Bringing back the music of Cream

Aug 17th, 2018 | By | Category: Arts & Entertainment

(Y@H) Following their successful inaugural tour across Australia and New Zealand in 2017, the pedigree of hallowed ‘60s trio Cream – Ginger Baker’s son Kofi, Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm and Eric Clapton’s nephew, by marriage, Will Johns –  have come together for the first time in North America to pay homage to the band’s extraordinary legacy with The Music of Cream  – 50th Anniversary World Tour.  It kicks off on Sept. 28 and will span 34 cities throughout North America this fall,  marking 50 years since the original lineup’s farewell U.S. tour of 1968.

Having received rave reviews in Australia and New Zealand from the media and fans alike, The Music of Cream  – 50th Anniversary World Tour is primed to take over North America and celebrate the music and legacy their family members created. Prepare to hear personal stories and songs such as Sunshine of Your Love, Crossroads, Spoonful and White Room performed across a comprehensive set, which will also see Baker (drums), Bruce (bass, vocals) and Johns (guitar, vocals) interplay with footage of their fathers and mentors on the big screen, along with never-before-seen footage and photos. This multi-media concert experience has been specially created for The 50thAnniversary Tour, providing some of rock’s most memorable moments with a new lease on life.

“We had such an amazing response to our first tour in Australia and New Zealand that we’ve spent some considerable time adding to the show,” says Bruce. “Now, we not only have this amazing legacy of music to play, but an opportunity to share some wonderful insights and stories with our audience … a backstage pass like no other, if you will.”

“We also have a few surprises in store that we know people are going to really respond to, so we can’t wait to be on the road again playing these shows across North America this fall,” says Baker.

The tour’s run of shows in Australia and New Zealand, which featured special guests Glenn Hughes and Robben Ford, received rave reviews. The Rockpit noted, “Eric, Ginger and Jack (if looking down on us) would be proud. This is an exceptional night of wonderful music,” with The Music adding, “The Music of Cream were not trying to emulate their free-spirited forefathers … this was purely about celebrating the legendary music.” Elsewhere, Ambient Light said, “The trio took turns supporting one-another with bluesy riffs and bursting out in energetic solos. Be it through Baker’s pounding bursts during Sitting on the Top of the World, Bruce’s jazzy climbs throughout Politician, or the shreds and wails of Johns in Deserted Cities, the group had the audience eating out of the palm of their hands.”

During its short lifespan, Cream was an explosive musical cocktail that provided the super-group blueprint for others to follow. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), was the world’s first platinum-selling double album, and collectively they sold more than 15 million copies of their albums worldwide. Not surprisingly, Rolling Stone ranked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group (inducted in 1993) as 67th in their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list.

Apart from an equally brief reunion in 2005 of seven shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Madison Square Garden, Cream retained an almost mythological status in the music world, right up until the passing of Jack Bruce in 2014. This, for many fans, marked the end of an era and an acceptance that there would never really be another opportunity to celebrate the group’s legacy. That is, until The Music of Cream  – 50th Anniversary World Tour hit Australia and New Zealand last year.

Now, the trio of Baker, Bruce and Johns are looking forward to inspiring and re-igniting North America with their very own celebration of a musical legacy that runs through their veins.

Leave a Comment