The world has lost a great man. Cozy Powell was one of those larger than life characters that one meets very rarely in life. Although we hadn’t seen much of each other over the last few years, we were still firm friends.

The first time I met him was in Musicland Studios in Munich where he had just finished work on Rainbow Rising. I played him some of my solo album Elements and he was so encouraging and enthusiastic I gave him a credit on the album. The last time I saw him was during the rehearsals for the Purpendicular tour, in England – he had come by to say hello and wish us well on our new venture.

I am devastated by the news of his death.

His challenging, lopsided grin and easy going charm endeared him to everyone and anyone fortunate enough to meet him. During my time in Rainbow we shared many a laugh and many adventures – stories about him are legion. He did nothing in half measures and the title of one of his solo albums was appropriate: Over The Top.

He was an extraordinary man.

My thoughts and condolences go out to those who were closest to him, his family and loved ones. We will mourn him but they will miss him the most. Cozy Powell R.I.P.

- Roger Glover

Roger played with Cozy Powell in Rainbow, and is also well known for his work in Deep Purple.