The Music of Cream 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring members of the blues-rock band’s dynasty with special guests, will tour in Australia and New Zealand in May and June. The line-up features Malcolm Bruce and Kofi Baker, sons of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker respectively; Eric Clapton’s nephew Will Johns, also the son of famed producer Andy Johns; rock figurehead and former Deep Purple frontman Glenn Hughes and Grammy-nominated guitarist Robben Ford.
The show celebrates the 50th anniversary of Cream’s all-too-brief heyday via the bloodlines of Messrs Bruce, Clapton and Baker. Malcolm Bruce began performing professionally at 16 and has played, and worked in the studio, with Clapton, Little Richard, Elton John and Dr John. He also performed and recorded many times with his father and was the musical director of last October’s An Evening For Jack tribute show in London.
Kofi Baker made his performance debut with his father on live television when he was just six. He’s played drums behind Bruce, Tom Jones and Steve Marriott and, with Ginger, formed a polyrhythmic powerhouse duo that played across Europe in the 1980s. He also played the Extreme Guitar Tour with Uli Jon Roth, Vinny Appice and Vinnie Moore.
Johns, as he remarks in the above clip, learned his first riff (for ‘Crossroads’) from his uncle Eric Clapton and has since played with Bruce, Joe Strummer, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman, releasing three albums of his own with the Will Johns Band. Coming from notable rock stock, he also counts George Harrison and Mick Fleetwood among his uncles.
More information about the tour can be found at www.musicofcream.com, and the dates are as follows:
23 May Melbourne Hamer Hall
25 May Sydney State Theatre
26 May Perth Concert Hall
29 MayBrisbane QPAC Concert Hall
31 May Wellington Opera House
1 June Christchurch Isaac Theatre Royal
2 June Auckland ASB Theatre