Entries for April through June 2005
LOCATION: Leicester, UK
Time: 6:24:33 AM
Hey Jack, so good to hear u have made a good recovery from last years op.!!! I did see u In Brixton with Ginger & Gary in '96 - took me Dad with me. I was born in'68, he can remember the tunes u played that night - LOL. U R an amazing musician & so glad that ur back cats r being released with diff mixes on. I have all vinyl releases except Automatic & Jet Set Jewel (never seen in 2nd had record shops!). I still think the time u spent with Leslie & Corky u did 3 fine albums. Had the pleasure of seeing Mountain in 2002, talking 2 Leslie & Corky. Plz after the Cream tour, try Leslie & Corky for a reunion. So sorry to hear the sad news of Dick Heckstall-Smith, a very sad loss, but his music will live 4 ever on. Enjoy yourselfs in May & release the concert & DVD ASAP please. Take care PAUL
Time: 2:52:07 PM
Not to be nosey - but must it be all Hartke? - you're never going to get that nostalgia tone out of them - paper cone or no.
Give the world a sonic 'n visual thrill and start with 2 separate stacks of vintage Marshalls - then wheel them out and the Harkes in for the duration.
I've sat a few times directly [like an idiot] in front of your most current Hartke stacks at full bore and notwithstanding their obvious advantages and power - they are too fuckin' low especially with the EB1 (which gets buried anyway with only a bass pickup to sing with).
So fuck the EB3, but mind your Marshalls.
Hugs 'n Squeezes,
Time: 9:51:32 PM
I think cream should come to the states on their tour, they rock.
NAME: Pete and Nancy K
LOCATION: Connecticut USA
Time: 5:21:50 PM
Dear Jack, hope all is well with your health. My wife and I have been fans for 38 years and we appreciate your music. Thanks so much. We were fortunate to get tickets for the Cream concert May 6th and are looking forward to seeing you guys together again. Last time live was 1968 at the Oakdale in Wallingford Connecticut. Looking forward to the trip. Regards, Pete and Nancy
NAME: Ed Bertoli
LOCATION: Fonthill ON Canada
Time: 8:58:46 PM
As a lifelong fan, I just wanted to send you a note to let you know how much I've appreciated your work over the years. I was listening to "Theme From an Imaginary Western" the other day - and I was transfixed!
Keep on rockin'
NAME: Dennis Lawrenson
LOCATION: Wallabi Point
Time: 2:21:01 AM
Really looking forward to the trip to UK and attending the Tuesday 3/5/2005 concert.My first overseas trip. Just enquirying apart from Grant Scales and my self are there any other Ozzies making the pilgrimage ? Feel free to contact me if you are and we can catch up over there.
NAME: ERIC COLLINS
LOCATION: TUCSON ,ARIZONA USA
Time: 11:19:53 AM
THANKS MR.BRUCE FOR YOUR BRILLIANT AND INFLUENTIAL MUSIC.I WILL BE ATTENDING THE CREAM SHOW ON MAY 02,2005. I HAVE BEEN A PROFESSIONAL LIVE SOUND ENGINEER SINCE THE MID 1970'S. CONSEQUENTLY I THOUGHT I HAD SEEN ALMOST EVERY ACT EXCEPT MY ALL TIME FAVORITE...CREAM. I GREW UP IN POVERTY AND WHEN I FIRST HRARD CREAM I WANTED TO PLAY THE BASS. MY MOM COULD NOT AFFORD ONE. SHE GAVE ME AN OLD RECORD PLAYER WITH BAD SOUND.I LERANED TRICKS TO MAKE IT SOUND BETTER WHEN I WAS LISTENING TO THE LIVE DISC OF WHEELS OF FIRE.I LOVED THE MUSIC AND LISTENED TO IT OFTEN THUS TEACHING ME CRITICAL LISTENING SKILLS AND A LOVE OF ALL MUSIC.I NOW HAVE A GREAT CARREAR THAT I LOVE, AND AM FINANCIALLY STONG. A PERSONAL THANKYOU TO YOURSELF,MR.CLAPTON,MR.BAKER, AND ALL WHO MADE CREAM POSSIBLE.I HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATING THIS SHOW FOR OVER 30 YEARS ...WOW!!!!!!!!
NAME: ken nelson
LOCATION: st. paul, minnesota usa
Time: 1:30:35 PM
long time admirer of yours - particularly of your vocals...just got the cd reissue of "things we like" and it's fantastic. wish i could've seen west, bruce & laing or blt live. Ginger was dead wrong about your bass-playing style. best wishes to you always, Jack the Lad(die)
NAME: Emil Bojin
LOCATION: Bucharest, Romania
Time: 7:55:40 AM
One day in April 2005 I was asking myself how is Jack Bruce, knowing he had a serious operation a few months ago. And what did I learn!? That he will play with the other members of CREAM, in May! I am: - happy he's well - amazed about CREAM reunion - frustrated not to be there ... So I will play again my old (but the real thing) records, that I have since CREAM was charming my youth. Yours, Emil
Time: 1:08:25 PM
Great website ...CREAM LONDON ONLY TYPICAL
NAME: danny dennehy
Time: 5:18:39 PM
jack is your mother still with us. I remember you played at Stirling University years ago and at the end of your session we were all shouting for more when this nice older lady tapped me on the shoulder and said he wont play any more tonight son he's hurt his hand. I said jokingly only his mother would know that and she replied I am his mother. I had a nice wee 5 minute chat and went home quite happy. Hope you are doing well and maybe see you back in the Tamdhu in the future.
best regards danny dennehy
LOCATION: South Shields, England, Quite Close to Glasgow
Time: 6:06:23 PM
Hey Jack, Time to write again - this time more positively than the last!! Which means I got tickets for Cream - a.k.a. 'The Jack Bruce Is Genius' show. I for one don't buy into the tout agencies line of 'Eric Clapton and Cream' ..... designed for idiots and those who believe that you and Ginger were just a ryhthm section!! Most importantly I hope that you are well and continuing to gain physical strength. And that rehearsals go well with no bad vibes. Or at least not too many ... Unbelievably I'm going to the RAH for the first and last gigs. So one dream will come true - to see the three of you walk on stage together for the first time in 37 years and then to see you walk off stage together for maybe the last time ever. Mind you - it would be cool if this last part falls down as hopefully you'll either gig again or more hopefully record some new material. Please, PLEASE don't follow Eric's easy way (quoted in his Johnnie Walker interview) and perform songs like Wrapping Paper - other than for novelty value. I haven't heard any of you discuss this song favourably in interviews over the years, so why now?Eric's approach doesn't bode well for the man who hasn't been inspired 'by anyone else' for 20-30 years. God forbid, he'll want to do Anyone For Tennis and will probably ask you to play the Lawdy Mama bass line to Strange Brew .... Hopefully you'll do all the classics and, if you're going to experiment, perhaps play the songs earmarked for Cream and initially rehearsed, that you have subsequently recorded yourself (Hey Now Princess, The Clearout, etc). And better still ones that weren't backed by Eric, Ginger or management at the time - most importantly (for me!) 'Theme From An Imaginary Western'. Maybe even do Life On Earth, but changing it to 'Life On Eric' accompanied by plugging him directly into the 250V mains supply ..... I love him really. Honestly I do, at least up to and including Derek and The D's.
I really hope the gigs are great most importantly for yourself, Ginger and Eric and that they either close the chapter in a positive way, or they inspire you all so much that you want to create a new beginning. You deserve it.
Good luck and my best thoughts go with you.
LOCATION: roma italia
Time: 4:56:07 AM
for pLee: take a look at this:http://www.bassplayer.com/story.asp?sectioncode=49&storycode=7661
NAME: Howard Johnston
LOCATION: The Wirral - UK
Time: 8:12:00 AM
Yeh, like the previous post I too am going to two of the gigs. I managed to get two tickets for Thursday night and then delightedly rang up to tell my mate in London we were definitely going to one of the concerts! He then told me he had managed to get tickets for Monday as well!!!!
Hanging on for three or four hours on the web AND the phone simultaneously - when I should have been working (!?!) - eventually did the trick. Mind you, like a lot of people I had several attempts at booking tickets and each time got 'thrown out' due to weight of numbers and told to 'try later' - very frustrating indeed! At one point I had selected seats and was just going to the final stage of booking when I got turfed out! Infuriating....
I finally got through on the phone shortly before noon that day, only to be told that the system had collapsed and the guy couldn't do anything for me! I couldn't believe it!!! He promised to ring back - and I thought "yeh, right..." but true to his word he did so and so I managed to get 2 tickets. There are some good people in this world afterall....
Mind you it has cost quite a bit this. What with ticket prices (even the legit ones!) and train fares and a hotel for one night; time off work etc. etc. But it is a once in a lifetime thing....
I am hugely sympathetic to those who underwent the same process only to end up completely unrewarded. However, I have always been envious of those who saw Cream first time around - coz I never did (far too young) - and so after following them for so long I feel it is about time I finally had one dream come true.
If there are plans to do any post Cream numbers in the set - then please Jack could we have "Willpower" - which proved 20 years on, that you and Eric still had the chemistry; and/or perhaps "Waiting In The Wings" or "Why Does Love Have To Go Wrong?" from the BBM album proving the very same point about you and Ginger.
Actually, as long as I hear "Politician" I will be happy - in fact hearing anything at all will be just fine and dandy. I hope rehearsals are going well and simply can't wait to be there in May!
Time: 5:17:32 PM
Hardrock Cafe London, 6th May 2005, 11pm
To commemorate the Cream reunion Saiichi Sugiyama and his band featuring Pete Brown and Malcolm Bruce (Jack Bruce's son) will be playing a late night show. Some guest appearances are expected.
Tickets www.cedarmountainmusic.com, Ģ 12.50 incl. snacks
NAME: Tony Steele
LOCATION: San Jose, CA
Time: 4:14:55 PM
Hi, Jack. I have been dreaming and hoping for a Cream reunion for years. Thank you for reuniting with Eric and Ginger. After you have played your concerts in England, PLEASE COME TO AMERICA!!! We would love to have you here. San Jose has a large arena called the Shark Tank, and it holds about 14,000 people. You could sell out the place, I'm sure. The weather is nice and the people are friendly. Come and see us!!
NAME: Ian Davey
LOCATION: Maldon Essex UK
Time: 4:37:27 PM
Dear Jack, Thanks for the music, havnot seen you live for some time, looking forward to the re union.I do remember seeing you at the dagenham Roundhouse back in the the early '70's as Lifetime.What about that supprise jam session you did with Jan Akkermann at the Melody Maker's Pop Poll awards at the Oval cricket ground, that was just amazing seeing you play powerhouse sod. Were have all the years gone??????
NAME: Michael Lawrence
Time: 11:39:16 AM
"he OWES those two BIGTIME! without the genius of bruce's writing, & the HIGHLY original playing of BOTH baker & bruce, clapton would've been nuthin' more than another brit blues player. it was baker & bruce's contributions that MADE clapton sound so odd & original! bruce freely admits that cream were really, to a large extent, a jazz outfit, & that they just "never told eric." it was those 2 who put him in the same league as hendrix, who DID have his eye on the future of music, & not just the past. good guy...he should have done this a long time ago, especially since he seems to jump onstage with ANYONE at the drop of a hat. it kinda sux that when baker needed him the most, he basically said fukk off, or that he would even allow his old manager, roger forrester, to rewrite history by telling the world clapton WAS cream! indeed! he really needs to balance the scales, here. it's not a nice thing to do, it's the right thing to do..."
"c'mon, clapton was a raging junky & alcoholic for most of the 70's; he most certainly DID coast. & the diff between bloozbreaker-clapton & kream-clapton is incredibly compelling & visionary writing & a highly inventive & original (at least within a "pop" context) rhythm section that captivated millions & sold 35 million units worldwide, and a VERY good blues guitarist soon to be replaced by peter green & mick taylor, both who did as admirable a job in that chair, but who eventually slipped into relative obscurity.
clapton's writing in the last 30 years is laughable, & the fact that he remains as big a star today certainly isn't reflected in his work, for the most part. in an industry that has long since been turned over to lawyers, where a short attention span is encouraged by promoting tv/soap-quality "entertainers" (i mean, KRAP, we've been reduced to a public that supports kids cultivated from the country's shopping malls! we'll certainly NEVER gonna be getting a new "day in the life" from one of them!), it's no bloody wonder that "out of the storm," one of the most beautiful & poignant works of the 70's got completely ignored & passed over for "lay down sally." clapton's entire post 60's catalogue doesn't even begin to measure up. not at least to an inquiring muso looking for inspiration to grow & learn from.
clapton is not responsible for baker's financial woes. agreed. but since he DOES seem to have this penchant for jumping onstage with just about anyone, ya think he could do a couple of shows to help out an old mate he clearly loved & learned from, the guy who called him back in '66 to say "hey, i'm puttin' a band together, do ya wanna do it?" that call made him a superhero. baker COULD have called beck, or even hendrix. he was NOT indispensible."
NAME: jan de corte
LOCATION: hasselt, belgium
Time: 7:14:54 AM
(Nice thing, such a webpage.) Fantastic that you reunite with Cream for a week... But too bad that so few people can come and listen. (Hope you have this show filmed like the one in '68 ?) I was too young a kid to know how it was like when Cream was a hit; learned to know your music much in the late 70's when I was a teenager and started playin' guitar. You're the most guitarist-like bassplayer I ever heard - I'm a fan. I play your songs ev'ry weekend with my friends. I'll have a heart-ache in the first week of may ...! Succes to the 3 of you. Rock the place and shake the world !
LOCATION: deleon springs, fla
Time: 4:31:58 PM
Jack, On your farewell concert at Albert Hall in 1968, after on of your songs (can not remember) they showed you standing there looking mesmorized, almost sad. You probably were taking it all in... the whole Cream era and maybe how you wished it wasn't over maybe.. I will never forget your look. Glad you are getting another chance...you guys deserve it. We all welcome it!!
Time: 2:16:24 PM
Why are you so down on people making a few bob selling on tickets for the Cream concerts? The face value of the tickets is so expensive that for some people the only way they can afford to go is to buy extra tickets and sell them on. Could you not have made the tickets cheaper in the first place?
Time: 1:53:47 AM
hi guys, for those that do not know yet, but are fan enough to be on this site. there is an aftershow in the Hardrockcafe with Malcolm and Pete Brown appearing with another band. i know already some Creamfans that will attend. its on Friday, the 6th at 11pm. Tickets (hopefully still available) can be booked at http://www.cedarmountainmusic.com/. have a good day everyone. mandy x
LOCATION: Gallarate Italy
Time: 3:03:51 PM
Jack! When do you come to Italy to play with cream? You're one of the most bass guitarist in the world in my opinion! If you have time, you could go to my internet site: http://xoomer.virgilio.it/minstrel-michael . Thank you and long live "fresh cream"
NAME: Kim Shaheen
LOCATION: Los Angeles
Time: 8:07:00 PM
I just found this site and I'm still new to this internet stuff. Jack, it was such a joy to have you and Bruce Gary come over and visit Dan Armstrong and myself. I know it pepped up his spirits immensely before he passed away. That set of shows (Abbey Road tour)was quite amazing, and hearing you sing "Eleanor Rigby". Damn! Paul would be proud. We were all very happy to hear of your recovery. You were one of the few people who made me feel at home when I moved to London in 1969. I always have space for you. Dan Armstrong needed to talk with you, and to hear you say those things about his contribution, the tonal change, and how it affected your bass playing. That album was the one all others spring forth from. Dan Armstrong was, well just better after your visit. Your friendship has always been appreciated. I'm playing with Blondie Chaplin or I'd be there in a second for the Cream reunion.Thanks. Kim Shaheen.
NAME: Mark Hebard
LOCATION: Aptos, California
ADDRESS: www.diggers.org, email@example.com
Time: 11:47:28 PM
Well you gone and done it now. Thanks to my brother Doug and his supply of frequent flyer miles and a credit card we will be descending on the Royal Albert Hall opening night.The last time was Winterland in '68, what a show. I don't mind whatever you decide to play just let 'er rip. I can't wait to feel the energy when Cream takes the stage and the audience responds. That'll be worth the trip in it self.
Time: 2:20:18 PM
Best wishes for the Cream reunion gigs. Thinking of you guys first week May, wishing I was there, Cheers, Chris.
NAME: Tony Thomas
Time: 5:32:10 AM
Well Jack, me and 'She Who Shouts' fly Liverpool to Spain on Saturday for a week's holiday on the Costa Del Sol. Then i catch the midnight flight on Sunday from Malaga to Gatwick, abandoning 'She Who Shouts' in Spain. I get a day in London before catching the Monday gig and flying back to Spain 06:00 Tuesday. I can't imagine what "She Who Is REALLY Gonna Shout" is going to have to say, but i don't wanna hear it, so do us a big favour Jack, crank up them speakers and MAKE ME DEAF! Don't know how you've come up with a set-list between you, with so much solo stuff that could fit in, but i hope it doesn't include soppy stuff like 'Wrapping Paper'! Big thanks for an opportunity that i could not resist, never having seen the original performances. I just hope i can stay awake! Regards, Tony.
NAME: Tony Howard
LOCATION: Fort Walton Beach, Florida USA
Time: 10:07:23 AM
Jack- A few years ago you wrote in these pages about a project you did with Andy Summers and Dennis Chambers. Whatever became of that project? I absolutely love "Shadows in the Air" and "More Jack Than God" and anxiously await the third installment of your Cuicoland trilogy. I am especially glad that you've recovered your health. Knock 'em dead at the RAH with Eric and Ginger! I'll be there in spirit.
NAME: glenn j miller
LOCATION: virginia beach V.A.,U.S.A.
Time: 11:41:30 PM
I have been a huge fan of cream,jack's solo music with leslie west,gary moore,and the many others.Do you think there is a chance for a cream reunion in the U.S.!.I'm sure I am not the first person to ask this question nor will I be the last but I figure if enough of us ask maybe it will happen.I joined the cream reunion website so hopefully if it does happen I'll be notified in time to try to get tickets.Well it can't hurt to dream!!
LOCATION: Sedona, Arizona
Time: 1:10:20 AM
Getting set to fly out Saturday the 30th of April for London. You see, somehow I managed to (legally) get two tickets to the Cream concert on May 3rd. Must I say it's the event of a lifetime for me? I feel like I'm 17 years old again, and that's priceless. To you Jack (and Margrit, thanks again for letting me know when the tickets were going on sale) I have to say that the music you Eric and Ginger made was one of the three basic building blocks of my musical formation (the other two: Beatles and Hendrix of course). I can never thank you, Eric and Ginger enough for that. To all the apparently immature fans in the guest book, why oh why disparage Eric or anyone for making great music? Or selfish comments like "don't play Wrapping Paper"? Hear me and hear well: JACK, YOU AND ERIC AND GINGER, FORGET EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING EVERYONE SAYS (EXCEPT ME) AND JUST PLAY. PLAY WHATEVER YOU WANT. THIS FAN JUST WANTS TO HEAR YOU THREE HAVING THE TIME OF YOUR LIVES. I'M FLYING 8,460 KILOMETERS FOR THIS AND I DON'T CARE IF YOU PLAY NURSERY RHYMES ON A TOY PIANO. And also know that this fan will be cheering loudly from the the balcony on Tuesday night, I hope you'll be able to hear me!!! Break a sting Jack!
Time: 7:03:32 AM
Hello to everyone! I need help, does anyone have any idea in which tuning was played "As You Said". Tablatures...I `m very-very grateful for any kind of information about this very special song. Thank you! Peeter
Time: 12:11:07 PM
Jack - How can you do this to me? I'm on a two month assignment in India and right in the middle you do the reunion I've waited over 30 years for. I was there in '66 (Supreme Ballroom Ramsgate), '70 (Tony Williams Lifetime - Dreamland Ballroom Margate). Listen to the "Very best of Cream" I write. Will you do it again? And let me know well in advance so that I can make sure I'm in the country!!! More strength to you Jack. Best wishes.
NAME: Laurie Jones
Time: 2:35:07 PM
Thank you.. thank you .. thank you.. for the inspiration and the timeless music. I want to write a musical based on "Theme for an Imaginary Western"... let's talk.
Best of luck on the Cream reunion, however I love the solo work you've done... never stop.
Love and Peace- Laurie Jones
NAME: David Stoltz
LOCATION: West Hartford,Ct. USA
Time: 3:04:06 AM
Jack,I am writing to wish you and the band a great week of history-making music and most of all,I hope you enjoy yourselves up there on stage.We wish we could be there,but going on line throughout the day didn't work for getting tickets and the ebay prices are just out of reach.Having owned that old EB-3 for a couple of years does make me feel a part of the whole thing and we are cheering for you.I hope maybe the band will do more dates and we will all have another chance.Just went to see our old buddy,Steve Swallow and got to chat for a while.His playing with Scofield and Stewart was incredible and he is doing great.What a great soul he is!Anyway,it is great for all of us that you guys are doing this reunion and I hope to catch up with you somewhere sometime.Love you,Dave
NAME: Mike Moran
LOCATION: Fall River, MA, USA
Time: 10:32:53 AM
I've been "Googling" every day to learn more since the announcement of the reunion concerts. Are there any on-line stories about rehearsals, hopefully with photos? I've seen none. Will Jack, Eric, and Ginger hold a press conference prior to the first show? What are the overall press plans? I'm devouring every bit of coverage regarding this historic event. While I'm sure that the shows will be recorded and videotaped, I want more, more, more !! Please advise.
NAME: Dalila E Solis
LOCATION: Houston, TX (North Shore)
Time: 11:12:58 AM
Great website!!! I have been a fan of your music for a couple of years now. I'm only 17 years old. Your music has influenced me greatly. Just wanted to say thank you and that your music has reached so many generations. Also It's great that you all are doing a reuion tour. Maybe you should try one in the states. Maybe even Texas? Or how about Houston? Please!!! Thank you for your music yet again.
NAME: Dan Keegan
LOCATION: Cheverly Md USA
Time: 8:25:45 AM
Jack, I have been overwwelmed by emotions, saddness at your illness,elation at your wonderful recovery, absoulte joy on hearing of the Cream reunion, and total devestation at not being able to attend (pressing family matters) even if I could have gotten tickets. Enough of me. The three of you just go out there and remind the world what real music is like. If nothing else, you should all just have one hell of a good time...Dan
NAME: John Hopkin
Time: 11:46:00 AM
Good Luck Tonight!!! Please come to the U.S.
Time: 5:48:33 AM
Very nice and useful website Jack. Please visit my website!!! :)
NAME: gary johnson
Time: 10:40:06 AM
last saw Cream in 1968, taking my son a bass playing 15 year old, to see them again tonight. happy days.
NAME: John Telfer
Time: 1:38:15 PM
Saw the concert like nite Jack, I am still speechless! Sheer raw talent on that stage last nite!! Now we have seen a Cream get togeather, lets see a WEST, BRUCE and LAING reunion!!! That would be an absolutely awesome show, to see you and Leslie trading riffs, with Corky pounding away. Just saw you'll thing about it! I am sure Leslie and Corky would be up for it!
Nice one mate
NAME: Susanne Daeschlein
LOCATION: Berlin, Alemania,Germany
Time: 4:54:21 PM
Ooooooh, Jack, to me and all the Cream-loving "fat" people over here in Germany - you "did it" , too, for what weīve waited more than 30 years long ! Do it again and please, come to Berlin with Eric and Ginger! Do you always drink tea with milk and honey ? :-) Love to you and all your beloved ones ! I wish I could be in London these days......I would have gone to all the concerts, believe ! I would have crossed all the crossroads for becoming so glad to feel the sunshine of your love! Wow! Never stop ! CU
NAME: Your Soul Mate
Time: 3:42:05 AM
They're tearing down the Mayflower in NYC, and I'm so glad, I'm so glad... So glad, so glad, so glad.
NAME: gary johnson
Time: 5:52:14 AM
at the concert last night, 15 year old son suitably impressed and realises he needs a little work on his bass runs. from both of us one word; awesome!
Time: 12:32:44 PM
Hello Jack, I'm sure you won't remember this it's been 25 years. My band was working a club in New Jersey to a packed house when a guy said you were in the house. He actually was telling me all night, of course we didn't believe it.Well I announced it to the crowd and went straight into "Crossroads" and like Moses, the sea of people in front of the stage parted and you lept up on the stage. You sang the rest of that tune, did a slow blues and we finished with "Roll Over Beethoven" I didn't get to shake your hand you were pretty much dragged off by some friends. God bless you & The Cream. Please come to the USA I want to jam with your band!
NAME: Robert Rensch
LOCATION: Dayton, Ohio
Time: 10:24:53 PM
Hello, Jack! Been a BIG fan of yours since '68 when I bought Wheels of Fire. I am very sorry to have not been able to make it to the wonderful shows you, Eric, and Ginger are doing, but I am keeping up as well as possible on http://www.cream2005.com/
My wish is that you three will write brand new material and make a studio album completely free of the past. Songs as you wish, play as makes you happy. Your joy is mine and my wife's!
We love you and thank you for a life full of beautiful music!
NAME: Robert Shore
LOCATION: Crystal Beach, Ontario, Canada
Time: 8:44:40 AM
Thank You Jack for tuning my musical ears since youth. I could never have wished for a better human Instructor.
NAME: Stu Dass
Time: 4:34:01 PM
I like cream
LOCATION: La Palma/Spain
Time: 4:46:02 PM
i say 'hi' to COREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I MISS YOU HERE IN LA PALMA :-(
NAME: Kim Gabrielsson
LOCATION: Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Time: 6:04:17 PM
Hi there!! I'm sooooooooooooo glad you're still around -to kick ass and spread the joy I myself and a couple of million other souls are experiencing -in these days of the CREAM REUNION. It was well worth the 37 year wait and I knew it would come about, eventually. Thank you ever so much!!! THESE were the days...
Kim Gabrielsson, musician
LOCATION: London, UK
Time: 6:13:01 PM
I saw the reunion gig on Tuesday and it was wonderful. It's a couple of years since I last saw Jack play and I forgotten how just watching him play can brighten up my whole life. And I've got tickets for the Dick Heckstall Smith tribute Astoria on 6th June, so all is well with the world! Thanks Jack!
LOCATION: Manitoba, Canada
Time: 7:40:46 PM
Very glad to see The Cream reunion has come to fruition. I know you've awaited a long time. So have we... Whatever you put into life - eventually comes back. I am very happy for the three of you.
Bob. Manitoba, Canada
LOCATION: the united states
Time: 3:06:08 AM
i think i've logged onto every other musicians' website without knowing you have one - i'm so glad i've finally found it! there was a copy of the cd "more jack than god" at the library and i got the idea of a web search for an official jack bruce website. now that i've found it and the guestbook, i want to say hello, and tell you the cd makes me feel connected to you again. i would love to know more about your parents' musical background and how you feel about yourself as a singer because i greatly love to hear you sing. also, thanks much for keeping those of us whose life has been enriched by your very special talent up to date on what is happening in your life - both the good and (so sorry to hear) not so great. it means a lot to me because i feel like you've been a part of my life that i don't want to ever lose. what a very special person you are.
NAME: Mo Degley
Time: 6:14:33 AM
Too freakin' cool -- I learned to play right about the time you guys were hitting your stride the first time -- God bless you for having the courage to do it one more time -- and Welcome Back!
-- Now I KNOW how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.............
NAME: Martin Alston
LOCATION: Hampshire, England
Time: 12:24:02 PM
Dear Jack, I've been waiting so long! I saw Cream at the Albert Hall on Monday night (2 May 2005). You were on fantastic form. Your voice was wonderful (particularly on 'Wer're going wrong' as was, of course your bass playing on everything! I'm so glad to see you looking so happy & well. I'm 53 & have been a mega Cream fan since I was 15. Sadly you guys broke up when I was only 16 and I never got a chance to see you before now. (Although I've seen you Eric & Ginger separately many times). Without any exagerating, seeing Cream the other night was a lifetimes dream come true for me. Thank you ...you've made this old Cream fan very happy! Much love Martin.
NAME: george schroeder
LOCATION: balto. md. usa
Time: 6:59:16 PM
it's great the 3 of you are still standing and able to "cook" together once again!must be heart warming to feel the crowd and the fab reviews too..you deserve them!!and what a great set list!!!hey and fans..the guys play (as far as instruments,brand wise)what they play! ec plays a strat!...jack's been playing warwick fretless since the mid 80's !!and ginger is no longer ludwig but a dw player..nice gear is nice gear but it's the person that comes up with the music and sound!!like the sign said at the RAH in 68' "God save the CREAM!!!regards george
NAME: MIKEY G MEROLA
LOCATION: MANHATTAN NYC
Time: 7:32:27 PM
Dear Jack, Please stay healthy and encourage ginger and eric to keep your group together, get into the studio and record a new album. I know the best is yet to come. sincerely, MIKEY
NAME: Randall Hill
LOCATION: Tampa, Florida
Time: 1:12:53 AM
Jack, I have been listening to you since the Blues Breakers days and have always thought you were truly a class guy, who plays music deep from his soul and then it goes through your heart and then out into thw orld for everyone to enjoy. Being a southern boy born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1953, and then raides in Tennessee, I was raised on the delta blues. My father played the upright bass in dance bands, jazz bands, blues bands almost every weekend and I started going to gigs with him at age 5. He passed away a couple of years ago and I look back with such fondness of that time. It was way cool to be that youg, stay up late, and then listen to them jam after a gig. Your way of "pickin the blues" is so very unique to you and I enjoy it so much. Sorry to hear about your health, but hey brother, you are strong and I have never met you, but I know through your lyrics and music that you are a good man and you have spread good vibes all over this planet with your music. I ahve been playing the blues harp since I was eight years old and have all of the great harp players on record and CD. I still remember when you boys put "Rollin' & Tumblin" on vinyl. I was 13 or 14 years old and I wore that album out ( and drove my mom crazy blowin' the harp to it. ) I still play and sit in with some "real deal thumpin' the blues" pickers in Tampa now and then and I love it so much. Besides playing the harp, just like you, I have a fairly serious problem with the ol' liver also. But a life of all of those "goodies" will do that. But now sober. As my man Little Walter said, "I have had my fun, if I don't get well no more." I bought four new Hohner "BLACK HARPS" today, A,C,D,G. Think I will put a little Charley Musselwhite on the CD box and try these new harps out. Enjoy the day, and if you see ol' Pressed Rat or Warthog, tell them Randy said hello !!!
Randy Hill Tampa, Florida firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: 4:16:57 AM
Hi Jack Its Dominic. I Went To See You On Friday At The Albert Hall You Are Amazing And So Is Eric And Ginger. Say Hi To Corin From Me.
NAME: Kathleen Hopper
Time: 5:30:26 AM
Just to say how I was completely blown away by Cream Reunion 2005, having seen (or rather heard them) way back in Hyde Park in the 60s. Have been a fan ever since, and now have three adult children, all huge fans also!
My son, Richard, learned Bass and is a great admirer of yours, and once spoke to you when we travelled from Stanstead Airport on the same KLM flight to Amsterdam as you.
Fabulous night, and the music has only got better.
Just like to say thanks for sharing this with us.
All the best. !
LOCATION: Near London
Time: 7:35:43 PM
A Great friend of mine (Mr Dave Oswald) once and many times since descibed you as GOD and having now seen you play LIVE twice I can see why........
First at the Jazz Cafe in 2001 and now with CREAM at the RAH on May 5th.
What can I say, but I am being educated in the sounds of the greatest bass playing I have had the pleasure to witness.
and of course it goes without saying that the CREAM gig was AMAZING. Thank you Jack and Ginger and Eric.
Time: 11:42:19 PM
Well after a thirty five year wait, I'll take a DVD of the reunion!! Heard that it went over just fine (how could it not?) Some rumblings about the lack of extended jams but, c'mon........... Jack, Eric and Ginger really have nothing to prove? My only question is....What next? Long live The Cream!! They started live extended jamming and apparently came full circle as a group.............Jack, we all expect more music from you real soon!!!
NAME: Chris Shaw
LOCATION: Chesterfield, England
Time: 5:15:09 PM
Thanks for waving at us Jack on the 6th of May, we were up in the balcony to the left of the stage. None of my mates back at school on the following Monday believed me. The show was absolutely fantastic and was a dream come true for me. I am too young to have experienced Cream the first time round, but i enjoy all your recordings live and studio, especially 'Tales of Brave Ulysses' live, that is an exsquisite recording. The Farewell Concert film is pure gold, but i do find it comical the way Ginger can change his clothes during 'Toad', that is a skill to master! Thanks Jack for the great memories.
Time: 1:56:21 AM
Was there the 06th of May in RAH. i am not a quiet one, but i am gobsmacked. Wish i would have been alive in the 60th as well to them them start out. Great show, great review, great pics everywhere... Enjoyed myself to the max. (only peed off cos Beet ignored me... i wanted a pic with him...i mean we did waterfights at some stage! ;o))
NAME: Jim Nesta
LOCATION: Berkeley, CA
Time: 1:15:58 AM
As a young man of the 60s who was, and still is, an ardent fan of Cream I would just like to let you know what a powerful influence you have been on some of us from that era. With the improved audio quality due to modern digital audio remakes of your masterly recordings, I have been even more able to more fully appreciate the subtle nuances of the virtuosity of you and the others of Cream. It seems to me that you are having more fun with that Warwick bass than one should be allowed to have as a human being. Take care and realize that you are always in our hearts.
Time: 3:26:55 AM
Happy birthday for tomorrow, its my 21st then too; I was happy to find out I shared the day with such a hero of mine :o) Love your solo work so much, aswell as your cream days (I was so annoyed that I couldn't get tickets!) and can't wait to see you play at the astoria next month.
Have a great day tomorrow!
NAME: Nigel Stock
Time: 4:22:32 AM
Happy Birthday Jack.
Hope you are well. My mate and I saw you, Eric and Ginger last week at the RAH. The best concerts I have ever seen. I hope that the 3 of you do more work together. It would be a pity if you do not you wer all magnificent.Roll on October for the DVD.
NAME: Steve R
LOCATION: Shropshire, England
Time: 7:04:53 AM
So, the reunion gig was a fantastic success, everybody loved it.
So, now to the serious stuff - you guys need to get into the studio and deal with some unfinished business!!
Please, please, please - can we have some feedback from you guys?
I know you've all signed a vow of silence about the press, but it so frustrating that all this enthusiasm and excitement has been whipped up in the fans (and there are still a LOT of fans :-) and now..
No CD, no DVD (well, not for six months!) no interviews, no word from you three... nothing!
Please, throw us a crumb!
LOCATION: St.Petersburg, Russia
Time: 10:58:43 AM
Happy Birthday My Darling Jack!
I often think about you and I`m so glad for you that you played those gigs in London!!! I wish I could see you.
ALL MY LOVE,
NAME: Axel Schmidt
LOCATION: Somewhere in Germany
Time: 1:10:02 PM
just want to say thank you! Have been to the Albert on the your last concert - it was more than I ever could have hoped for! Saw you in Bonnīs Brückenforum a few years ago and you signed my guitar. Thanks for that & for reuniting with your Cream fellows! Hope, you are doing some gigs in Europe as well - you canīt imagine how many people want to see you guys out on the road!
NAME: James Seltz
LOCATION: Edmonton, Canada
Time: 5:53:47 PM
Happy 62!!! Many heartfelt wishes for your continued successful recovery and happiness. And Wow! for your reunion with Cream mates Eric and Ginger and a million and one fans worldwide. Amazing. Looking forward to more recordings and hopefully seeing you in concert on this side of the pond sometime soon. All the best from a lifelong fan, James Seltz ps. My 12 year bass-playing son was thrilled to see pic's of you with his Danelectro longhorn. Always an inspiration!
NAME: Joe Higgins
LOCATION: United States
Time: 6:34:57 PM
Happy birthday, Jack. Wish I could have made it to London for the Cream reunion concerts. Too dear for me at this time. I plan on getting the dvd and any cds when they are issued. I happen to be the founder of the first Yahoo group for you called JackBruceCitiesoftheHeart. Membership climbed a bunch during the time leading up to the concerts and continues with 7 new members in the last 7 days. Glad you guys did it. Is there any hope for a 4 or 5 city US tour? I did order another cd of yours and Those Were the Days Cream box set in lieu of attending the shows. Happy your health is better and hope you continue to thrive and perform. Oh by the way one of the amateur reviews I read of you during the Cream shows complimented the the longevity of your voice and said it was better in that respect than Frank Sinatra's at a similar age. Heck personally I always thought you had a range that Sinatra could never touch. Pace amore, Joe
NAME: David Stoltz
LOCATION: West Hartford,Ct. USA
Time: 1:09:30 AM
Happy Birthday,Jack.U duh Man!
NAME: Kelly Ackerman
LOCATION: Pittsburgh, PA, (Hell) USA
Time: 2:57:30 AM
Hello Jack, I just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday! I wish I could send myself instead of this message! But most importantly, I thought I'd say thank you; and I want to tell you this now because if I ever meet you in person I would just stand there and drool on myself like an idiot! I started playing bass when I was 16 (I'm 19 now). There are many great bass players out there, but none of them have inspired me like you have. When I heard your bass solo in "Crossraods",(that's the only Cream song they know how to play on the radio in this town) I thought "Wow listen to that guy play. I've got to look into this Jack Bruce guy!" You once said that a lot of bands wanted to give up when they saw Cream. But I did not want to give up. From that moment, your music has inspired me to get off my a** and push myself harder in hopes that someday I can play like you. In fact, the guitar player in my band has even said my playing has improved since I became interested in you! So thank you for the inspiration, and for showing me what real music is. Have you heard some of the "music" that's out there today? By the way, I'm so glad you're feeling better. You look great! Sure don't look like you're 62! Have a very Happy Birthday! Love you, Kelly
Time: 3:53:00 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!!!!! Hope you have a great day, and all the best to you! I was really happy when Werner brought me the t-shirt and the booklet of the Cream-Reunion. Thank you so much, especially for signing it!. I will keep it in honour. Best regards Michael
P.S.: Älles Guade au vo Deiner buckliga Verwandschaft (Eva ond Werner)
NAME: Susanne Daeschlein
LOCATION: Berlin, Alemania,Germany
Time: 8:08:07 AM
Welcome, dear Jack, I canīt hold it back, On your special day Here in Berlin I stay, What else could I say, What else could I do, Just singing this way for you: Will we still need you, Will we still feed you, When youīre sixty-two , shoobeedoo, And I tell you - we īll do ! Canīt take our eyes of you! Even three thousand would be cool for you!
At least, here is still a nice latin wish for you: Salud, Amor y Dinero! Health, Love and Money ! For ever - siempre - not only one Happy Birthday today - but many happy returns of your Birthday! Love to your nice family! Your site is amazing! From your creamloving everlasting fan Susan(ne)
LOCATION: New Jersey, USA
Time: 8:27:37 AM
Happy 62nd Birthday to the GREATEST bass player who ever lived!! Glad you're still here to make beautiful music and sad that I couldn't attend the Cream reunion concerts, but I will buy the DVD when it comes out. It must have brought back some great old memories for you to play with those guys again. I think your playing and singing are fantastic no matter who you're playing with, so stick around and bless us with your gift for many more happy birthdays to come.
NAME: E Dietz
LOCATION: New Jersey, USA
Time: 9:05:34 AM
Wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday, Jack! Keep rocking! Come back to the USA soon!
Love you, Beth
NAME: Don Kirkland
LOCATION: Dallas,Texas 75228
Time: 9:17:55 AM
Hello,Happy Birthday.I hope it is a good one with many more good ones to follow.I also hope that your sets WITH Eric and Ginger were pleasant and exciting for all of you.Living in Dallas ,the best I can hope for is to hear and read about it.But I thought it was great it could happen and especially at The Royal Albert Hall.Once again,Happy Birthday !
Time: 1:19:48 PM
Dear Jack! Happy birthday! We, your fans from this cold country wish you good luck and health. We will be glad to see you in Russia.
LOCATION: long island, ny
Time: 2:40:03 PM
Hello Jack Just want to wish you a very happy and HEALTHY birthday. you have been, are, and always will be the Cream of all vocalists, bassists, and composers. thank you for being. Dave
NAME: Steve Raynes
LOCATION: Chicago, IL
Time: 3:04:34 PM
Realized that today was the 14th, and wanted to send you the most heartfelt good wishes on your birthday. It would appear that you gave us all the present this year!! Thank you. I do hope that those monumental shows will at last make so many in the general musical populace realize what I've known for 40+ years: you are the most amazing musician / songwriter on the planet!!
Happy Birthday, Steve.
NAME: Tom Hall
LOCATION: Baltimore, MD
Time: 3:07:31 PM
Happy 62nd Jack!..(Don't worry..I'm almost there!!..Tried to get to you guys' reunion at RAH..but couldn't get tickets..but whatever..been a fan since mid 60s!!..To the Best Bassman..period..Happy B-Day!...
NAME: Wolfgang Freye
Time: 5:33:51 PM
happy birthday to you!
I saw you a lot of times in concerts in Germany, first time in 1983. All of the concerts were great. The one I loved the most was your Birthday-Concert 1993 in Cologne.
But now it was topped by the Cream-Concert on May, 5th in Royal Albert Hall, which I was glad to see. It was a long and expensive journey from Germany, but I don't want to miss it. Do you guys make a new record? Or a tour?
I hope, your health will keep good and wish you all the best for the next years.
Best regards, Wolfgang
LOCATION: Pittsburgh (Hell-9th Level)
Time: 9:46:13 PM
Happy Birthday, Jack! And many, more. I hope I should live so long, and be in such good shape! I suppose I'm going to be the millionth person to tell you how glad I am about the Cream reunion. But maybe not for the same reasons. I'm the guitarist in a blues/ rock band. The other girl from Pittsburgh/Hell who wrote you the mash note is my bassist. Anyway, around here, rock and roll is gravely underappreciated. It's hard, being broke, and an outcast, living in a city that's broke where nobody cares about the thing that matters most to you in your life. Music is everything to me. And to see you and Eric and Ginger playing together again, it inspired me. Gave me hope, something which I was beginning to lose. Thank you so much. If the Cream come to the USA, I'll be there.
NAME: Phil Manning
Time: 10:17:27 PM
Happy Birthday,Jack.Loved your work since the mid 60's and then sort of lost track...the Cream reunion has rekindled it so I'll look forward to catching up your recent music.All the best in the future, Cheers, Phil
NAME: Jaz Sinclair
LOCATION: California, U.S.A.
Time: 10:28:47 PM
Happy Birthday Jack!!! You gave us all the best gift ever by reuniting with Eric & Ginger! I was fortunate enough to see 2 out of 4 shows, and you boys still can deliver the goods!! I was overwhelmed! Please continue to get better, and grace us with not only one more studio album with Cream, but I would love to hear another solo outing like SFAT or Harmony Row!! Truly Amazing work!! From one of the most influential bassist/vocalists of all time!! Keep Rockin' Jack, you are an inspiration to all of us!!
NAME: Glenn Slingerland
LOCATION: Albany NY USA
Time: 11:14:16 PM
Happy Birthday Jack - looking forward to the DVD of the four historic concerts...and of course especially looking forward to seeing you next time you are in the States. As a logical follow up to the reunion, we will start featuring your great new version of I Feel Free from More Jack Than God, on our show. Best Wishes from all your friends on The Glenn Slingerland Situation...we're always thinking of you.
NAME: George Kraus
LOCATION: Mineola, New York
Time: 11:32:44 PM
Great to see you back together with Cream Jack. Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many more to come. Saw you on November 1, 1977 at my Father's Place in Roslyn New York. I was awed by your prowess on the bass. Quite frankly, I had never seen a human being in such command of his instrument before. And I haven't seen the like of it since. Keep entertaining us Jack and drop by to New York again some time. You'll be more than welcome. Here's to many more!
LOCATION: Houston, Texas
Time: 12:52:48 AM
Happy Birthday Mr. Bruce! Sorry I couldn't make the shows in London but am looking forward to the DVD. Maybe just a few more select shows in the States? I did catch your 1968 gig at the old Houston Music Hall, the show with Leslie & Corky, and two later shows at small clubs in Houston, one with Ginger. Groundbreaking unforgetable music, still play it all the time at full volume. Take care, I hope to visit my ancestral home soon (Scotland). Forrest.
NAME: Charlie Bingham
LOCATION: Minneapolis , Mn. USA
Time: 4:35:14 AM
Hey Jack just wanted to say was that the first rock show I evr attended was at The Grande Ballroom in Detroit around '68 the James Gang and The Thyme were on the bill...I have been a professional musician ever since...good to see you're still at it
Time: 4:53:02 AM
Happy birthday?dear Jack!! all the best wishes on your 62th birthday!! Hope to see you in Russia one day.
NAME: george schroeder
LOCATION: baltimore md. usa
Time: 11:05:30 AM
ya can't keep a good scotsman down!!!and the one i refer to happens to be one of the greatest musical talents on the planet!!happy birthday jack!!ps..maybe you can keep the ball rolling(and tumblin?)in june for dick's tribute show,by adding his ole mate "ging" and subbing his other mate graham(sadly gone but not forgotten),with eric !!(very much part of the scene then)!2 others that would be right for that night would be john mclaughlin and gary husband!!god bless you jack!!!regards george
NAME: guenther demmerle
Time: 1:21:46 PM
Hello Jack, happy birthday from germany!! I did not forgot your birthday, but I was too busy in the last two days! I think you donīt remember me, because you see millions of people in one year! I had the big luck to met you twice at the music fair in frankfurt. the first time 1984 at the hoyer stand, i played guitar and I gave you some pictures from the "automatic" tour in 1983. I wish you all the best of luck in your life and keep on playing!! You are the reason, why I started to play bass!! good luck my friend!! Gee
NAME: Ron Dolce
LOCATION: Evanston, Ill. U.S.A.
Time: 7:22:35 PM
Happy birthday, Jsck. Keep those birthdays coming. Hope the reunion concerts were positive for you.
Time: 8:20:06 PM
Glad to hear that you made it to birthday #62 after your surgery! Hope all is well and that we'll see that third album soon. You have been an inspiration to me as a singer for years; in fact, I recently had to sing a difficult solo in church, and I wasn't able to make it really come alive until I considered how you would have done it. Thank you for tons of excitement and fascinating music always!
NAME: Mark C
LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York USA
Time: 8:34:48 PM
My wife and I had the absolute pleasure of flying to London from New York to see Cream at the Royal Albert Hall last week. It was fantastic to see the band play once again. It was even more fantastic to see you in good health, smiling and having a great time. You played your heart out and I thank you. Take care of yourself.
NAME: jeff lynch
LOCATION: harrisburg, pennsylvania usa
Time: 10:08:26 PM
sorry i missed the creams, but life and family called, but, jez, i'd rather hear you play solo anyday ... i'm just glad you're alive, my friend. hope we get to catch up soon, but meanwhile, happy birthday.
stay heathly and creative and true to all you are.
NAME: MIKEY G MEROLA
LOCATION: NEW YORK CITY
Time: 11:16:42 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK, MAY YOU ENJOY MANY MORE GOOD YEARS WITH YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, MUSICIANS, AND FANS. SINCERELY, MIKE MEROLA 51 NYC UNITED STATES
NAME: Howard Johnston
LOCATION: The Wirral - UK
Time: 5:24:01 AM
Jack ... two things :
Firstly - Happy Birthday man! (on Saturday last) and many happy returns of the day indeed. 62 years young and still playing with the power and passion of a man half your age. By coincidence 14th May also happens to be the same date of birth for my son Adam, who has had no choice but to become acquainted with your music over his seven years on this planet (and he seems to like it so far). He knows only too well that his dad is more than enamoured with your music, and he also knows why his middle name is "Bruce"!!! I just hope he picks up the bass when he gets a bit older (like I did in my youth)...
Secondly - thanks a million for making a dream come true recently, night after night at the Royal Albert Hall. I was there on Monday, Thursday and Friday nights. I feel very priviledged indeed! A friend got us tickets for Monday - I managed to get tickets for Thursday (all weeks in advance when the tickets went on sale) - but we never expected to go on Friday as well. We just joined the long queue of hopefuls outside the RAH on Friday afternoon; wishing and praying for those gold-dust-like 'return' tickets which magically seem to become available just before the performance starts. And we got lucky ... right down at the front by your own end of the stage ... brilliant - a real thrill for us both!
And the three of you rose majestically to the occasion. Each night was better than the previous I thought - but they were all great. I can't wait for the DVD package to relive it over again.
Eric's playing was fluid and inventive as you would expect, and yet quite different from his usual concert style. He seemed to rediscover something within himself which perhaps only you and Ginger could bring out...
And Peter Edward Baker himself - what a revelation to see that one-man percussive orchestra still battering his kit into submission each night - especially on "Toad" ... again rising to the challenge of such esteemed company on stage - again finding his 'natural' place to be - the only drummer who can do "Sunshine" properly...
And beneath it, behind it, ahead of it, and around it all - was the real motor of the band - definitely running on full throttle ... Mr. Bruce himself. I'm glad to see that you are well along the road to recovery Jack - your voice was in fine form. What a great surprise and treat to hear so much harp playing on "Rollin..." and "Sitting..." and of course the booming bass echoing around that grand old auditorium once more! As Patrick Allen narrated on the Farewell Concert film (and it still holds true) "for Jack Bruce, his voice, and his pounding guitar, speak with one voice of unmistakeable clarity and power"...
I will never forget that wonderful week I spent in London. Lovely weather during the day and great entertainment at night .. quite literally "sunshine by day - and 'Sunshine' by night."
Time: 11:01:08 AM
happy birthday jack hope to see you one day in Belgium. hope you're fit and well
NAME: Susanne Daeschlein
LOCATION: Berlin, Alemania,Germany
Time: 12:13:17 PM
Wow, thatīs extremely true what I just read, that
GOD SAVED THE CREAM !!!
In a double and even a triple sense !!!
Beeeecaaauuuuuse to be able - to save - this Cream,
GOD SAVED JACK for all of us !!!
I read that Jack is the SOUL OF CREAM !!!
Nobody said it better....
Thatīs exactly what I felt when I read about "The Reunion" - was there any other "reunion" by the way ?? :-)
I mean, tea doesnīt really taste well without the presence of some nice CREAM (and honey) - true ? Some real "bad" CREAM would be a "Mascarpone", :-)
Oh Jack, You are never "born under a >bad< " sign ?
Unless the compliment "bad" - you know what it can mean, too. Keep this your beloved "bad" voice,please, we need it !!!
Love to the whole "Bruce Gang" from Susan(ne)
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Time: 4:01:01 PM
Like many of the other guests, I'm a lifelong fan. Started playiing bass in 1968 and drove my parents crazy by playing nothing but the "Sunshine" riff for 6 months! Bought an EB-3 but mysteriously never got it to sound like yours... Flew over for the Monday night Cream show and still singing the tunes 10 days later - thank you thank you. Happy Birthday and Good Health, JP
Time: 9:32:48 AM
Happy birthday Jack !
NAME: Mike Sampier
LOCATION: Galway Ireland
Time: 5:50:11 AM
A belated Happy 62nd Birthday greeting to you Jack!
Been a fan of your brilliant musical career since the "Fresh Cream" days and was really thrilled to witness you Eric & Ginger back again on stage for the May 2nd Reunion show. And my intuition proved correct when I had a feeling that "I'm So Glad" would be the set opener.
Yes us fortunate fans lucky enough to see the three of you perform again were certainly Glad to once more hear Cream's classic songs performed live -especially the finale "Sunshine of Your Love" - my personal favorite song.
Can't wait til the dvd/cd is released yet wouldn't it be wonderful to hear new music from the best band ever - long live Cream!
NAME: Dave Oswald
Time: 11:05:37 AM
There was a documentary on BBCs Omnibus programme in 1969 called Rope Ladder To The Moon A Film About Jack Bruce. It was made by Tony Palmer. You can get in touch with him and buy it on DVD.
His email address is: ["isolde" at "btinternet" dot com]
It has some intersting footage of Jack wandering around Glasgow, a bleak place back then, thats for sure. Film of him on an island too. Studio versions of Never Tell Your Mother Shes Out Of Tune and The Ministry Of Bag with Chris Spedding, John Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Art Themen, Henry Lowther, John Mumford and Mick Pyne. It also features the instrumental ending to To Isengaard with Spedding on fine form and Over The Cliff featuring Hiseman and Heckstall-Smith. The music is fabbo, top drawer. A documentary that could only have been made in the 60s but good to see.
Time: 7:03:28 PM
Thanks for flushing the toilet that mass music has become.
NAME: Michael Ashton
LOCATION: Atlanta, GA, USA
Time: 12:56:32 AM
Congratulations on the Cream reunion concerts possibly too long between shows but a great way to re-ignite that particular spark without getting stale (although even a short US tour would be much appreciated). I was late to jump on the Cream bandwagon back in 68 but I made up for lost time and have enjoyed your solo career and other group projects, from Songs For A Tailor in 69 through More Jack Than God, plus the two concert DVDs. Your music helped stretch my musical tastes beyond 60s pop and rock (not that theres anything wrong with that), especially to blues and jazz, with Things We Like, Escalator Over The Hill, Lifetime, the Rocket 88 concert, and even the Ellen McIlwaine and Cozy Powell LPs. I appreciate some of it more than other parts, but knowing you were involved made me at least check it out, so thanks for all the enjoyment your music has brought me. Regarding Creams legacy, I think one of the main factors is that the group broke up before the major festivals of the late 60s and the arena rock era of the 70s that contributed to the legends of such bands as The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, and The Who. As long as the music is out there and fans like me turn our kids into Cream fans the legacy will live on.
Time: 1:59:21 AM
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY JACK AND MANY, MANY MORE. Best Wishes to you and yours, Herb
p.s. You are truly a consummate musician and my inspiration. Your fiery passion and heart and soul style of singing and playing remains unmatched. You are definitely the ruler by which all other bass players and musicians should be measured by! Anxiously awaiting the new Cream dvd and hopefully, godwilling, a new solo disc by you to complete the trilogy of "Shadows" and "More Jack"!!! God Bless Jack and take good care!!!
NAME: Barry Blaize
Time: 3:50:58 PM
A silly question this!
Did Jack live in Bradford in 1962 and did he win a set of luggage in an ABC Film Review competition? I recently bought an old copy of the magazine in which a Mr Jack Bruce won such a prize. Probably not the Jack Bruce but worth asking! Barry Blaize
LOCATION: Johannesburg, SA
Time: 5:29:48 AM
I remember well as a schoolkid in Crieff, Scotland in 1968 the songs of Cream being performed by the legendary Crawford Marshall and Odyssey. I was devastated when Cream split that year. I saw Jack Bruce performing with a band at Stirling University in 1970--very smooth, jazzy stuff. I kinda lost track of Jack and Ginger, though I note that Ginger lives in KwaZulu Natal these days.
I'm so glad to hear that Jack has made such a great recovery from liver cancer. I just wish I could have been at the Albert Hall to see this reunion.Hopefully, there'll be a few more concerts--roll on the release of the DVD in autumn.
NAME: Crush Harris
LOCATION: Capistrano Beach,CA USA
Time: 5:24:19 PM
The most wonderful musical influence on me, along with Miles Davis, Tony WIlliams, Larry Coryell, Elvis Costello has been the Jack and Pete! If only the rest of the world knew of Jack's heroics! Cream was a fabulous plateau but Jack has offered so much more! Jack you are a true luminary amongst luminaries!
LOCATION: Mexico city, Mexico
Time: 4:45:01 PM
hi, I would like to know if there`s gonna be released maybe a dvd or live album from your performances at the royal albert hall, because you only gave 4 shows with cream, some fans of yours around the world may be as interested as I
LOCATION: mexico city,mexico
Time: 4:49:06 PM
oh also i would like to cream to consider a world tour, mexico included for us young fans to enjoy your great music live, hey i`m only 20 years old so please consider!
NAME: Dennis A Alonzo
LOCATION: Albrightsville P.A.
Time: 7:38:39 PM
Hard to put into words what you have meant to alot of us but I know to me there will be no greater musician or idle. Cream, West Bruce& Laing, Jack Bruce solo, the best!
NAME: David Faytell
LOCATION: Amherst, Massachusetts
Time: 6:44:32 PM
Saw you and Cream on the final night at RAH. Went with 4 other guys who last saw Cream at MSG in 11/68. What an amazing event!! We're Going Wrong was clearly a highlight though truly everythine else was. Hoping you will continue touring and cut a new disc. Very satisfying my friend. Would have loved to have seen The Clearout and Princess as the demos showed.
Best to All, David Faytell
Time: 1:01:29 PM
Hi Jack, Hope your well, it was great to hear that you guys were doing three gigs in the RAH, iwasnt able to make it unfortunatley, next time around i will. I have followed you guys for some time and can i say you blow any of the new guys out of the water. Cream enspires and inspires guys like me to pick up an instrument and try and play and want to keep on trying . all i can say now is thanks and stay well. Billy.
Time: 7:16:50 PM
When Cream split I slept out all night to see Blind Faith in Hyde Park it was the worst concert I have ever attended. The combined talents of Stevie Winwood and Rick Gretch could not replace Jack. Ginger went on to form Aeroplane (yawn,) and have drum battles with other drummers whilst Eric made elevator music. Only when they had Jacks driving musical ability did they play well.
Saw you in Liverpool with Lifetime many years ago what a concert!
LOCATION: North Carolina
Time: 7:47:22 AM
Hey Jack. You are one of the greatest bassist in rock history with few equals. I have to admit I'm not too familiar with your music as a solo artist. Cream is one of the greatest rock bands of all time who kicked the doors in for hard rock/heavy metal. It's great to see you guys reunited a couple of weeks ago for a few shows at Albert Hall. I hope there will be Cream reunion concert special on TV before too long. I know there will probably be a live CD & DVD soon of this historic event in rock history.
NAME: STEWART BROWN
Time: 1:34:01 AM
DEAR JACK, IT WAS SO GREAT TO HEAR OF MAY REUNION. I HOPE YOU CAN BRING IT STATESIDE, AS I COULD NOT GO...I DID SEE YOU HERE IN '69. THERE'S ALWAYS A HOT MEAL AND FREE PLACE TO STAY. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DVD AND ANY CHANCE TO SEE CREAM AGAIN! PLEASE ADVISE, STEWART BROWN
NAME: Mark Gillespie
Time: 12:05:11 PM
NAME: Mark Gillespie
Time: 12:10:15 PM
Hi Jack...I only just found out that your from Bishopbriggs originally! I'm from Kirkintilloch myself, the next town along and am a struggling young pro bass player. I take comfort in knowing that someone from so close by has done so well. I'm only new to your work but it's great to know one of the best bass players ever is a Scot!!
Time: 10:46:29 PM
Jack the show in Oakland some time about 1989 rocked so much ginnger was there come back Jack Joshua Tree http://www.genericnoboddysproductions.com/
NAME: Ian Hinsley
LOCATION: Manchester, England
Time: 5:37:46 PM
Just to say thanks for the reunion concerts. I never thought it would happen, but I was there on the 3rd! Fantastic and thanks to all three of you.
NAME: seymour duncan
LOCATION: Santa Barbara, California
Time: 8:04:40 PM
Hi Jack...wanted to say Hi and say thanks for all the great music over the years...I enjoyed playing with you in Germany many years ago and hope we can do it again...Your music and performances have been an inspiration to many of us musicians and I continue listening to your music...your pal...seymour w. duncan---santa barbara, california...
LOCATION: guadalajara mexico
Time: 12:34:38 AM
Dear dear Jack
I've followed your career since the Graham Bond days and you became such a major influence through the years, "the influence", and now a Cream reunion Jesus, go to the States and I swear I'll be there. I'm very sorry for DHS's passing, his music is so familiar to me, I used to know every note of The pirate's dream and his exquisite work with Colosseum. My deepest condolences. And Mr.Bruce, I thank God for your presence on this messy planet, hopefully for a long long time to keep feeding our spirits. They make a "soda" here that is some sort of liver food, I can send some if you want to try, doctors can check the formula and give their approval. It works. Jack, I don't care the gear you use, it's the way you play and the music you make. God bless you Salvador
Time: 1:01:20 PM
Firstly may I start by saying a much belated happy 62nd birthday, and secondly, thank you for allowing me the privelage of seeing you live twice in the last 2 months. Saw you with firstly with Cream (5/5/05) and secondly with Gary Moore and Gary Husband at the Astoria for the DHS concert Monday night, and what a show you 3 put on! I could have listened to you all night, the 5 songs (White room, born under a bad sign, sitting on top of the world, I feel free and sunshine...of course) just were not enough! Would have loved it if you could have gotten Ginger to sit in on drums and had a BBM reunion. Gary Moore was excellent playing the Les Paul almost note for note as Eric did on the Cream studio recordings all those years ago. I have to say I thought the three of you on Monday night sounded more like Cream than Cream (if that makes sense) with possibly the exception of Mr Husband on drums, who was great but just didnt have that Baker touch. Its such a shame Eric didnt pick up a Gibson for the Albert Hall shows, would have made the diffrence I think. Still, It was a great night out and a fitting tribute to Dick, I'm sure he was looking down. Will be keeping my finger on the pulse for any more live shows you will be doing, I'll do my best to be there.
All the best
NAME: Bill Berends
LOCATION: New Jersey USA
Time: 6:19:41 AM
Hi Jack, just wanted to say thanks for the Cream shows!! The bits I've heard are once again truly inspiring in this age of everything sounds like Pro-Tools (THAT'S an understatement!!!)... but Flying By Now still moves me every time and looking forward to new music, Cream or no! Although an all new Cream album would be nice. :)
"I dont wake up in the middle of the night thinking of Eric Clapton...." LOL. Thank god! We met briefly years ago and you said nearly the same thing then. I gave you "No Answer" to sign and you said... "oh so YOU'RE the one who bought that" Yup, that was me... and it's still amazing. :)
Best wishes, good health, live long and prosper my friend!! We all hope to see you stateside again ASAP!
Bill Berends -JB fan since 1967 (shhh ;))
NAME: Roger Adams
LOCATION: West Sussex, England
Time: 12:36:15 PM
Hi Jack, Just wanted to say how much my wife, Sarah and I enjoyed both the Cream Reunion at the Albert Hall, and your performance with the "other two Gary's" at the Astoria. Gary Bruce indeed! I hope you will break radio silence soon to share your thoughts on how it all went at the Albert Hall. In the meantime, if you should ever need a good guitar player......
NAME: Pete Wilkinson
Time: 2:02:22 AM
many thanks for the set at the tribute concert for Dick Heckstall Smith with Gary Moore. It was a great night for a great guy. Lets hope it can be repeated next year as proposed by Pete Brown. Thanks Jack.
NAME: Stefan Ellertsson
Time: 9:33:02 AM
Saw you at Astoria on the 6th of June ,fantastic.Clapton who ? Moore blew him away
NAME: Philly Flynn
LOCATION: Donegal, Ireland
Time: 8:04:07 PM
Hello all, Early memories...heard that Manfred Mann had a new bassist..a bluesy, jazzy player circa 1966. Heard his magnificent contribution on bass to some of Manfred`s lesser known jazzy tracks, like `Spirit Feel`. Excellent...heard Jack on Pretty Flamingo, playing bass and singing harmony. Then, heard that he was with Clapton and Baker in Cream. Wow!! Jack`s singing on `We`re Going Wrong`, `I Feel Free`, `Tales of Brave Ulysses` and `White Room` was, as the Yanks say, AWESOME! So glad to see Cream back together...Hope a DVD is issued. Last word...Student party, Galway, Ireland, circa 1969/70. 5 o clock in the morning..dancing solo on a dodgy table to `I FEEL FREE` on the turntable as the dawn broke...the hangover was terrible but it was worth it for that moment...for that moment we were FREE!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the memories, Jack!! regards, Philly (aged 55)
NAME: Al Knight
LOCATION: Montclair USA
Time: 4:32:33 PM
NEVER STOP. Thank you, Alan
Time: 1:23:11 AM
its good to see that this site is being updated again. Jack showed he is still active, so Derek picked up the site again. nice. i heard a little interview from ages ago with jack last night in which he mentions that music is everthing. may you be able to do your music til you drop (and that hopefully not for another 20 odd years :o))
LOCATION: Toronto Canada
Time: 12:54:50 PM
Jack, What to call your historical RAH recording and DVD ? How about... ReFRESHed Cream ... or
Tom Toronto Canada
LOCATION: Toronto Canada
Time: 1:02:17 PM
Dear Jack, Been busy lately ??? You certainly deserve a long holiday, on a lazy, sun-soaked beach in Bora Bora - (went there in '83 myself, well worth visiting again). Now that you have made musical history, again, try this: a. Book the ROGERS CENTRE in Toronto, Canada, for a 2,3 or 4 night stretch b. Hire IMAX (the mega-film 70 mm production company, happen to have their Head Office, right next door to Toronto, in Mississauga ) to build a stage to their specifications, in order to create an IMAX film of your performance c. check out SAMBA SQUAD, the greatest percussion group you'll ever see (I am an admirer only, and have no commercial or other interest in this great band )... just go to www.sambasquad.com, - guarantee you that GINGER would love this wild band of percussionists, and would probably jump in and join them - you really must witness their performance while you are on this earth !!! think DEMON DRUMMERS OF JAPAN, and then add a few tons of SALSA SAUCE and JALAPENO PEPPERS, with a TEQUILA CHASER, and you got SAMBA SQUAD d. ask SAMBA SQUAD to be your show opener at ROGERS CENTRE e. put tickets on sale for 4 nights in Toronto, on a soft, smooth summer long weekend f. sell out 60,000 tickets x 4 nights in about 15 minutes g. make musical history again - SAMBA SQUAD opens for you, IMAX produces the mega-film of your concert, to beat out anything filmed at RAH, to play at all the IMAX theatres world wide, and double as a DVD h. make it an extended holiday in CANADA, come to see NIAGARA FALLS, where I grew up as a kid, and take the greatest train ride in the world, to see the ROCKY MOUNTAINS, and stop off in LAKE LOUISE, Alberta, to see a lake that looks like it is flooded with diamonds, near BANFF, Alberta - tell Eric he must see this, because after all he is half-Canadian, isn't he??? which might account for why he is SUCH A NICE GUY ALL AROUND, eh ??? i. relax on a lazy, sun-drenched beach, where ever in world you like, for as long as you like, because once you have your IMAX film in the bag, and you've done with your record breaking performance in Toronto - you deserve to RETIRE, and Ginger can ride horses for as long, and as far, into the SUNSET as he ever wished You don't even need to think of asking Michael Cohl to arrange this for you. He doesn't need the 20% . He's getting more than enough from Bono and the Boys, and Mick & Keith. You'll take in at least a cool $20 million for a gig in Toronto, and all related film, DVD sales. Every fan from New York, NY, Chicago, Detrioit, Montreal, and Eastern USA will come to Toronto. Just some admiring advice from a great, long-time fan of yours. Sorrry I couldn't make it to RAH, but I will definitely see you in Toronto, if you decide to come to see us. Might as well GO OUT WITH A BANK, sorry, I mean BANG. Happy Travels - hope you are reading this in the sunny tropics !!! Glad to see that you are still blowin' that HARP as great as ever ! Keep Practicin' Tom Toronto Canada p.s. please tell Eric that he is to be congratulated for his diplomacy, when Her Majesty, E II R asked "...and what do you do ?"... , when he could have said, "and pray tell YOUR MAJESTY, WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING ???? " - My DEAR, CHARLES, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS !!!,
LOCATION: kinross(formerly Glasgow)
Time: 7:28:14 PM
Hi Jack, nice site. I saw you in Glasgow in a club in Sauchiehall street a good few years ago. An enormous bouncer walked in with a little old lady who stood beside me. At the end of a song, curiosity got the better of me and I asked if she was enjoying your show. "That's my son, I always love tae hear him play" she replied. So it was nice to meet your mother, and you put on a great show. I think Zal Cleminson was also playing that night. Anyway, my 15 year old son has been playing guitar for 2 years now and I was delighted to see him have a go at 'sunshine of your love'with his band. Would love to see you play in Scotland again. T in the park in Kinross would be ideal ! All the best. Charlie. All the best.
NAME: Scott PArker
Time: 1:58:29 PM
HI JAck im am only 8 but i like you cream and eric clapton i wish i could have saw the cream renunion but i live to far away could u tell how to contact eric please i am listening to my favirote cream song white room right now thanks JAck.
NAME: Leonardo Valentin
LOCATION: Springfield, Massachusetts
Time: 4:20:06 PM
Dear Jack, THANK YOU!!! Thank you for your wonderfully crafted songs. Everyone of them a perfectly crafted gem of timeless beauty(Rope Ladder To the Moon- being my all time fave!!) As well as being an inspiration & influence to all us bassists. There's always a song I can find to fit my mood at the time, or even if I just want to pick up my fretless and play along, you don't disappoint...(LOOOOOOVE the bass line to "Life on Earth!) Once again, Un vastante gracias... Leo
LOCATION: Parker, CO
Time: 11:11:05 AM
Hi, thanks to Cream for a lifetime of music! Odd request here: I recently acquired 3 books from our local library sale that are inscribed to Ginger from Mickey Hart, Dick Heckstall-Smith, and Harry Shapiro. I'm wondering if Ginger wants them back, I would think they'd have sentimental value, maybe I'm wrong. Anyway, if there's a way to forward this to him and he wants them, they're his, no strings. Least I can do for all the music that means so much to me, especially Blind Faith! Thanks. -rick
NAME: Ricky Larose
LOCATION: Island Lake, Illinois
Time: 3:59:13 PM
Dear Jack, Thank you for your music and inspiration
NAME: Alan Budick
LOCATION: Oceanside, NY
Time: 10:18:06 AM
Hope your doing well....saw you jam a few years ago on Long Island...I heard those Cream shows in London were great....Bring them here....
NAME: Mark Souders Fire Chief
LOCATION: Bradenton, Fla
Time: 10:59:42 AM
Jack, I was working out the other day at the gym and they have video TV's all around. There you were with Cream singing "White Room." I just stopped and stared. I was oblivious to anything around me, as I went back to the early years and somewhat of a memory recall. When the song was over, I turned around and everyone else in the gym (about 40 people) were doing the same thing. Nobody said a word. We all just look at each other and went back to working out. I think everyone had some sort of memory recall. Stay cool and keep playing. I would love to see you and the band (Cream)...I think I would be ready to die after that, for I would have seen it all.
NAME: David Mulhern
LOCATION: Portsmouth, NH
Time: 4:32:21 PM
What a tribute to the resilience of your spirit to see you recovered from your surgery, and going on to do the Cream reunion. Fabulous! You've been an exciting musical force in my life for decades, and I'm grateful to you for your body of work. I couldn't be at the Royal Albert Hall in May, but will definitely buy the Cream Reunion DVD as soon as it is available!
Thanks again for all the great music. Can't wait to see what's new sounds are still to come from you.
All the best, David Mulhern
Time: 12:38:00 AM
From Yardbirds to Mayall to Cream to Songs for a Tailor(which my immigrant grandfather was), to Blind Faith to Delaney&Bonnie to Derek & the Dominoes to your solo recordings.....all the way to New Haven. Pat Thrall was your guitarist. Corky was there! Oh, 1973, West, Bruce & Laing. Waterbury, CT Willimantic, Mohegan Sun, I was there, or, own!!
NAME: Axel Wasmuth
LOCATION: Wiesbaden , Germany
Time: 6:42:02 AM
Dear Jack ,thank you for the ongoing extraordinary music . When I was 16 (1964 ) ,I decided to play the bass , after piano and trompet .And now , I have a lot ,including a Gibson EB 3 , but my favorite is a Guild B302 frettless . .It s pity , I never seen you live . Today , I am a General Surgeon and I
knew , what you sustained . But musicians , especially bass ,players are strong men .Best wishes for your health and exploding creative moments