[Slowhand] Ginger Baker to enter Zildjian hall of fame

John Mills turbineltd at btconnect.com
Fri Oct 3 11:17:09 EDT 2008

Ginger Baker to enter Zildjian hall of fame

Cream drummer to perform live at UK event
Rhythm, Fri 3 Oct, 2:03 pm BST

To celebrate its 385th anniversary (yes, really - 385th), cymbal-maker
Zildjian has announced details of The Zildjian Drummers Achievement Awards.
The event will take place at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on Sunday 7

Honoured at the event - proudly sponsored by MusicRadar's sister magazine,
Rhythm - will be drumming legend Ginger Baker. Baker, who shot to fame in
the '60s with Cream, will be joining the Zildjian hall of fame and
performing live at the event, joined onstage by Cream sidekick Jack Bruce
and African legend Tony Allen.

Some more of the world's greatest drummers will be attending too, among them
Simon Phillips, Steve White and Keith Carlock who'll be laying down a night
of rock 'n' roll beats and unforgettable riffs.
Zildjian's Achievement awards have been run twice before (in 1998 and 2003),
but this years' event will be the first time the awards have been run in the
UK. Previous honourees include Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones and Steve Gadd, for
making "extraordinary contributions to the art of drum set playing and to
music itself".

Ginger Baker enters the Zildjian hall of fame after having changed the face
of British blues-rock in the '60s with Cream. Baker, alongside bandmates
Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, went on to receive five gold albums and were
one of the first ever bands to attain a platinum disc. His flamboyant
performances and pioneering use of two bass drums instead of one raised the
bar for rock drummers worldwide.

In 1969, Baker left Cream with bandmate Eric Clapton to form Blind Faith
with Rick Grech and Steve Winwood, and later went on to release his own
material including Ginger Baker's Air Force.
Cream re- formed in 2005 and packed arenas around the world to huge critical

For ticket information, visit the Shepherds Bush Empire website.
You can book tickets at TicketWeb or call the Box Office on 0844 477 2000.
For more information on the event itself, visit Zildjian385.com.

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