The Music of Cream 50th Anniversary World Tour
Posted: February 28, 2019
The pedigree of Cream—Ginger Baker’s son Kofi Baker, Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm Bruce, and Eric Clapton’s nephew (by marriage) Will Johns—has come together for a multi-media concert experience that pays homage to the extraordinary legacy of the hallowed ‘60s trio. Audiences will enjoy personal stories, never-before-seen footage and photos, and live performances of Cream hits including “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Crossroads,” “Spoonful,” and “White Room.”
CAPA presents The Music of Cream – 50th Anniversary World Tour at the Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.) on Thursday, April 4, at 8 pm. Tickets are $25-$45 and can be purchased in-person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at www.capa.com, or by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.
Cream was a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow and the heavy blues precursor to Hendrix, Zeppelin, and more. 50 years after their earth-shaking debut album, the bloodlines of that hallowed trilogy come together to pay tribute to Cream's legendary four-album reign over the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s. Kofi Baker (son of Ginger) and Malcolm Bruce (son of Jack) unite with Will Johns (Eric's nephew by marriage and son of Zeppelin/Stones/Hendrix engineer Andy) to unleash the lightning that electrified a generation. Feel the fire and the freedom performed by master musicians whose lives have been steeped in the Cream spirit and legacy.
About drummer Kofi Baker
Baker's first performance was with his father, jazz-rock legend Ginger Baker, on live TV at the age of six. He's since played drums for Tom Jones, Jack Bruce, Steve Marriott, and as half of a polyrhythmic powerhouse with his father across Europe in the 1980s. More recently, Baker has played the “Extreme Guitar Tour” with Uli Jon Roth, Vinny Appice, and Vinnie Moore, and joined with Malcolm Bruce to rekindle the spirit of Cream to critical acclaim on stage in the US and UK. His own albums include Lost City and Abstract Logic with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane.
About bassist/vocalist Malcolm Bruce
The son of Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce, Malcolm grew up in the thick of rock royalty and, via the Guildhall School of Music, began performing professionally at 16. As pianist, bassist, guitarist, or engineer, he has shared studios with Little Richard, Elton John, Eric Clapton, and Dr John, and recorded and performed often with his father in the UK, US, and Europe. Recent tours have included 60 dates with Joe Satriani and revisiting the music of Cream with Kofi Baker and Will Johns. Malcolm also toured through Europe and the UK in 2018, in support of his 2017 album, Salvation.
About guitarist/vocalist Will Johns
Encouragement from his uncle Eric Clapton was an auspicious start for teenaged singer/guitarist Will Johns. The son of legendary recording engineer Andy Johns (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin), he has performed with Joe Strummer, Ronnie Wood, Jack Bruce, and Bill Wyman, and most recently, the music of Cream with Malcolm Bruce and Kofi Baker. By several curious twists of the family tree, Johns also counts George Harrison, Mick Fleetwood, and the great rock producer Glyn Johns as uncles. He released three solo albums in 2016—Count on Me, Hooks and Lines, and Something Old, Something New.