[Slowhand] Bruce: Cream Reuniting Again In 2007

Art Arias artaarias at yahoo.com
Fri May 25 08:57:36 EDT 2007


Bruce: Cream Reuniting Again In 2007

Jack Bruce says Cream is once again rising to the top. The bassist for the
legendary rock group told the Associated Press today (May 24) that he agreed
recently to play an unspecified show or shows later this year with guitarist
Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.

Bruce would not say when the reunion would occur, but that it would not be
the seven-continent Live Earth shows on July 7: "It's a bit later than
that," he said.

Bruce recently told the Scotsman newspaper there was no chance the band
would reunite because of long-standing tension between him and Baker. "Then,
the next day, it came up we're doing something if I wanted to. Obviously,
I'm not going to be the one to say no," Bruce told the AP during an
appearance at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.

Representatives for Clapton and Baker have not confirmed the reunion.

Infighting and ego clashes between Baker and Bruce go back decades, with
Baker once firing his drum sticks at Bruce during a show and Bruce upending
Baker's drum kit.

Clapton persuaded Bruce and Baker to reunite in 2005 after a 37-year split.
But the ill will resurfaced, with Baker accusing Bruce of turning up his
bass to deafening levels during a Madison Square Garden show, and Clapton
appeared uncomfortable on stage.

However, Bruce played those 2005 shows about a year after receiving a liver
transplant that kept him alive. He hopes another Cream reunion would be less
physically and mentally stressful. "I hadn't recovered properly yet, so I
found it quite difficult," Bruce said. "Now I'm completely recovered so I
would enjoy it more."

Bruce made an infrequent performance today, playing Cream's "Sunshine of
Your Love" and "White Room" with former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, Bad
Company drummer Simon Kirke and Queen keyboardist Spike Edney before about
75 spectators at the Fantasy Camp. Bruce also played Cream songs with the
camp's amateur bands, composed of about 50 rock fans who paid upward of
$15,000 each for the privilege.



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