Almost 35 years after blues rock supergroup West, Bruce and Laing disbanded, the group is reuniting for a limited tour run in January 2010.
This time around, however, original band members Leslie West and Corky Laing will be joined by bassist Malcolm Bruce, who of course replaces his father Jack Bruce. As the story goes, West and Laing had been looking to reform the band for some time, but Bruce has been unavailable. Soon after completing a Mountain tour in support of Joe Satriani, Malcolm Bruce contacted the two members and reunion was soon on its way.
When discussing the switch, guitarist West and drummer Laing had nothing but good things to say about Bruce’s son.
West said, “Playing with Jack Bruce was the thrill of a lifetime. Playing with his son Malcolm has given Corky and me, a second chance to recreate this music.” Laing added, “As a hockey-loving Canadian, I can liken it to this?I feel like I am scoring a Hat Trick. After playing with Felix Pappalardi and Jack Bruce and now with Malcolm Bruce, I feel like the game is just beginning.”
It’s been 37 years since the legendary blues group released its 1972 debut album, Why Dontcha. Combining the talents of Mountain (West/Laing) and Cream (Bruce), the band was a critical and commercial sensation. They released one more studio album, Whatever Turns You One, before going their separate ways in 1974.
The band’s limited tour consists of four dates on the east coast in the end of January.
West, Bruce Jr., & Laing 2010 Tour Dates:
01/28 – Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
01/29 – Westbury, NY @ Capital One Theatre at Westbury
01/30 – Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theatre
01/31 – Collingswood, NJ @ Scottish Rite Auditorium