“Corky Laing Plays Mountain” will be performing in Madison at the High Noon Saloon for a 4th of July rock ‘n roll firecracker of a concert. On the evening of Friday, June 30th on WORT’s “The Rattlesnake Shake” program D.J. el Serpentine was joined by rock luminary, drummer Corky Laing, for a live telephone interview. This was a fun, engaging, informative and entertaining conversation with a true rock ‘n roll legend, and you can hear the entire interview at the link above.
Laing, a native of Montreal, Quebec, rose to rock music and popular culture prominence in 1969 when he joined Mountain, fronted by guitarist Leslie West and bass player Felix Pappalardi. With Mountain, Laing recorded several albums, and is featured on the Top 25 hit single “Mississippi Queen”. Mountain also played the Woodstock Music And Art Fair on Saturday, August 16, 1969… only their third gig as a band. Corky Laing was not at Woodstock, but he has 2 gold records from the Woodstock album soundtrack, so that made for an interesting story!
In 1973 Laing recorded two studio albums with the blues-rock power-trio West, Bruce, & Laing, which found the two Mountain members Leslie West and Corky Laing collaborating with legendary Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce. Corky Laing has also worked with John Cale, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, Levon Helm, Noel Redding, The Ink Spots, Bo Diddley, and Mahogany Rush.
About D.J. el Serpentine: Host of “The Rattlesnake Shake”, every first Thursday of the month from 11pm-2am (part of “The Vinyl Resting Place” tradition), and every 5th Friday of the month, from 8-11pm (part of the “Friday On My Mind” series) on WORT 89.9 FM in Madison, WI. D.J. el Serpentine explores the wildest kingdoms of all untamed rock music that jumps genres and spans the decades.