at 104 miles per hour without wearing his seatbelt. Powell was killed when his powerful black Saab 9000 turbo blew a tire on April 5, 1998.
He was driving up the M4, near Bristol, on his way to visit his girlfriend Sharan Reeve in Cardiff. She heard a "terribly loud noise", then silence, as she talked to him on the phone. In a statement, Ms Reeve said that Powell had just told her he was having problems finding fifth gear, and hoped the engine would not seize up as he was going so fast. Then she heard him say: "Oh shit", and the line went silent.
She kept trying to ring him back until she realised something was wrong and contacted the police. Powell, 50, was found to be slightly over the drink-drive limit after the car spun, and the car came to rest on its roof.
Cozy Powell was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, and started playing drums at age 12 in the school orchestra, thereafter playing along in his spare time to popular singles of the day. Powell started out with a vocal harmony pop band called the Sorcerers, which led Powell to friendships with fellow musicians like Robert Plant and John Bonham (both at the time unknowns in 'Listen'), future Slade vocalist Noddy Holder, bassist Dave Pegg and a young guitarist called Tony Iommi. The Sorcerers became Youngblood, and released a series of singles in late 1968–69.
From there he was recognized by Jeff Beck, joining his group from 1970-72. After the breakup of that band, he became an in demand session drummer, bashing for the likes of Hot Chocolate, Donovan and Suzi Quatro. He eventually formed 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' in April 1974. The line-up included Bernie Marsden (guitar), Clive Chamen (bass), Don Airey (keyboards) and Frank Aiello (Bedlam) on vocals.
In 1975 was in my opinion, where Cozy started becoming recognized internationally as one of the great drummers in rock. He joined Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmore, staying until 1980, but not until Rainbow headlined the first ever Monsters of Rock show at Castle Donington, England on August 16th. The festival was Powell's last show with the band.
After Powell left Rainbow, he worked with former Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet, For the rest of the 1980s, Powell assumed short-term journeyman roles with a number of major bands — Michael Schenker Group from 1981 to 1982, and Whitesnake from 1982 to 1985. In 1985 he started recording with Phenomena for their first album, which was released in 1986 when he joined up with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake as a member of Emerson, Lake & Powell.
A stint with Gary Moore followed in 1989. His was with Black Sabbath from 1988 to 1991, and again in 1994–1995. Between late 1992 and early 1993, Powell put together an occasional tour using the old band name 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' featuring himself on drums, Neil Murray on bass, Mario Parga on guitar and Tony Martin on vocals. Powell along with Neil Murray were members of Brian May's band, playing on the 'Back To The Light' and 'Another World' albums. Cozy played with May opening for Guns N' Roses on the second American leg of their 'Use Your Illusion' tour in 1993. The duo also served a spell with blues guitarist Peter Green in the mid-nineties. Cozy's last recording session was for Colin Blunstone's 'The Light Inside', alongside Don Airey, which was released shortly after Cozy's death. Prior to his death in 1998, Cozy had pulled out of a tour with Yngwie Malmsteen due to an injury and was preparing to tour with Brian May. The final solo album by Cozy Powell 'Especially For You' was released in 1998 after his death.
The greatness of Cozy Powell cannot be disputed. Cheers to one of the great all time rock drummers!
Metallica has big plans for their upcoming 30th birthday bash. They'll perform sold-out shows Dec. 5, 7, 9 and 10 at the Fillmore in San Francisco for fan club members only, and at 1981 prices: $6 each or $19.81 for all four. The guest-heavy shows will be taped for possible release later. The band almost forgot about the milestone. "When you've been around this long, you can find an anniversary in almost anything," drummer Lars Ulrich says. "It becomes a little ridiculous. So we decided to do something intimate rather than chest-beating."
Metallica will headline the 10th installment of the Download festival at Donington Park on Saturday, June 9, 2012, with an exclusive U.K. performance of the band's top-selling 1991 LP, "Metallica", a.k.a. "the black album." It will be the eighth time the California metal titans will have played at Donington during their three-decade-long career, having previously performed at both Monsters Of Rock and Download festivals.
"Six years is way too long to be away from the hallowed grounds of Donington Park," says Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. "We are beyond psyched and feel privileged to come back once again to soak up the energy and vibe of the most legendary of festival sites."
"I am absolutely bowled over that Metallica will be playing The Black Album at the 10th anniversary of Download," says Andy Copping, VP of Promotions at Live Nation. "The album is up there as one of the greatest albums of all time, everyone knows the songs. The Download festival has come a long way since we first started in 2003 and to have Metallica back to help us celebrate this milestone is just fantastic."
Download 2012 takes place at Donington Park on June 8-10, 2012.
Rihanna has sampled Metallica on her new album, "Talk That Talk", which will be released on November 21. She has used some of the guitar riffs from the San Francisco metal titans' "Wherever I May Roam" track on "Red Lipstick", which appears on the deluxe version of her new record.
"Wherever I May Roam" is from Metallica's 1991 self-titled fifth album, commonly known as "the black album," which in 2009 surpassed Shania Twain's 1997 record, "Come On Over", as the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era. To date, the black album has sold 15,715,000 copies in the United States.
Although Metallica had scored their first radio and video airplay with their previous effort, 1988's "...And Justice For All", the black album was the band's biggest commercial breakthrough, producing five singles and making them into one of the most popular rock bands in the world.
Another legendary concert I was lucky enough to attend was the 1985 Day On The Green concert at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. Day On The Green concerts had been happening for many years in the Bay Area, and this one was the hardest rocking yet. The concert morphed into the stop for the "Monsters of Rock" tour in subsequent years, but we haven't had a true Day On The Green festival concert in California for many a year now---too bad.
The concert took place Saturday August 31, 1985 and featured headliners The Scorpions, Ratt, Y&T, Metallica, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force and german rockers Victory. I went to the show with a bunch of high school buddies, as I had just graduated in 1984. We saw many more friends and fellow rockers who made the trek up to Oakland as well, as this way the concert of the summer!! The party was on!
I always wish I would have taken more pictures of my experience at these shows, but I found some footage on youtube (although none of Y&T, Scorpions or Ratt).
Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force
Metallica "For Whom The Bell Tolls"
This incorporates a bit of Day On The Green footage:
Although all the bands had exceptional sets (can't really remember Victory's set though), Metallica stole the show. With the legendary Cliff Burton on bass, the band was on top of their game, as it was all starting to come together for them. The crowd went fucking crazy for them, and they blew doors! They were already on their way, but after this show, Metallica took it to another level in their illustrious career!
Whitesnake's "Live At Donington 1990" DVD/live double CD set wil be available on June 3rd in Europe and June 7th in North America, via Frontiers Records. Here's the official trailer:
On August 18th, 1990, Whitesnake headlined the legendary Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington festival (now known as Download). Whitesnake's performance at the festival was one of the most memorable events on the "Liquor & Poker World Tour" that saw the band play sold-out shows to over one million people. It's mixed in 5.1 stereo, and features guitar greats Steve Vai and Adrian Vandenberg, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge and of course, vocalist David Coverdale.
The 'Live At Donington 1990' DVD also includes a substantial gallery of never before seen stills of the band on the "Liquor & Poker World Tour 1990", plus an intimate behind-the-scenes documentary of the making-of the "Slip Of The Tongue": album. Please see below for the respective double CD and DVD track listings. The "Live At Donington 1990" will be available in 2CD set, DVD coverpack, combo 2CD + DVD in digipak and digital edition.