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15 November 2012

Rachel Atkinson

Drumming legend Laurence ‘Corky’ Laing wowed UCLan crowd

A drumming legend has shared his career highlights and showed off his skills at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Laurence ‘Corky’ Laing, the world-famous drummer from Mountain, entertained students and staff with his Best Seat in the House show on the Preston Campus.

Corky chronicled more than 40 years in the music business and exhibited his percussive skills. He then took part in question and answer session on his career and experience with a packed crowd.

“It is really quite special to have someone of this stature from the rock music industry at UCLan to tell his story”

Dr Niall Scott, who has published material and spoken on heavy metal, said: “It is really quite special to have someone of this stature from the rock music industry at UCLan to tell his story. It is simply wonderful that he flew over from recording time in Helsinki just for this one-off event.”

Having received dozens of gold records, Corky was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009, and has worked and recorded with artists such as Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne, Voivod, the Allman Brothers and Meatloaf.

Corky entertaining the audience with his drumming skills

“It is simply wonderful that he flew over from recording time in Helsinki just for this one-off event”

The event, which was funded by the School of Education and Social Science’s Student Experience Employability and Retention Committee, was put together in conjunction with the MA in Music Production programme.