JACK BRUCE: Tributes Pour In
Clapton, Baker and many others remember the late Cream singer-bassist.
The tributes are pouring in for Jack Bruce, the singer and bassist in Cream who died Saturday at the age of 71 from liver disease.
Chief among them are his Cream bandmates, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.
Clapton says, “It is with great sadness that we learned that Jack Bruce had passed away at his home in England. He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me.”
And Baker, who had a love-hate relationship with Bruce, adds, “I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce… My thoughts and wishes are with his family at this difficult time.”
Clapton also posted on his website an acoustic instrumental performance for his friend called “For Jack.”
Others paying tribute include:
Ringo Starr, whose All-Starr Band Jack played in: “An incredible musician, writer and a good friend. Peace and love to all his family.”
Leslie West: “It is with great sadness that one of the world’s greatest musicians and bass players, who I had the honor of playing with in West, Bruce and Laing, Jack Bruce has died. I was hoping somehow that we might have gotten together one last time. Rest in Peace my friend.”
Tony Iommi: “A major influence in music and an amazing bass player and singer. He was a hero to so many.”
Geezer Butler: “So sad to hear of Jack Bruce passing. My biggest influence and favorite bass player. Thank you, Jack. RIP.”
Glenn Hughes: “RIP my beautiful friend Jack Bruce … Thanks for your amazing art … And being such an inspiration when I started playing bass: I love you.”
Paul Stanley: “RIP Jack Bruce. One of the true greats. Bass playing and singing in Cream influenced countless others who followed. Sad.”
Steve Lukather: “RIP Jack Bruce. I am honored to have known him. The world lost another legend.”
Brian May: “RIP Jack Bruce. So sad to hear this great pioneering rock musician is gone. Inspiring to us all…”
Paul Rodgers: “I saw Jack Bruce performing with Cream at the Kirk Levington near my hometown of Middlesborough in England. He was a great singer, fantastic bass player, an awesome harp player and one heck of a songwriter. A total inspiration. There is no one to replace him in the world. He has left an indelible mark on the heart of a generation. RIP.”
Jon Aderson: “One of Yes‘s first shows was the final concert of Cream in 1969 at the Albert Hall London. We were the opening act and it was a very large stage for us. I think we set up our gear more to the right of stage rather than center stage, and I remember feeling very small. When Cream came on stage they looked like giants and sounded like giants. The voice that propelled them was Jack Bruce. It was a mind expanding event for me, just amazing how he could sing so powerful and so clear. The band was superb on so many levels, but watching Jack sing, that was a lesson for me on many levels. I will never forget that night. Thanks for the memory Jack.”
Cindy Blackman-Santana, Jack’s drummer: “Jack Bruce – our band hero, great musician, legend and most of all an incredible friend & brother. It is with tears of sadness that I say goodbye to you in this realm and with tears of joy that I wish you a God Blessed journey into the next realm. Know always JB that you are loved, adored and admired! I love you now and always & miss you dearly already. RIP Jack!!!!!! Your sister, friend & bandmate, Cindy.”
Geddy Lee: “The sudden passing of Jack Bruce is terribly sad news. One of the greatest rock bassists to ever live and a true and profound inspiration to countless musicians. He was one of my first bass heroes and was a major influence on my playing and my music. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans.”