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THE MUSIC OF CREAM Announces 2020 Disraeli Gears Tour/ Pittsburgh @Jergel’s April 21

40-Date North American Tour

February 28th through May 3rd 
 

Tickets On Sale Friday, October 18th

“[The Music of Cream] are a tight and very powerful trio…The show is a must see for any Cream fan. It will knock your socks off.” – Goldmine Magazine

“This band does a great job of not only paying tribute to the music but ‘keeping it alive.’” – Glide Magazine

“What sets this show apart is probably the shared DNA between the players and the members of Cream…If you’re a fan of Cream, [catch] this tour if it comes to your town.” – VintageRock.com

“This trio has the talent to live up to the Cream legacy, and they do amazing things with the material. Rather than simply replicate the original recordings and arrangements, they take the music to new places, creating a fresh, in-the-moment concert experience…Music of Cream is an amazing new take on this classic repertoire, played by three men deeply connected to its makers, who invest these songs with plenty of passion, energy, skill and conviction.”

– Best Classic Bands

Los Angeles, CA – October 15, 2019 – The Music of Cream,the pedigree of hallowed ‘60s trio CreamKofi 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, AtlantaAnnapolis, Long Island, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee, Omaha andall 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 Gearsdefined 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 GearsGinger 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

Above (L-R): Will Johns, Kofi Baker, Malcolm Bruce

Photo Credit: The Music of Cream

For more information on The Music of Cream, visit:

www.musicofcream.com

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