A Cinderella Story

By Haley Burton

August 16, 2011 Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 5:39 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Johnson City native Fred Coury is the drummer for the mega-platinum 80's heavy metal band, Cinderella.

They're currently on tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album, Night Songs.

Cinderella played at Tags in Big Flats on Sunday. Action News caught up with Coury to talk about his incredible career.

"I always wanted to be a hockey player. I got on the JC Hockey team because my mom bought the uniforms. I was just never a great hockey player, so I went to hockey camp to get better" said Coury.

"While I was there I went to see the Who and I came home and said, Mom, I'm going to be a rock star that's what I want to do," he said.

Fred Coury grew up in Johnson City. He went to Theodore Roosevelt School and then Johnson City High School.

Coury got into music at the young age of five. At 13, when hockey didn't work out, he traded the hockey stick for the drum sticks.

"JC high school was awesome. Wildcats! We had so much fun. A lot of those friends are still my friends. I played in a band in high school, SunJammer, " he said.

Coury packed up his drum set and left the Southern Tier for Los Angeles, CA.

"My mom's sister lived out there and she said alright, I'll send you out with your aunt and you can see what happens out there," he said.

At 17, he scored a spot playing for Ozzy Osbourne in Europe and a gig in LA with club legends London.

After, Coury made a call to current Kiss drummer Eric Singer. It was a call that would change his life.

"I called him out of the blue and said, "Is anyone looking for a drummer?" And he said "yeah there's this band Cinderella", he explained.

"I called the record company they sent me a demo, said learn four of the ten songs in a week and we'll see what happens. I called them the next day I said I'm ready and they said you did four songs in a day, and I said no ten, I got the whole record ready," said Coury.

A week, later he got the gig. That was twenty five years ago and the rest is history.

Cinderella has sold more than 15 million albums nationwide and rocked out on 10 tours.

But of all the places Coury played, he says one is the most special to him. The gig at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton in 1987, opening for David Lee Roth.

"I've played Madison Square Garden, the forum in LA, and the arena was the crown jewel to me. Of course you want to play your hometown arena, and that was awesome, I'll never forget that," Coury said.

Coury and Cinderella will be back on the road finishing up the Tour in mid-September.

The 44-year old also composes music, including the goal song for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. He also does work for CBS and Fox.

Coury's mother still lives in Johnson City. After Sunday's show in Big Flats, Coury said he planned to spend four days in the Southern Tier with his family.