Fred Coury is best known as the drummer for the glam metal band Cinderella.
Coury lists Neil Peart, Peter Criss, Bobby Blotzer, John Bonham, Eric Carr, Tommy Lee and Tommy Aldridge as his drumming inspirations.
The early years
At age 5, Coury started taking violin lessons. At age 6 he participated in his first public performance. Between the ages of 7 and 9 he studied at the Beirut Conservatory of Music in Beirut, Lebanon. At age 10 he added the trumpet to his repertoire. Finally, at age 12 he started to play the drums. By the age of 13 he was playing local bars with Sunjammer.
The professional years
Coury has played in other bands including London. In 1991, Coury left Cinderella and joined Stephen Pearcy of Ratt to form Arcade. He also briefly substituted for Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler in December 1987 when health issues forced Adler off the road. Coury re-joined Cinderella after Arcade folded. In the summer of 2006, Coury and Cinderella joined Poison on a joint 20th anniversary tour. Coury also filled in for Rikki Rockett during Poison’s slot on the Comstock Rock Festival on July 15, 2009 due to the fact that Rikki had a newborn baby the day before.
Coury spends his time in Los Angeles in his recording studio Double Forte Music composing and performing music for television. He also composes music, including the goal song for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. Fred is the primary composer for NBC’s hit series The Night Shift.