Cream have cancelled plans for a reunion tour because Ginger Baker "upset" Eric Clapton, according to Jack Bruce.
In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Jack Bruce revealed that the band were ready to return to play together. "Everybody had agreed about doing it," the bassist and blues singer revealed, "but then I think Ginger upset Eric. He said something or did something, so it's not happening."
Cream released four albums between 1966 and 1969 and combined record sales of those albums are in excess of 15 million copies. They also played a series of US gigs with support from Irish blues trio Taste, who were led by the late Rory Gallagher and had a similar sound.
"It's like I don't have anything to do with them actually very much," Jack Bruce said of his two former band-mates, guitarist/singer Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.
"Ginger, from what I've heard, is a bitter old man, " said Bruce. "And I'm quite a cheerful old chap." Some bitterness was aired in the recent documentary, Beware of Mr Baker, which is a revealing portrait of the talented but mercurial drummer.
Whatever about current offence on the part of Mr Clapton, Baker has always been regarded as an immensely-gifted musician by his former bandmate, as he readily acknowledges in Beware of Mr Baker.
Cream reformed to play at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. The band also played a sell-out series of concerts in New York and London in 2005. “And it was nice to have that little comeback, “ Bruce told Rolling Stone. “For me, that was just about right."