Tribute concert with former Black Sabbath and Whitesnake musicians raises £4,500

31 May 2019

A tribute concert for former Black Sabbath and Whitesnake drummer Cozy Powell has raised £4,500 for World Animal Protection

The cheque was presented by drummer Bob Richards and musicians Ian Richard Wills and Ester Rowley in Cirencester, the town that Cozy was born.

Bob Richards said, “World Animal Protection were Cozy’s favourite charity and he would have been delighted to help out with the cause. It was fantastic to get such amazing musicians down for the tribute concert and we hope to do something like this again in the future.”

George White, Communications Manager World Animal Protection, “We are so grateful to Cozy for his support for animals around the world and to his friends for putting on this amazing concert in his memory. The money raised will go towards giving animals a life worth living around the world.”

Cheque handover in Cirencester. From l-r; musician Ian Richard Wills; Virginie Kan, World Animal Protection UK director of fundraising & marketing; musician Ester Rowley; Katie Hobbs, World Animal Protection high profile relations lead; and Buck & Evans drummer Bob Richards. Credit World Animal Protection

The tribute concert for Cozy was held on December 29 at Robin 2 in Bilston, West Midlands, England. Cozy's original drum kit was used throughout the night and musicians included ex-Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin and former Whitesnake and Black Sabbath bassist Neil Murray, Uriah Heep's Russell Gilbrook, The Sweet’s frontman Paul Manzi, Mike Terrana, The Sweet's Tony O'Hora, Thunder's Chris Childs and Harry James, Michael Schenker Group members Chris Glen and Ted McKenna, Dare guitarist Vinny Burns and Lionheart's Lee Small. Sadly, Ted McKenna passed away a few weeks after the concert.

Cozy Powell

As well as Black Sabbath and Whitesnake Cozy was also a member of Cozy Powell's Hammer, The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Emerson, Lake & Powell and more.

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"We are so grateful to Cozy for his support for animals around the world and to his friends for putting on this amazing concert in his memory. The money raised will go towards giving animals a life worth living around the world." - George White, communications manager at World Animal Protection

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