Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Insults Led Zeppelin
Band Photo: Led Zeppelin (?)
The Classic Rock Awards last night played host to a number of honours bestowed upon legendary bands and Cream was no exception. The legendary blues rockers picked up the award for Classic Album with "Disraeli Gears" but bassist Jack Bruce had a few choice words for Led Zeppelin. An excerpt from a quick-fire interview reads as follows:
Classic Rock: The Million Dollar Question, Are Cream going to do anything again?
Bruce: Oh yeah, I’m sure we will. But we’ll have Todd Rundgren [who’s just walked by] in the band by then.
Classic Rock: It’s good news that there might be more from Cream.
Bruce: Well, the trouble is that I’m doing so many amazing things on my own. Cream is just a band from many, many years ago, and we did do something [referring to the reunion shows in 2005]… Everybody talks about Led Zeppelin, and they played one fucking gig – one fucking lame gig – while Cream did weeks of gigs; proper gigs, not just a lame gig like Zeppelin did, with all the [vocal] keys lowered and everything. We played everything in the original keys. [Becoming animated]: Fuck off, Zeppelin, you’re crap. You’ve always been crap and you’ll never be anything else. The worst thing is that people believe the crap that they’re sold. Cream is 10 times the band that Led Zeppelin is.
Classic Rock: That’s a bold opinion.
Bruce: What? You’re gonna compare Eric Clapton with that fucking Jimmy Page? Would you really compare that?
Classic Rock: To be fair, they’re different kinds of player, aren’t they?
Bruce: No! Eric’s good and Jimmy’s crap. And with that I rest my case.
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