THE MUSIC OF CREAM Announces 2020 Disraeli Gears Tour

Article Contributed by Press Here Publicity | Published on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Music of Cream, the pedigree of hallowed '60s trio Cream: Kofi Baker (Ginger Baker's son), Malcolm Bruce (Jack Bruce's son) and Will Johns (Eric Clapton's nephew), have announced an exciting new tour for 2020. Honoring the legendary band's landmark album Disraeli Gears, the 40-date North American outing will feature Disraeli Gears performed in its entirety followed by a set of additional hits and rarities from Cream, Clapton, Blind Faith and more. The upcoming tour finds The Music of Cream continuing their celebration of the extraordinary music and legacy their family members created more than 50 years ago via their extensive live show and personal stories and footage of their fathers and mentors.

Kicking off February 28th in Victoria, BC, Canada, the Disraeli Gears Tour will travel all across North America stopping everywhere from Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Phoenix, Boulder, Baton Rouge and Fort Lauderdale to Birmingham, Atlanta, Annapolis, Long Island, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee, Omaha and all that's in between, before wrapping May 3rd in Austin. See below for full list of tour dates. Tickets are on sale starting this Friday, October 18th at 10am local time; visit www.musicofcream.com for ticketing information.

With primal riffs, soaring operatic choruses, poetry, fashion and theatre rolled into one, Disraeli Gears defined the era in which it was written. The super-group's second studio album, released November 1967, is often considered Cream's crowning achievement. Disraeli Gears, featuring the singles "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Strange Brew," was their American breakthrough reaching #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and ultimately becoming a platinum-seller in the U.S. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and Rolling Stone included Disraeli Gears in their list of the Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time saying, "Cream's sharpest, most linear album focused its instrumental explorations into colorful pop songs." In addition to critical acclaim over the decades, the original band members themselves praised their work on Disraeli Gears. Ginger Baker noted, "You can't escape the fact we were having such fun playing with each other," while Jack Bruce said, "This was a whole new beginning for the band and I loved that time very much," and Eric Clapton added, "We had found ourselves...it was a pivotal point in the history of popular music."

For the members of The Music of Cream, who first launched their celebratory 50th Anniversary World Tour in 2017 and have since performed over 100 shows together worldwide including a string of recent sold-out UK shows, honoring Disraeli Gears and the storied history their family members created on this new tour was an easy choice.

"To follow our 50th Anniversary Tour, it was a no-brainer to go out and celebrate Disraeli Gears in its entirety," shares Kofi Baker (drums). "There are songs that are quite different, they wanted to challenge everything! And from a personal point of view, it gives me the opportunity to perform another song my dad wrote, called 'Blue Condition,' that I really like. I also loved the artwork for the album; my sister and I used to laugh because we said you could see up my dad's nose. Happy memories that we can bring to the stage."

"Why Disraeli Gears? Well, that's easy for me," says Will Johns (guitar, vocals). "It was the birth of the wah-wah pedal and you gotta love the wah-wah! That we can interpret such groundbreaking music and continue to tell Cream's story is as exciting for us as we know it was for the band when they recorded it all those years ago. Like my Uncle, I am a blues man through and through and on this record, there's some fantastic interpretations of this genre, the likes of 'Lawdy Mama' and 'Outside Woman Blues,' so it doesn't get better than that!"

"There are many reasons I love the idea of performing Cream's second album Disraeli Gears," adds Malcolm Bruce (bass, vocals). "Many of Cream's best-known songs are on the record including 'Sunshine of Your Love,' 'Strange Brew' and 'SWLABR.' But importantly to me, perhaps my favorite Cream song, and I think my Dad's too, 'We're Going Wrong,' is on there as well. It has always been such a special song to perform, so open in its possibilities for improvisation, and lyrically, the song works on a number of levels, both personal and universal. I also love some of the less well-known songs on the album like 'World of Pain' and 'Dance the Night Away.' It even contains comedy elements in 'Mother's Lament.' Overall, it is a very cohesive set to perform. We are looking forward to it!"

During its heartbreakingly short lifespan, Cream was an explosive musical cocktail that provided the super-group blueprint for others to follow. Their third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), was the world's first platinum-selling double album, and collectively Cream sold more than 15 million copies of their albums worldwide. Not surprisingly, Rolling Stone ranked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group (inducted in 1993) as 67th in their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. The trio originally said farewell on a 1968 U.S. tour, and apart from a brief reunion in 2005 at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Madison Square Garden, Cream retained an almost mythological status in the music world, right up until the passing of Jack Bruce in 2014. This, for many fans, marked the end of an era and an acceptance that there would never really be another opportunity to celebrate the group's legacy. That is, until The Music of Cream emerged. And with the recent passing of Ginger Baker, the new trio (Kofi, Malcolm, Will) look forward to sharing more of their stories as well as Cream's incomparable music with fans, new and old, to keep Cream's legacy alive.

THE MUSIC OF CREAM - DISRAELI GEARS TOUR DATES

Friday, February 28

 

Victoria, BC @ McPherson Playhouse

Saturday, February 29

 

Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre

Sunday, March 1

 

Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House of Music

Tuesday, March 3

 

Seattle, WA @ Triple Door

Wednesday, March 4

 

Spokane, WA @ Bing Crosby Theater

Thursday, March 5

 

Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre

Friday, March 6

 

Mill Valley, CA @ Sweetwater Music Hall

Saturday, March 7

 

Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant and Music Club

Sunday, March 8

 

San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre

Tuesday, March 10

 

Folsom, CA @ Harris Center for the Arts

Wednesday, March 11

 

San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House

Saturday, March 14

 

Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

Sunday, March 15

 

Tucson, AZ @ Fox Tucson Theatre

Tuesday, March 17

 

Beaver Creek, CO @ Vilar Performing Arts Center

Thursday, March 19

 

Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre

Saturday, March 21

 

Greenville, TX @ Texan Theater

Sunday, March 22

 

Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon

Tuesday, Mach 24

 

Ponte Vedra, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

Wednesday, March 25

 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Parker Playhouse

Thursday, March 26

 

Lakeland, FL @ Youkey Theatre

Friday, March 27

 

Bonita Springs, FL @ Southwest Florida Event Center 

March 28-31

 

Miami, FL @ Flower Power Cruise

Thursday, April 2

 

Birmingham, AL @ Workplay

Friday, April 3

 

Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage

Monday, April 6

 

Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre

Tuesday, April 7

 

Annapolis, MD @ Rams Head On Stage

Thursday, April 9

 

Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere

Friday, April 10

 

Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre

Tuesday, April 14

 

Ridgefield, CT @ The Ridgefield Playhouse

Thursday, April 16

 

Huntington, NY @ The Paramount

Friday, April 17

 

Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater

Saturday, April 18

 

Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall

Sunday, April 19

 

Boston, MA @ The Wilbur

Tuesday, April 21

 

Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergel's Rhythm Grille

Friday, April 24

 

Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

Sunday, April 26

 

Chicago, IL @ Park West

Tuesday, April 28

 

Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater

Wednesday, April 29

 

Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

Friday, May 1

 

Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall

Sunday, May 3

 

Austin, TX @ 3Ten ACL Live

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