[Slowhand] More Cream -- On Behalf of Sista-Susan....

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Wed Feb 8 01:16:57 EST 2006

British rock group Cream to play more reunion shows
By Dean Goodman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Legendary rock trio Cream, which reunited last year
for a handful of concerts in London and New York after a bitter break-up in
1968, has scheduled more shows, bassist and singer Jack Bruce said on Tuesday.
But don't expect a world tour. Rather, Bruce told Reuters that he, guitarist
Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker will set up camp in select cities for
multiple dates, just as they did last year.
"What we feel is that it's so special, and also so emotionally draining that
it's not something we could do every day," he said. "We will play more, but
where and when I'm not at liberty to say."
He declined to say when an official announcement might be made, joking that
he would "get chopped" if he said anything.
Bruce, 62, was speaking hours before Cream was due to receive a lifetime
achievement Grammy during a ceremony also honoring rocker David Bowie, country
singer Merle Haggard, opera diva Jessye Norman, folk group the Weavers, late
bluesman Robert Johnson and recently deceased comedian Richard Pryor.
Bruce, flying in from his farm in Britain, was set to be the group's sole
representative. He said Clapton, 60, had other commitments, while it was
impractical for Baker, 66, to leave his farm in South Africa.
All three did show up in Los Angeles 13 years ago when Cream was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, burying their differences long enough to
play three songs, including their hit "Sunshine of Your Love," for a black-tie
Then they went their separate ways until last year, when they reunited for fo
ur lucrative shows at London's Royal Albert Hall, the scene of their farewell
concert on November 26, 1968, and then three at New York's Madison Square
In its first iteration, the band lasted a little over two years, brewing a
potent mix of blues and psychedelia that paved the way for hard rock. But Baker
and Bruce fought bitterly, leaving Clapton to play the thankless role of
Cream cultivated the tensions, churning out four albums, and rock-radio
staples such as "Sunshine of Your Love" and "White Room." But the group's demise
was inevitable.
Bruce said he is less explosive in his old age, and the band knows better how
to handle problems, but there remains an underlying, brotherly tension with
Baker. On the other hand, he described Clapton as "the most beautiful,
kindest, most understanding guy that I've come across."

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