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Drum Legend Corky Laing Is Back On The Road!

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Drum Legend Corky Laing Is Back On The Road!

NYC – The legendary drummer, Corky Laing, is back on the road with his first solo project since 1977. “Corky Laing plays Mountain” toured the UK in November 2015. Following an enthusiastic response from the UK audiences, he returns to Europe this spring. First up is a nine-day tour of Germany in February and in May he’ll be back in the UK. Corky is also locking in US dates starting with a package with Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience in Sag Harbor, NY in late February and with further dates for “Corky Laing plays Mountain” being scheduled for late May and early June.

After Mountain stopped touring in 2010, Corky has been busy with his one-man show, “Best Seat in the House” and the critically acclaimed “Playing God: The Rock Opera”. The Rock Opera has been performed in Basel, Switzerland, in Helsinki, Finland and last year it made its American debut with a sold out show at the Kaye Playhouse in the heart of Manhattan. This year the opera returns to Finland where, in addition to shows, it will be filmed for a video release.

Being back on the road with “Corky Laing plays Mountain” is a thrill for Corky. He loves playing the Mountain material the way it was originally written and says that behind the kit, in front of an audience, he feels like he is 18-year-old again. And from what the reviews say, the youthful enthusiasm is thoroughly reflected in the band’s sound and attitude.

For more information about Corky and his past, current and future activities (including updates on live performances), please visit:
http://corkylaingworks.com

Follow Corky on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/corkylaing

Watch Nantucket Sleighride from the Corky Laing plays Mountain UK 2015 tour (London, 100 Club, 11/15/2015) here:

Corky’s 2016 tour schedule, as it now stands:

CORKY LAING plays MOUNTAIN – German Tour 2016
2/9/2016 Meisenfrei, Bremen
2/10/2016 Markthalle, Hamburg
2/11/2016 Roxy, Flensburg
2/12/2016 Kulturwerksta, Melle-Buer
2/13/2016 Beavers, Miltenberg
2/14/2016 Rock Jungfer, Arnstadt
2/15/2016 Kofferfabrik, Fürth
2/16/2016 Blues Club Chiemgau, Rimsting
2/17/2016 Harmonie, Bonn

THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK EXPERIENCE
Corky Laing plays Mountain & Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience
2/26/2016 Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor, NY
CORKY LAING AND THE PERFECT CHILD – PLAYING GOD: THE ROCK OPERA
4/8/2016 Cultural Arena Gloria, Helsinki, Finland
4/9/2016 Cultural Arena Gloria, Helsinki, Finland

CORKY LAING PLAYS MOUNTAIN – UK tour 2016
5/6/2016 Talking Heads, Southampton
5/7/2016 Blues Festival, St. Ives
5/8/2016 Blues Festival, Frome
5/9/2016 Robin 2, Bilston
5/10/2016 100 Club, London
5/11/2016 Greystones, Sheffield
5/14/2016 Library Theatre, Darwen
5/15/2016 Blues Festival, Lincoln

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Drum Legend Corky Laing Is Presented The ‘Bonzo Bash Legend Award’ At John Bonham’s Bonzo Bash By Kiss’s Peter Criss!

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Drum Legend Corky Laing Is Presented The ‘Bonzo Bash Legend Award’ At John Bonham’s Bonzo Bash By Kiss’s Peter Criss!

“As the drummer for Mountain, Corky Laing shares the title as one of the best players of his genre. He’s also the same good guy he used to be.” – Levon Helm

NYC – Much to the excitement of drummers worldwide, one of rock’s icons, drum legend Corky Laing, recently received the prestigous ‘Bonzo Bash Legend Award’ at the Bergen PAC in New Jersey on May 31st. The award was presented by original Kiss drummer Peter Criss!

Corky says, “It was a tremendous honor and a total surprise when Peter Criss (from Kiss) presented the ‘Legend Award’ to me at the John Bonham ‘Bonzo Bash’. And to receive the award in front of all these brilliant drummers was a real rush. There seems to be a kind of ‘magical crazy glue’ that keeps the drumming community tightly wrapped. It’s not like the ‘Super Bowl of drumming’, there is no competition. Every drummer has his/her own uniqueness. We aspire to reach out while digging deep with a passion to become the very best. I humbly believe in receiving this award I’m being recognized for doing just that. Every day for me is another downbeat, and what a joy it is to live and breath it. It may sound a bit out there, but that’s exactly how I feel when I play. I am sincerely in love with my ‘all consuming mistress’, my beautiful drum kit!”

Watch the video of Corky receiving the ‘Legend Award’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lKT_tMYsi8

As well as Mountain, Laing has recorded with a long list of legendary artists including Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Bo Diddley and Ozzy Osbourne. He has performed with Meat Loaf, Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers, Voivod, Teenage Head and dozens of others. And according to Modern Drummer magazine, Corky Laing “has done as much as anyone in Western culture to turn the cowbell into a rock ’n roll staple”.

This prolific artist is busier than ever. His latest project, ‘Playing God’, a rock opera created with Matti Häyry and Tuija Takala from Finland, premiered in Basel, Switzerland, and Paris, France in 2013. Recently, in the early spring of 2014, the rock opera was performed in Helsinki, Finland. Laing wrote the music for the album, and is the Musical Director in the stage performances where he also performs a key role, LUKE, who plays drums and sings. The ‘Playing God’ CD was released on GONZO Multimedia on July 15, 2013.

‘Playing God’ CD is available at:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/search/product_details/15579/Corky_Laing_and_the_Perfect_Child-Playing_God.html

Check out Corky’s upcoming appearance!

Corky Laing “Under The Rock”
Friday June 27 2014 at 8pm
Guild Hall- East Hampton, NY

Corky Laing flies solo… recounting his rock ’n roll life in words and music.

Montreal native Corky Laing, co-founder of iconic supergroups Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing, comes out from behind the drums and spills all about the Golden Age of Rock, which wasn’t always quite so golden… An era when rock stars were bigger than life, in spite of the fact that many of their lives spun out of control.

Laing, who wrote the platinum-selling rock anthem, “Mississippi Queen”, chronicles his life from his innocent early days on the Montreal sock-hop circuit (Bartholomew Plus 3 and Energy) to the pinnacle of rock ‘n roll.

On June 27, 2014, Laing, whose skills on the skins are matched only by his wit and candour, will relate how he climbed up and fell down with some of the rock world’s most prominent luminaries… but it’s not all talk. Corky will show us exactly how and why he is one of the most acclaimed drummers in the music business. And he took it all in from UNDER THE ROCK!

When: June 27, 2014
Where: Guild Hall – East Hampton, NY (in The John Drew Theatre in the Dina Merrill Pavilion at Guild Hall)
158 Main Street
East Hampton, New York 11937
631-324-0806
Tickets online at GuildHall.org or at Box Office 631-324-4050; theatermania.com; or 866-811-4111

For more information:
http://www.playinggodrocks.com/corky_bio
http://www.ucantalktome.wix.com/corky
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Corky-Laing/450016148385577

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com


Examiner.com Interview with Corky Laing

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‘Playing God’ Rock Opera CD by Corky Laing and the Perfect Child
Rating:5/5
August 30, 2013
Corky Laing Interview:

Canadian powerhouse drummer Corky Laing is essentially associated with rock and roll folklore and as one of the elite drummers in the world. Laing is a longtime member for hard rock/heavy metal giant’s Mountain and the blues-rock power trio of West, Bruce & Laing. But Laing’s musical collaborations are seemingly endless. A list that includes alliances with John Lennon, Jack Bruce, Meat Loaf, Noel Redding, Mahogany Rush, Ten Years After, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, Bo Diddley and Gov’t Mule …to name a few. Laing is also a producer and composer.

Corky Laing has recently added a brand new chapter to his illustrious musical career. Laing’s most recent project is a fascinating collaboration with two internationally acclaimed professors (Prof. Matti Häyry and Dr. Tuija Takala) intermingling the decree of genetic engineering with a rock opera music scheme. The concept album entitled … Playing God is performed by the Perfect Child, an incredible ensemble of musicians and singers. At the core of the rock opera is Corky Laing who astounds instrumentally, lyrically and vocally. The album concept is brilliant and the music is colossal. It’s an awe-inspiring rock musical production and a cross between … Welcome to my Nightmare, The Wall and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

For the rest of the bio and the interview, please visit the Examiner.com website!


Mountain Legend Corky Laing And The Perfct Child Perform Original Music From Test: The Rock Opera ‘Playing God’

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Mountain Legend Corky Laing And The Perfct Child Perform Original Music From Test: The Rock Opera ‘Playing God’

London, UK – Mountain meets bioethics! Legendary Mountain drummer Corky Laing teams up with two internationally acclaimed philosophers (Prof. Matti Häyry and Dr. Tuija Takala) in this joint effort that brings together ’70s style music and contemporary moral problems of gene technology.

‘Playing God’ is a concept album. ‘Playing God’ is a musical metaphor for today’s attempt to attain perfection.

Musically the album covers many feels and approaches from soft ballads to riff-driven guitar rock, from meditative instrumentals to operatic melody lines. At its core, the guitar-bass-drums combo is complemented with powerful singing. While Corky Laing, the drummer, is known – and his forceful, innovative and mesmerizing drumming features heavily on the album – ‘Playing God’ also introduces Corky Laing, the singer. There is such strength and depth to his voice that one can only wonder why the world has not, prior to this, known him as the lead singer he is. The main female leads are sang by Maya Paakkari (an entrancing raspy voice from Finland), Bonnie Parker (a wide-ranging singer from the band Tang), and Denny Colt (another voice of power and attitude from Tang). The album also features Eric Schenkman (from Spin Doctors) on guitar. ‘Playing God’ was recorded and produced in Finland and further benefits from the local talent of Finnish musicians, singers, and sound engineers.

While ‘Playing God’ is a rock album, it is also a soundtrack to a rock opera. It takes the listener to tomorrow’s world by introducing the small town of Happyville, where the people have enjoyed the benefits of genetic engineering for years without any thought. There’s a man who sells science and parents seeking to perfect their children, there are difficult choices and the need to find someone to blame when things don’t go to plan. The choices these people are making are not new, it is just that the tools available are more sophisticated. ‘Playing God’ is a study of the human condition. The themes of the rock opera are based on theoretical research, but the practical questions it poses are relevant to us all.

‘Playing God’ is something new. It represents a crossover between academic research and rock. The ethical and philosophical questions raised by modern biotechnologies are made accessible by using rock music as a medium. On the surface, the storylines are easy to follow, but they also lend themselves to deep philosophical questions about the future of humanity.

Just enjoy the music – or allow yourself to be taken on a journey into your own moral convictions. In both cases, you will find something new amidst the familiar.

For further information, please contact:
Tuija Takala
Polite Bystander Productions
politebystander@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/playinggodrocks

‘Playing God’ CD is available at:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/search/product_details/15579/Corky_Laing_and_the_Perfect_Child-Playing_God.html

Corky Laing and the Perfct Child are:

Corky Laing (drums, vocals, percussion, guitar)
Bonnie Parker (bass, vocals)
Denny Colt (guitar, vocals)
Lasse Väyrynen (guitars, guitalele, bass, keyboards, backing vocals)
Matti Häyry (guitars, guitalele, keyboards, vocals)
Tuija Takala (guitar, vocals)
Maya Paakkari (vocals)
Harri Väyrynen (guitar, bass, vocals)
Mikaela Mansikkala (vocals)
Hanna Paatero (backing vocals)

Special Guest: Eric Schenkman (guitar 11, 14)
Appears courtesy of http://www.spindoctors.com

A Polite Bystander Production
Tuija Takala (Executive Producer)
Matti Häyry (Co-Executive Producer)
Corky Laing (Producer, Musical Director)
Lasse Väyrynen (Co-Producer, Studio Engineering)
Artwork and graphic design by Elina Rajala

Original idea for Test: The Rock Opera by:
Matti Häyry, Krista Jaquet, and Tuija Takala
Story adapted and developed to ‘Playing God’ by:
Matti Häyry, Corky Laing, and Tuija Takala

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158 (USA), glassonyonpr@gmail.com