As a kid I was a big fan of Cozy Powell. From the brilliant live Rainbow album to the unique drum solo hit single “Dance With The Devil.” I even covered “Dance” with my parents band — my mother played drums if you can believe that!

When I received a call from Cozy in 1987 to join him and John Sykes in the then embryonic band Blue Murder, it was an honor and a thrill. We jammed and hung together for six months before Cozy went his own way. He was an exciting and super nice guy.

It was a tragedy to lose him in this way. Cozy was one of a kind. He will be sadly missed. Keep jammin’ up there Cozy!

See you later

Your friend,
Tony Franklin

Tony played with Cozy briefly in the embryonic stages of the band Blue Murder.