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JUNE 2015

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REMINDERS:
1 June - Brian and Kerry Ellis, Verona
7 June - Final episode BBC2 'Armada' [Anita Dobson]
9 June - 'London Road' film premiere/broadcast to cinemas
10 June - Brian and Kerry on BBC Radio 2 "Drivetime"
15 June - Brian in documentary "Thomas Chatterton: The Myth of the Doomed Poet" BBC Four 8:30pm - 9pm
18 June - Release Adam Lambert "The Original High" ft Brian May on 'Lucy'
30 June - Asteroid Day - London event info HERE and Ticket link
1- 18 July - Anita Dobson in 'She Stoops To Conquer' Theatre Royal Bath Tickets
28 August -Release Motorhead "Bad Magic"album ft Brian May on 'The Devil'.

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**Tue 16 Jun 15**
BRIAM MAY INTERVIEW - ON BEING CROWNED 'RIFF LORD' ’ METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS 2015
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Brian May - playing live 2014

GIGS AND FESTIVALS
16 June 2015

- report they spoke to Brian May before the ceremony, who said he was honoured to be in the same company as the previous recipient, “best friend in the business and father of heavy metal” Tony Iommi.

Speaking of Queen, he said it wasn’t always easy to get his riffs onto Queen albums.
BRIAN MAY: “It was difficult. We had this problem with every session with every album, where there were four painters trying to paint on the same canvas. And it was painful; you’re always trying to push your baby, and you’re always trying to be heard, in a sense. It was very tough, and we had to learn to deal with each other and recognise that the sum of the parts was greater than the part itself.”

On who was Queen's second best guitar riff writer?
“I don’t even know if I was the first even!”,
but named Freddie Mercury, and his work on ‘Ogre Battle’. “It’s a great guitar riff. He wrote that on a battered old acoustic, and I can still see his hands working. His hands worked twice as hard as everybody else as he wouldn’t do up and down strokes, he would only do down strokes. So he was like a possessed person when he was playing the guitar.”

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**Tue 16 Jun 15**
WATCH METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS
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The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2015 Part One | Metal Hammer
- https://youtu.be/b6LE_9iCjHg

Check out part one of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2015 featuring Scott Ian, We Are Harlot, Queen's Brian May, Babymetal and many more!

 

The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2015 Part Two | Metal Hammer
- https://youtu.be/kFApZS3tMo0

Part Two of this year's Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2015 featuring Judas Priest, Faith No More, At The Gates, Dave Muscatine (Megadeth) and more!

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**Mon 15 Jun 15**
BRIAN MAY INVERVIEW: METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GOD AWARDS 2015
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TEAM ROCK INTERVIEW - Brian May interviewed by Dewsbury (Russ Collington).

Brian May

 

TRANSCRIPT BY JEN TUNNEY (BrianMay.com)
E&OE

DEWSBURY (aka Russ Collington): It is the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2015 - my name’s Dewsbury, and it’s not that often I go “Oooooh”. I met Tony Iommi. I was “Ooooh. I’m sat here right now with the Riff Lord 2015, Dr Brian May. How are you sir?

BRIAN MAY: I’m very good. I’m very proud to be here in that capacity - especially after Tony Iommi, who is my ultimate best friend in the business. Words cannot do the man justice, yes. I’m thrilled to do this.

No, you can’t even express what Tony Iommi is, yeah - the father of it all. So I’m happy to be here, very honoured, specially with Matt. I gave my award to Matt Taylor who is the awesome dude who threw this piece of machinery 317 million miles into space and it arrived at the right place and landed a tiny little pod on a comet, incredible stuff. So I awarded him his Spirit of Hammer Award, and he awarded me - Riff Lord.

DEWSBURY: The Riff Lord ! I wanted to ask about you and Dr Matt. Dr Mat, Dr Brian. I’m the least qualified person within… radius, knowing that Dr Matt has done what Dr Matt has done, what he’s done - how did that come about going “Let’s give him this award”?

BRIAN: Well, it wasn’t my idea, but I’ve been following their mission all along, you know. They started ten years ago. They pushed this thing into space and they deliberately didn’t talk to it for ten years while it found its way to the right place and they were hoping, obviously, that they’d calculated the predictions right and when it switched itself on it would be in the right place. Well, low and behold it was and we all from our armchairs on the internet watched this thing approach a comet in a way that’s never been done before, and then this tiny little lander was detached and sent down to the actual comet itself, hit the surface - unfortunately hit it too hard and bounced and ended up in some place which was in shadow, so its solar battery, it’s solar powered battery

DEWSBURY:… it didn’t get on, did it.

BRIAN: But, this is the greatest timing, because yesterday the thing woke up. Philae actually woke up and now is back in contact with the Earth- back in contact with these Rosetta guys.

DEWSBURY: Do you feel excited just to be alive and be present at such a time when such gigantic steps are being made in Science?

BRIAN: I do love it. I must say, ‘cos, you know, when I as a kid I used to beg to be allowed to stay up and watch Patrick Moore on TV as we all did when we were kids, and yeah, it was my dream that things like this would happen. So I love waking up and knowing that we’re taking these amazing steps into space. I have a strange, I have a cautious view of the Human Race, ‘cos I think we’re making a horrible mess of planet that we live on, and that bothers me greatly and I spend a lot of my time campaigning against what I consider to be bad practices of Human Beings. But Human Beings, nevertheless are capable of the most wonderful things, and this is one of them. This is an awesome achievement, in my opinion.

DEWSBURY: Riff Lord 2015, at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods - this is Dr Brian May.

BRIAN: Thank you, Russ.

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**Mon 15 Jun 15**
NEWS: METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GOD AWARDS 2015
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LIVE BLOG HERE

Dr Brian May received RIFF LORD AWARD from Dr Matt Taylor

Brian May - Riff Lord

Brian May with Metal Hammer Riff Lord Award
Photo: Getty

Show starts approx 7pm - and will be filmed for later broadcast, but not live, but not live - we will endeavour to post transmission details and Press.

Hold tight, London, because the most metal awards show in the known universe is back and heavier than ever! Orange Amplification Presents the Metal Hammer Golden Gods in association with World Of Warships return to London's Indigo2 venue for another night of riffs, drunken carnage and, of course, the most prestigious gongs in all of music.

The awards are hosted by Anthrax's Scott Ian and feature, between the award presentations, live performances from:

Killing Joke
Babymetal - featuring Dragonforce
At The Gates
We Are Harlot
Suicidal Tendencies

LOUDWIRE reports:
GOLDEN GOD

Drumroll please….This year’s Metal Hammer Golden God has been chosen, and the winner is… Dave Mustaine. Five days before the actual U.K. award ceremony, organizers of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods have announced the big recipient of the night. Megadeth’s mainman will be given the major honor and will join the ranks of past winners like Marilyn Manson, Machine Head‘s Robb Flynn and Opeth‘s Mikael Akerfeldt. In a statement to Metal Hammer, Mustaine said, “I am truly humbled to receive this award, and to be recognized by your peers for your accomplishments, is almost as gratifying as not being recognized by the police for your accomplices.”

Matt Taylor - astrophysicist - Red Carpet
Matt Taylor - Rosetta astrophysicist - Red Carpet

Brian May is presenting the Jagermeister sponsored 'Spirit of Metal Award' Metal Hammer Golden Gods the winner is...

Brian May

Brian greets Matt Taylor
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Brian May, Scott Ian, Dr Matt Taylor
Winner of our 'Spirit of Metal Award' Metal Hammer Golden Gods
as presented by Brian May & Scott Ian to Dr Matt Taylor [Metal Hammer]

Spirit of Hammer Dr Matt Taylor
Spirit of Hammer
Dr Matt Taylor

WINNERS:
Best New Band - We Are Harlot
Best British Band - Bring Me The Horizon
Best International Band - Slipknot
Breakthrough -Babymetal
Best Live Band - Of Mice And Men
Defender of the Faith - Tommy Thayer
Spirit of Hammer - Dr Matt Taylor (Presented by Dr Brian May)
Icon - Mike Muir
Legend - Gene Simmons
Riff Lord - Dr Brian May
Best Underground - Winterfylleth
Dimebag Darrell 'Shredder' - Richie Faulkner
King of the Internet - 10 Second Song Guy
Best Album - Faith No More Sol Invictus
Best Independent Label - Epitaph Records
Inspiration - At The Gates
Golden God - Dave Mustaine


Two astronomers receive awards at Metal Hammer Golden Gods!!
The stars align! Congrats to Brian May and Matt Taylor!!

Raising the Awards
Photo: Getty

Brian May and Gene Simmons - Red Carpet
Brian May and Gene Simmons on same Red Carpet

Brian and Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons and Queen's Brian May backstage at Golden Gods Awards tonight.
Photo Kiss.com

Brian and Tommy Thayer

Tommy Thayer ‏with the great Brian May backstage at Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards.

Indigo O2

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**Sun 14 Jun 15**
BRIAN MAY AIMS TO HELP SAVE WORLD FROM ASTEROID ATTACK WHICH COULD WIPE OUT HUMAN RACE
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MIRROR
14 June 2015 by Steve White

Scientists have named June 30 as ‘Asteroid Day’ to help raise the cash to build and launch orbiting space observatory Sentinel

Scientists want to raise £160million to build an orbiting space observatory. We will space rock you: May is concerned by solar system debris
Queen rocker Brian May is helping scientists raise £160million to build an orbiting space observatory to save the world from asteroid attack.

The boffins have named June 30 as ‘Asteroid Day’ to help raise the cash to build and launch Sentinel.

Brian May - We will space rock you

We will space rock you: May is concerned by solar system debris

Supporters other than guitarist May include Martin Rees, the astronomer royal; biologist Richard Dawkins; Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart; Nobel laureate Sir Harold Kroto; British astronaut Helen Sharman; and cosmonaut Alexey Leonov.

Their aim is to highlight the dangers facing Earth and track deadly asteroids that may be lurking in near-Earth space. They claim a small asteroid, perhaps only a few hundred yards across, hitting Earth would devastate a continent or trigger tsunamis.

June marks the anniversary of the “Tunguska event”, when a small asteroid or comet exploded above Siberia with the force of 1,000 atomic bombs in 1908 - the largest impact event on Earth in recorded history.

“Asteroid impacts are one of the few threats we can quantify,” Lord Rees said. “Every 10 million years or so, a body a few kilometres across will hit the Earth, causing global catastrophe – there are a few chances in a million that this is how we will die. However, there are larger numbers of smaller asteroids that could cause regional or local devastation. A body that is, say, 300 metres across, if it fell into the Atlantic, would produce huge tsunamis that would devastate much of Europe as well as the east coast of the US."

The Sentinel telescope would be launched on a Falcon 9 Space X rocket and would hover in space relatively close to the sun, looking back out into space and surveying asteroids and meteorites that approach the Earth.

"Sentinel would be fitted with an infra-red telescope as asteroids are generally charcoal black and difficult to spot in space,” added Murphy. “However, an infra-red telescope would allow it to detect asteroids from their heat.”

Lord Rees added: “The cost of an impact would be colossal, which means – if you calculate an insurance premium in the usual way by multiplying probability by consequences, it turns out to be worth spending $1billion a year to reduce asteroid risk.”

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**Fri 12 Jun 15**
A LITTLE MESSAGE FROM BRIAN MAY - FOR DISCOVERY SCIENCE
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As a main signatory of the Asteroid Day movement, Brian May (from the rock band Queen) has a little message for you all...

A Little Message From Brian May - https://youtu.be/AzRTq3ghWz8

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**Thu 11 Jun 15**
NEWSWEEK: WE CAN SAVE OURSELVES FROM EARTH-KILLIING ASTEROIDS
- ASTEROID DAY
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Of interest, regarding Asteroids - and imminent Asteroid Day....

Newsweek cover - Asteroids

NEWSWEEK
We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, but Someone Has to Pay
11 June 2015 by Nina Burleigh

EXTRACT:

The public will also be hearing more about asteroids later this month, when a motley crew of astronomers, physicists, rock stars and filmmakers get behind what’s being billed as the world’s first “Asteroid Day,” on June 30. The annual event’s date was selected because on June 30, 1908, an asteroid flattened thousands of square miles of remote Siberian forest, in what’s known as the Tunguska event.

The organizers and participants include Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May, U.K. Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, American scientist Bill Nye and astronauts Lu and Schweickart. Events are planned in cities around the world, and live presentations will be beamed from London and San Francisco. The Asteroid Day organizers are also circulating an online petition called “The 100X Declaration” calling for a hundredfold increase in the mapping and tracking of asteroids.

“There are a million asteroids in our solar system that have the potential to strike Earth and destroy a city, yet we have discovered less than 10,000—just one percent—of them,” the document states. ”We have the technology to change that situation.”

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**Wed 10 June 15**
BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS ON DRIVETIME
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Brian May & Kerry Ellis - Simon Mayo Drivetime 10062015
http://youtu.be/2L7k5aEFDSE

Brian and Kerry popped into the BBC2 Drivetime studio for a chat with Simon Mayo. Covered subjects: finer points of the track "We Will Rock You", George Michael, Adam Lambert, how Brian and Kerry first met, and how their collaboration has developed from the point of Kerry auditioning for the We Will Rock You Musical; their relative musical influences from an early age; their Anthems collaboration, One Voice single, and now working on Anthems II album- expected end of the year, early next year.

Kerry tweeted: Great chat with @simonmayo today with @DrBrianMay , so great to hear our track for the first time on the radio !

Brian, Simon Mayo and Kerry Ellis

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**Tue 09 Jun 15**
LONDON ROAD - PREMIERE 9 JUNE - PHOTOS, CLIPS, REPORTS
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The film premiere of "London Road" took place tonight at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, and screened in selected cinemas around the UK. Film will be on general release in UK 12 June.

See interview:

HUFFINGTON POST
'London Road' Star Anita Dobson Rejects Surgery Or Botox - 'Someone's Got To Look Their Real Age On Screen'
2 June 2015

Brian and Anita - London Road premiere


Outside Ritzy Cinema before the screening

 

London Road - prizegiving scene

Anita Dobson
Anita Dobson as June

London Road Film: It Could Be Him clip - https://youtu.be/JncGIdfQLAs


London Road Film: London Road in Bloom clip - https://youtu.be/FClYQ5pv2eo


London Road Film: Behind the Scenes - https://youtu.be/oDYrsHimCh8


London Road Film Trailer - https://youtu.be/I8NxcsH9o4A

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**Tue 09 Jun 15**
BRIAN MAY AND KERRY ELLIS TO BE ON SIMON MAYO'S DRIVETIME - 10 JUNE
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Simon Mayo
Simon Mayo - host of BBC2 Drivetime

Brian and Kerry will be on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow on Drivetime with Simon Mayo - primarily talking about their "One Voice" single.

BBC RADIO 2 - 10/06/2015
17:05-19:00

Simon Mayo Drivetime
Father Simon shares another comical confession, sent in from a listener - but will the team forgive? And as ever, you can expect all the usual Sport, Business and Travel updates from Matt. Rebecca and Bobby.

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One Voice

PRESS RELEASE:

New single from Brian May and Kerry Ellis
‘One Voice’

‘One Voice’ is a brand new recording by Brian May and Kerry Ellis. The video of Brian and Kerry’s performance of the song is already available to be viewed at Brian’s Official YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/0plWNDyA6Ig

The track is available on all digital partners.

Onv Voice
Digital release

Announcing the release, Brian says: “This is probably the fastest turnaround I’ve ever achieved - in terms of getting from a finished mix to a new song being ‘out there’ - but we’re rarin’ to go, and decided to dispense with the formalities and throw our new track out there without a backward look. This track is Art for Art’s sake. To me, it’s something I’m already proud of, with a magnificent vocal performance by Kerry Ellis, but also it has a crystal clear human message – ‘You have a voice … your voice CAN make a difference’.”

‘One Voice’ is a song written by Ruth Moody, co-founder of the Canadian music group, The Wailin’ Jennys. Ruth has personally given her approval for this new arrangement by Brian, and she is acknowledged in the credits thus: “We thank Ruth Moody most sincerely for giving us her blessing to re-present her beautiful song.”

Credits show drums by legendary Meat Loaf drummer, John Miceli, with all other instruments by Brian May, the producer of the track. Other credits: Co-produced and Engineered by Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson; Mastered by Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters; Video concept by Brian May and Grigorij Richters; Lighting/Camera by Grigorij Richters, also post-production and editing; Shoot assisted and hosted by Denis Pellerin.

A regular vocal partner to Brian May in the recording studio and in live concerts, Kerry Ellis is a highly respected star of both the West End and Broadway, most recently starring as Grizabella in “Cats” at the London Palladium. Brian and Kerry are presently in the studio working towards an Anthems II album.

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**Tue 09 Jun 15**
BRIAN MAY AT MAMMA MIA! - MAZZ MURRAY FIRST NIGHT
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Brian attended the first night for new cast members joining the West End production of the Mamma Mia! Musical last night. Here he is with Kerry Ellis and Mazz Murray, who has just joined the show in the party of Tanya.

Bri, Mazz Murray and Kerry Ellis 8 June 2015
Brian, Mazz Murray and Kerry Ellis, Mamma Mia! 8 June 2015

WHATSONSTAGE
BRIAN MAY AND KERRY ELLIS WELCOME NEW MAMMA MIA! CAST
Mazz Murray, Jo Napthine and Gabriella Williams have joined the cast of the Abba musical
9 Jun by Ben Hewis

Brian May with producer, Judy Cramer
Brian May with producer, Judy Craymer - © Dan Wooller

Brian May with cast
Brian May with Jo Napthine (Rosie), Dianne Pilkington (Donna Sheridan) and Mazz Murray (Tanya)
© Dan Wooller

Queen guitarist Brian May and West End leading lady Kerry Ellis were among guests at the Novello Theatre last night to welcome the new cast of Abba musical Mamma Mia! The new cast includes Mazz Murray (We Will Rock You) as Tanya, Jo Napthine as Rosie, Gabriella Williams as Sophie Sheridan and James Darch as Sky.

Also joining the cast is Louise Young as Ali, Stephanie Fearon as Lisa, Dan Partridge as Pepper and Rory Phelan as Eddie. Dianne Pilkington continues to star as Donna Sheridan, with Richard Trinder as Sam, Alasdair Harvey as Harry and Charles Daish as Bill. At certain performances, the role of Donna Sheridan will be played by Shona White.

Set on a Greek island and featuring the songs of Abba, Mamma Mia! is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and produced by Judy Craymer, who were also the creative forces behind the hit 2008 film adaptation.

The show premiered at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6 April 1999 before transferring to the Prince of Wales Theatre in June 2004. It has been in its current home the Novello since September 2012.

You can read our recent 20 Questions with Mazz Murray here and for more information and to book tickets, click here.

EARLIER REPORT:

LONDON BROADWAY
6 May 2015 by Ryan McPhee

Extract:

Some new stars are heading into the London production of Mamma Mia! Beginning June 8, Gabriella Williams will make her West End debut as Sophie. Joining her on that day will be Mazz Murray as Tanya, Jo Napthine as Rosie and James Darch as Sky. The ABBA tuner continues to play at the Novello Theatre.

Murray, a member of the vocal group Woman, has appeared in We Will Rock You and Fame in the West End and in the U.K. tours of Rent and Smokey Joe’s Café. Napthine’s previous credits include Made in Dagenham, Urinetown, Sister Act, The Sound of Music and The Woman in White. Darch has appeared on the U.K. stage in Kiss Me Kate and Cats.

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**Tue 09 Jun 15**
"THE ORIGINAL HIGH" INC 'LUCY' RELEASED FOR STREAMING
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The Original HighAdam Lambert's new album is out for streaming, put out by Warner Brothers and Adam...the entire album! Including 'Lucy' with Brian May !!!! It was released on Monday for folks to stream for free until June 15th!

The Original High
Ft Brian May PRE-ORDER

If you can't wait for the album here is the Amazon streaming link: http://goo.gl/aNzKIw THIS DOES STREAM IN UK.

Adam has tweeted that 'Ghost Town' is now available on iTunes in the UK.

Adam and Brian

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**Mon 08 Jun 15**
BEST HEAVY METAL RELEASES SLATED FOR SUMMER
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PHOENIX NEW TIMES
8 June 2015

EXTRACT:

The year 2015 has already been a pretty solid year for heavy metal. More festivals in the U.S. have popped up, like the Loudwire Festival and the first-ever U.S. Rock in Rio, and the month of May had six consecutive weekends of record-setting attendance for festivals like Carolina Rebellion and Rocklahoma. People are embracing heavy metal now more than ever, and it also seems like hardcore fans are branching out, keeping an open ear and mind about different metal genres.

This list of heavy metal and hard rock summer releases are by no means the only albums we’re psyched about, but rather the ones were most excited about. However, since the summer heat in AZ extends far past Labor Day, I’m including a few special releases that straddle the summer/fall line. Enjoy.

Motorhead, Bad Magic, August 28

It’s no surprise that even after 40 years of melting faces with their speed metal, Motorhead are still releasing albums. Their 22nd—yes, 22nd—studio album will be released at summer’s end, and it’s rumored to consist of some of the band’s most intense rhythms and riffs yet. They are as heavy as ever, and this album calls back to their early days, when an attitude of punk, devilish biker style, and tribal drums reigned supreme. There’s even a guest appearance by Queen’s Brian May. Pre-Order Link

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**Mon 08 Jun 15**
PLAQUE WILL COMMEMORATE CIRENCESTER ROCK LEGEND COZY POWELL
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Cozy Powell

WILTS & GLOUCESTERSHIRE STANDARD
8 June 2015 by Brendan McFadden

A CIRENCESTER man who found world-wide fame as a drummer in several hit rock bands is set to be honoured by the town. Cozy Powell who appeared in, The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath, died in a car accident on the M4 in 1998 but his name has not been forgotten and he still has many fans around the world.

Cirencester Town Council council have submitted plans to install a plaque at the front of the Corn Hall in the town as response to more than 3,000 people signing an online petition on change.org by Italian woman Rossella Amadori, that asked that Cirencester created one to remember him.

At the Cirencester Town Council planning meeting on Thursday, councillors voted to recommend plans for the plaque which are going to be put to Cotswold District Council and will read “Cozy Powell, born in Cirencester and performed here with the Corals 1964 – 1966.”

John Burgess, the Gloucestershire County Council ward councillor for Cirencester was the lead singer of the Corals, and he said the plaque was a brilliant idea. He said: "I think it is important that he is remembered in this way, for Rossella to do this petition was a great surprise and a great idea. We were shocked to hear when he died - that is how he lived his life he lived life in the fast lane." He said that Cozy, whose real name was Colin Flukes, took his name from American group, the Cozy Cole Dance Band after John started calling him by it. "I started calling him Cozy as a name." He said to me one day I am going start calling myself Cozy Powell. Powell was his mum's Christian name."

Mark Harris Mayor of Cirencester said he thought it was important to honour Cozy as he was one of the best drummers of his generation. He added that Queen Guitarist Brian May, who played with Cozy in his group, The Brian May Band, supported the installation of the plaque and he will be inviting him to unveil it.

In August last year, the Phoenix Festival in Cirencester, named the main stage in honour of Cozy. Cozy had appeared on at least 66 albums, with contributions on many other recordings. His solo song, Dance With The Devil, reached number one in the UK chart in 1974 - making him one of the few drummers in the world to achieve a number one hit.

The Drums Are Back

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