A SOUTH Tyneside punk has joined forces with fellow musicians to pay tribute to one of the greatest drummers of all time.
Decca Wade, drummer with the Angelic Upstarts, has teamed up with Cockney Rejects’ guitarist Tony Van Frater and former Red Alert bassist Tom Von Spencer to record a new version of Cozy Powell’s Dance With The Devil.
The ex-Rainbow and Black Sabbath drummer was a personal friend of Decca, from Jarrow, and taught him how to play drum patterns from the hit, which reached No3 in 1974.
Ex-Whisky Priests and Toy Dolls drummer Nicky Buck, from Peterlee, approached Decca to record the tribute to Powell, who died in a car crash in 1998.
He said: “I’ve always admired Cozy’s work, and wanted to show the music world that punk musicians can really play their instruments.
“This version is possibly even more technically complicated than the original, and it sounds modern and fresh. I’m delighted at the way that Decca and the band have recorded this single.”
Decca has named the band the Moscow Mules, after a famous cocktail drink.
He said: “We’ve shown that we’ve still got the drive and enthusiasm to produce a potential hit single after all these years in the business.
“The song cuts across all musical genres and will appeal to rock, punk and even dance fans. I really believe it is the best track I’ve ever recorded.”
Sponsorship for the single has been given by Ashington-based business GSP (UK) Ltd, who supply flow-wrapper machines for bakeries and food processing plants.
Community radio station Radio Northumberland will be exclusively playing the track on Monday at 10pm during a special documentary about the making of the record.
The public will be able to download it from iTunes at a later date.