Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love

Cream – Sunshine Of Your Love

In February 2006, Cream received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their contribution to, and influence upon, modern music.

That same month, a “Classic Albums” DVD was released detailing the story behind the creation and recording of Disraeli Gears. On the day prior to the Grammy ceremony, Bruce made a public statement that more one-off performances of Cream had been planned: multiple dates in a few cities, similar to the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden shows.

However, this story was refuted by both Clapton and Baker, first by Clapton in a Times article from April 2006. The article stated that when asked about Cream, Clapton said: “No. Not for me. We did it and it was fun. But life is too short. I’ve got lots of other things I would rather do, including staying at home with my kids.

The thing about that band was that it was all to do with its limits … it was an experiment.” In an interview in the UK magazine Music Mart, about the release of a DVD about the Blind Faith concert in Hyde Park 1969, Baker commented about his unwillingness to continue the Cream reunion.

These comments were far more specific and explosive than Clapton’s, as they were centred around his relationship with Jack Bruce. Ginger said, “When he’s Dr. Jekyll, he’s fine … It’s when he’s Mr. Hyde that he’s not. And I’m afraid he’s still the same. I tell you this there won’t ever be any more Cream gigs, because he did Mr. Hyde in New York last year.”

When asked to elaborate, Baker replied: “Oh, he shouted at me on stage, he turned his bass up so loud that he deafened me on the first gig. What he does is that he apologises and apologises, but I’m afraid, to do it on a Cream reunion gig, that was the end.

He killed the magic, and New York was like 1968 … It was just a get through the gig, get the money sort of deal. I was absolutely amazed. I mean, he demonstrated why he got the sack from Graham Bond and why Cream didn’t last very long on stage in New York.

I didn’t want to do it in the first place simply because of how Jack was. I have worked with him several times since Cream, and I promised myself that I would never work with him again. When Eric first came up with the idea, I said no, and then he phoned me up and eventually convinced me to do it.

I was on my best behaviour and I did everything I could to make things go as smooth as possible, and I was really pleasant to Jack.” Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce would reunite on stage in London when Baker was awarded a lifetime achievement award by Zildjian.

Jack Bruce told Detroit’s WCSX radio station in May 2007 that there were plans for a Cream reunion later in the year. It was later revealed that the potential performance was to be November 2007 London as a tribute to Ahmet Ertegün.

The band decided against it and this was confirmed by Bruce in a letter to the editor of the Jack Bruce fanzine, The Cuicoland Express, dated 26 September 2007:

Dear Marc,
We were going to do this tribute concert for Ahmet when it was to be at the Royal Albert Hall but decided to pass when it was moved to the O2 Arena and seemed to be becoming overly commercial.

The headlining act for the O2 Arena Ertegun tribute show (postponed to December 2007) turned out to be another reunited English hard-rock act, Led Zeppelin.

In an interview with BBC 6 Music in April 2010, Bruce confirmed that there would be no more Cream shows. He said: “Cream is over”.

On 25 October 2014, Bruce died of liver disease in Suffolk, England at the age of 71, quelling any opportunity for another Cream reunion.

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