Sons and nephew of Cream celebrate band’s 50th anniversary at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Oct. 14
From a press release:
50 years since the debut album of Cream, the bloodlines of that hallowed trio of musicians will come together to pay tribute to Cream’s legendary music in a world tour that comes to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.
Tickets, which are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, go on sale this Friday, May 18 at 11 a.m. and will be available at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.
Ginger Baker. Jack Bruce. Eric Clapton.
Cream was a chemical explosion like no other, the blueprint for every supergroup to follow and the heavy blues precursor to Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and so much more. Five decades since their earth-shaking debut album, “Fresh Cream,” the children and family members of that legendary trilogy will 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) will unite with Will Johns (nephew of Eric and son of Zeppelin/Rolling Stones/Hendrix engineer Andy Johns) to unleash the lightning that electrified a generation. Feel the fire and the freedom of “Spoonful,” “Strange Brew,” “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” “Crossroads,” and “Badge” performed by master musicians whose lives have been steeped in the Cream spirit and legacy.
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime multi-media concert salute to the most innovative and explosive supergroup of all time, in the hands of those who knew them best. Watch as they interplay live with their fathers on the big screen – classic moments in rock history brought back to life. Listen as they share personal insights and stories, complete with rare, yet-to-be-seen family footage and photographs.
Kofi Baker’s first performance was with his father, jazz rock legend Ginger Baker, on live television at the age of 6. He has since played drums behind 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 United States and the United Kingdom. His own albums include “Lost City” and “Abstract Logic” with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane.
The son of Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce, Malcolm Bruce 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 U.K., U.S., and Europe. His recent tours have included 60 dates with Joe Satriani and revisiting the music of Cream with Kofi Baker and Will Johns. Malcolm’s new album, “Salvation,” is now firmly released, and he is touring in support through Europe and the U.K. in 2018.
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 since performed with Joe Strummer, Ronnie Wood, Jack Bruce, 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 has released three solo albums: “Count on Me,” “Hooks and Lines,” and “Something Old, Something New” between 2009 and 2016.