An Evening for Jack

An evening in memory of Jack Bruce

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Mon, 24/10/2016

A Celebration of the Life and Music of Jack Bruce.

On Tuesday 25 October a host of legendary musicians will perform at a unique concert celebrating the life and music of the legendary musician Jack Bruce. Taking place at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the date marks the two year anniversary since the passing of the hugely influential Cream bassist.

Legendary rock drummer and a founder member of Cream, Ginger Baker will perform. Considered one of the greatest drummers of all time, Baker played with Cream and later Blind Faith, Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated and the Graham Bond Organisation.

Also performing will be the brilliant fusion-drummer Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra), famed for his open-handed playing style, he recorded and toured with Bruce in the 1980s. Steve Hackett, the widely influential musician, singer and songwriter, who gained prominence as lead guitarist with Genesis in the 1970s. Scottish singer-songwriter, Eddi Reader (MBE) of 1980s Fairground Attraction. Joining an all-star line-up is rock and blues guitarist Bernie Marsden, best known for his work and song-writing with Whitesnake.

“This show will be a chronological musical journey through my dad’s musical career” says Malcolm Bruce, son of Jack and co-director of the show with long-term Cream collaborator, Pete Brown. “We’ll be starting from the early years with the Alexis Korner and Graham Bond era, moving through the Cream era, to his many solo records with a nod to some of the other important collaborations during his lifetime.”

Proceeds raised from the evening will be donated to Nordoff Robbins and East Anglian Children’s Hospices.

Cream was the seminal 1960s band that Bruce formed with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, whom along with co-writer Pete Brown, penned many of their songs, including one of the most spine-tingling riffs of all time, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, to ‘I Feel Free’ and ‘White Room’. They sold millions of records during their four-album career, with a host of other artists covering Bruce’s songs from Jimi Hendrix to David Bowie, and his huge lasting influence lives on in many more. Pete Brown continued to work as lyricist with Bruce throughout his lifetime, collaborating for almost 50 years from those early days with Cream, right through to Jack’s final studio album, Silver Rails  (March 2014). 

After Cream split in 1968, Bruce went on to enjoy enormous success with 14 solo studio albums, several jazz and blues fusion releases and many collaborations, as well as touring as a member of Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, and several collaborations with Gary Moore. Cream reformed for the 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony and again for a four-night stand at the Royal Albert Hall in 2005 and Madison Square Garden in New York.

Tickets are on sale now through ticketweb.co.uk

Full line-up includes Ginger Baker (Cream), Billy Cobham (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction), Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Dennis Chambers, Jeff Berlin, Corky Laing, Clem Clempson, Gary ‘Mudbone’ Cooper, Chris Spedding, Maya Sage, Iain ‘Nico’ Bruce, and Kofi Baker.