The Music of Cream – 50th Anniversary Tour
Ginger Baker. Jack Bruce. Eric Clapton. Cream was a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow and the heavy blues precursor to Hendrix, Zeppelin and so much more.
The fiery union of blues guitar god Eric Clapton and the jazz skewed rhythm section of Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce caused a psychedelic sensation that rang loud from their ’66 debut to their fourth album of ’69, “Goodbye”.
The sad passing of Jack Bruce in October 2014 marked an official end to a legend that gave us “Strange Brew”, “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, “Badge” and definitive, powerhouse versions of trad blues staples such as “Spoonful” and “Crossroads”.
Now, 50 years since their earth-shaking debut album, the bloodlines of that hallowed trilogy come together to pay tribute to Cream’s legendary four-album reign over the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s.
Malcolm BRUCE (son of Jack) and Kofi BAKER (son of Ginger) unite with Will Johns (nephew of Eric and son of Zeppelin/ Stones engineer Andy) to unleash the lightning that electrified a generation — with special guests “The Voice of Rock”, stunning bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE), and one of the finest guitarists in the world, Robben Ford (L.A. EXPRESS and collaborated with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton and Kiss. Named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician magazine).
“Spoonful”, “Strange Brew”, “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, “Crossroads” and “Badge” will be performed by master musicians whose lives have been steeped in the Cream spirit and legacy.
This is a very special concert tour that celebrates the most innovative and explosive supergroup of all time, in the hands of those that knew them best.
The son of Cream singer-bassist Jack Bruce, Malcolm grew up in the thick of rock royalty and, via the Guildhall School of Music, began performing professionally at 16. As pianist, bassist, guitarist or engineer he has shared studios with Little Richard, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Dr John, and recorded and performed often with his father in the UK, US and Europe. Recent tours have included 60 dates with Joe Satriani and revisiting the music of Cream with Kofi Baker and Will Johns. Malcolm will launch his debut solo album, Salvation, as opening act on the Music Of Cream NZ tour.
Kofi’s first performance was with his father, jazz-rock legend Ginger Baker, on live TV at the age of six. He’s since played drums behind Tom Jones, Jack Bruce, Steve Marriott, and as half of a polyrhythmic powerhouse with his father across Europe in the 1980s. More recently, Kofi has played the Extreme Guitar Tour with Uli Jon Roth, Vinny Appice and Vinnie Moore, and joined with Malcolm Bruce to rekindle the spirit of Cream to critical acclaim on stage in US and UK. His own albums include Lost City and Abstract Logic, with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane.
Encouragement from his uncle Eric Clapton was an auspicious start for teenaged singer-guitarist Will Johns. The son of legendary recording engineer Andy Johns (the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin), he has since performed with Joe Strummer, Ronnie Wood, Jack Bruce and Bill Wyman, and most recently the music of Cream with Malcolm Bruce and Kofi Baker. By several curious twists of the family tree, Will also counts George Harrison, Mick Fleetwood and the great rock producer Glyn Johns as uncles. The Will Johns Band has released three albums — Count On Me, Hooks and Lines and Something Old, Something New — since 2009.
Glenn Hughes – DEEP PURPLE
The distinction of historic stints with seminal hard rock acts Deep Purple AND Black Sabbath only begins to describe Glenn Hughes’ six decades in the blues-rock maelstrom.
With a voice that is legendary and a bass guitarist of rare invention, the UK rock legend has recorded with artists as diverse as Gary Moore and the KLF, and held his corner of virtuosic supergroup Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa and Jason Bonham since 2009.
Glenn was hugely inspired the music of CREAM and Jack Bruce, with whom he collaborated on a number of occasions.
Last year saw the release of his 14th solo album, “Resonate”. His autobiography, “Scenes From the Life of a Rock’n’Roll Star”, contains a foreword by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. Say no more.
Robben Ford – L.A. EXPRESS, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton and Kiss
Robben is absolutely and without doubt one of the finest guitarists in the world. Blues, Jazz and Rock – he masters all genres. He was a member of the L.A.Express and has collaborated with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton and Kiss. He was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician magazine.
“Cream was high on the list of the most important bands that I was exposed to growing up in the ’60s, and even today I feel the influence as strongly as ever. I’m happy to be a part of these concerts spearheaded by the very bloodline of the bands inception, with Malcolm Bruce, Kofi Baker and Will Jones as well as the great Glenn Hughes who brings with him the living
tradition of that unequalled period in music which Cream practically dominated for two years. It’s going to be good, people!” Robben Ford