CORKY

Corky Laing is a drummer, songwriter, singer and a raconteur. He is best known as the drummer of the legendary bands Mountain (1969-) and West, Bruce & Laing (1973-75). Mountain toured and recorded on and off until 2010. In the late 70s Corky released his solo album “Making it on the Streets” that is often cited as an overlooked pioneer of AOR. In the early eighties Corky recorded with an indie band called the Mix and at the end of 1990s he got together with Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix’s Experience) and Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) to form the band Cork.

In the 90s Corky worked for several years as the vice president, A&R, of Polygram Records, Canada. During that time, he produced bands like Men Without Hats and Bootsauce. He also had his own radio show, Under the Rock, in Canada, has published an anecdotal road stories –book, Stick it! and has his one-man show, The Best Seat in the House, a humorous autobiographical production that combines storytelling and music.

In the early part of 2010s Corky was busy with Playing God: The Rock Opera – a critically acclaimed collaboration with two Finnish philosophers. In 2014, he was awarded with the Bonzo Bash Legends Award (following Bill Ward, Carmine Appice and Peter Criss).

Since 2015 Corky has been touring the world with Corky Laing’s Mountain – celebrating the Mountain legacy. He has also been writing new material with his current live band and the album, The Toledo Sessions will be released in May 2019 by Prudential Records. His autobiography, written together with Tuija Takala, Letters to Sarah is published by Polite Bystander Productions in April 2019.