THE MUSIC OF CREAM Comes To MPAC
Prepare to hear personal stories and songs such as "Sunshine of Your Love," "Crossroads," "Spoonful" and "White Room" performed across a comprehensive set, which will also see BAKER (drums), BRUCE (bass, vocals) and JOHNS (guitar, vocals) interplay with footage of their fathers and mentors on the big screen, along with never-before-seen footage and photos. This multi-media concert experience has been specially created for the 50th Anniversary Tour, providing some of rock's most memorable moments with a new lease on life.
"We had such an amazing response to our first tour in Australia and New Zealand that we've spent some considerable time adding to the show," shares BRUCE. "Now, we not only have this amazing legacy of music to play, but an opportunity to share some wonderful insights and stories with our audience.a backstage pass like no other, if you will."
Adds BAKER, "We also have a few surprises in store that we know people are going to really respond to, so we can't wait to be on the road again playing these shows across North America this fall."
During its heartbreakingly short lifespan, Cream was an explosive musical cocktail that provided the super-group blueprint for others to follow. The group's third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), was the world's first platinum-selling double album, and collectively they 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.
Apart from an equally brief reunion in 2005 of seven shows 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 - 50TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR hit Australia and New Zealand last year.
Now, the trio of BAKER, BRUCE and JOHNS are looking forward to inspiring and re-igniting North America with their very own celebration of a musical legacy that runs through their veins.
Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich, and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey. The 2018-2019 season is made possible, in part, by a grant the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as support received from the F.M. Kirby Foundation and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals. The Mayo Performing Arts Center has been designated a Major Presenting Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Mayo Performing Arts Center was named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres, and is ranked in the top 50 mid-sized performing arts centers by Pollstar Magazine.