Sons of 60s rock bands Cream and Bluesbreakers stage revival gig
The sons of two of the most iconic rock and blues groups of the 1960s are joining forces in a unique live gig paying tribute to the legacy of their famous fathers.
The Beano Bluesbreakers and Sons of Cream are to revive the music of blues group John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and the world’s first rock super-group, Cream.
Billed as “nothing like your regular tribute bands”, next month’s gig at the 100 Club in Oxford Street promises to give new and old rock and blues enthusiasts a novel take on the music that earned worldwide fame.
Cream was known for its pioneering psychedelic rock sound produced by trio Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton.
Despite only lasting three years before splitting in 1968, the band’s popularity led them to become the first in the world to produce a platinum-selling double album – Wheels of Fire.
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Jack Bruce’s son Malcolm has formed Sons of Cream along with Kofi Baker and Eric Clapton’s nephew Will Johns.
Having just completed more than 40 dates on a US tour, the group hopes to build on the music their fathers spearheaded.
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Bruce, who lives in Crouch End, said: “We’re not a tribute band as our music isn’t a verbatim repetition of what Cream did – it’s more organic.
“We’re all artists in our own right and involved in a great mix of projects but Sons of Cream is about continuing the work our fathers and uncle started.
“I think Kofi and I capture the mood and energy of our dads but add our own distinctive styles.
“There’s also a lot of improvisation and moving around the original music, so it’s unique.”
Likewise, The Beano Bluesbreakers do not consider themselves carbon-copies of John Mayall’s seminal blues band, which recorded in the now closed Decca Studios in Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead.
Sonny Flint, son of Bluesbreaker drummer Hughie Flint, who lives in Highgate, said: “Obviously, music has been a big part of our lives but strangely I didn’t learn drums from my dad – he had more of a jazz background whereas I was more interested in rock. We formed in August last year after deciding it would be a fantastic way to keep the old music alive and fresh.
“After spending some time trying to find the right mix of musicians we’ve started doing a few gigs around the country and love the reception.”
Although the group’s dads are not confirmed guests for the 100 Club gig, they regularly collaborate on other projects and are an undeniable influence.
“We love our parents to bits and my dad’s always been supportive,” said Bruce. “Coming from a ‘rock ‘n’ roll, women ‘n’ wine’ family, it did get a tad dysfunctional at times but we’ve survived relatively unharmed.”
With their shows taking original songs in new directions, both groups say audiences are a mix of the older generation who fell in love with the original bands and a younger crowd interested in new and improvised sounds.
Tickets are reportedly selling very well, so if you’d like to see what the fuss is all about, Sons of Cream, supported by Beano Bluesbreakers, will be playing live at the 100 Club in Oxford Street from 7:30–11pm on November 12.
Advanced tickets are £16 from http://www.the100club.co.uk/gigs/sons-of-cream.