CREAM: Farewell 50 Years Ago

Rock's first super-group, Cream, played its farewell show at London's Royal Albert Hall 50 years ago today (Monday). Earlier in the month (11/4), the trio had played its final U.S. show was in Providence, Rhode Island, but the band arrived late and, due to local restrictions, was only allowed to do two songs: the drum showcase "Toad" and a 20-plus minute version of "Spoonful."

Their final shows at the Royal Albert Hall, November 25th and 26th, 1968, were filmed for a BBC documentary and released on video (and later DVD) as Farewell Concert. Yes opened both shows.

The trio of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce didn't perform again until 1993, when Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, they played four reunion shows at the Royal Albert Hall and three at New York's Madison Square Garden. Bruce died in 2014.

Eric Clapton on being in Cream:

 

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