October is going to be a mighty fine month for Cream fans as there’s going to be an 18-date tour of the UK in celebration of their work, including a stop off at CHALK LIVE (formally known as The Haunt) in Brighton on the 10th.
Kofi Baker, Malcolm Bruce and Will Johns will be bringing the legacy back to life, in an immersive multi-media experience show of electrifying live music, inter-played with archive footage of the original band, unseen interviews and personal anecdotes from the trio of growing up with the legends who were Cream.
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 Hendrix, Zeppelin and so much more. Fifty years since 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 1960’s. 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 sound that roused a generation. Feel the fire and the freedom of ‘Spoonful’, ‘Strange Brew’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘White Room’, ‘Crossroads’ and ‘Badge’ —performed by the next generation of Cream, master musicians in their own right whose lives have been steeped in the Cream spirit and legacy.
‘The Music of Cream’ is a once-In-a-lifetime concert salute to the most innovative and explosive supergroup of all time, in the hands of those that knew them best. In a new multimedia experience, watch with awe as Kofi and Malcolm interplay live with their fathers on the big screen; as classic moments in rock history with Clapton are brought back to life by his nephew Will Johns. The band will share personal insights and stories, complete with rare, unseen family footage and photographs. This is a truly immersive experience for Cream lovers. Intimate & unique performed by close family members of the original band, who are born and bred into skilled musicianship.
Further information on ‘The Music Of Cream’ HERE.
Let’s meet the musicians……
Kofi Baker (drums)
As the son of the legendary Ginger Baker, Kofi has a name synonymous with drumming excellence. He first performed live with Ginger on the iconic BBC TV show, ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’, proving at 6 years of age that he had inherited his father’s talents.
He has played drums behind Jack Bruce, John Lennon and Steve Marriott, and as half of a poly-rhythmic powerhouse with his father across Europe and the US over the years. More recently Kofi played and toured with Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Vinny Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath), Vinnie Moore (UFO), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion) Rick Derringer, Corky Laing and Robben Ford.
He joined Malcolm Bruce and Will Johns for the inaugural Music of Cream 50th Anniversary Tour in Australia and New Zealand in 2017, playing to almost 8000 people over 7 nights, with special guests, Glenn Hughes and Robben Ford.
His own albums include ‘Lost City’ and ‘Abstract Logic’, with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane. More info at www.kofibaker.com
Kofi is passionate about maintaining a fit physique, he works out for 1 hour a day, every day, mostly weight training. He takes his own portable kitchen on the road to ensure he can steam broccoli after every show, often with some eggs and chicken breast. He has a very strict diet for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Malcolm Bruce (bass & vocals)
The son of Cream singer and bassist, Jack Bruce, is a composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and engineer. Malcolm grew up in the thick of rock royalty and, via the Guildhall School of Music, began performing professionally at 16 years of age.
He has shared studios and appeared on recordings with Little Richard, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Dr John and Joe Bonamassa, and recorded and performed with his father in the UK, US and Europe.
He joined Kofi Baker and Will Johns for the inaugural Music of Cream 50th Anniversary Tour in Australia and New Zealand in 2017, playing to almost 8000 people over 7 nights, with special guests Glemn Hughes and Robben Ford.
Malcolm launched his debut solo album ‘Salvation’ in 2017 and toured the UK and US. He is currently working on his next album release. Work is also underway on his first opera, ‘King You’s Folly’. More info at www.malcolmbrucemusic.com
Malcolm is a vegan and practices Transcendental Meditation and yoga. When not on stage he can typically be found in a solitary space seated in Lotus position.
Will Johns (guitar & vocals)
Encouragement at an early age from his then Uncle, Eric Clapton, was an auspicious start for teenage singer and guitarist, Will Johns. Being the son of legendary recording engineer and producer Andy Johns (The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix), and nephew of fellow legendary producer Glyn Johns, (The Who, Eric Clapton, The Eagles), has also had a huge impact on Will’s career, as did having the late George Harrison as an uncle when he married Will’s Aunty Pattie. Mick Fleetwood counts as yet another famous uncle.
Will has performed with Joe Strummer, Ronnie Wood, Jack Bruce, Dennis Chambers, Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman. He joined Malcolm Bruce and Kofi Baker for the inaugural Music of Cream 50th Anniversary Tour in Australia and New Zealand in 2017, playing to almost 8000 people over 7 nights, with special guests, Glenn Hughes and Robben Ford.
Will has released three solo albums: ‘Count On Me’, ‘Hooks & Lines’ and most recently ‘Something Old, Something New’ which gained multiple awards and nominations in The British Blues Awards. More info at www.willjohns.com Will also loves fishing!
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