Billy Cobham: The ‘lost’ 1980 interview

Jon Newey
Thursday, June 13, 2024

Back in March 1980, nine years after his unforgettable debut with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham was still riding high. Jon Newey, then working for music weekly Sounds, managed to grab a rare interview with the drummer, which was published in the paper's 10 May edition. It's reprinted here (with a new introduction) for the first time in 44 years, and provides a fascinating snapshot of Cobham's career and ambitions at the time

Jon Newey (left) and Billy Cobham, March 1980
Jon Newey (left) and Billy Cobham, March 1980

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