Cream’s Eric Clapton Announces Ginger Baker Tribute Concert

Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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On February 17th, 2020 Eric Clapton, the last surviving member of Cream, will host a concert to pay tribute to drummer Ginger Baker.

Baker, who Clapton also played alongside in post Cream supergroup Blind Faith, died earlier this October.

While it has been confirmed that the venue will be London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Clapton has yet to announce the artists appearing.

What is known though is that all proceeds will be donated to Leonard Cheshire, a charity closely associated with Ginger and the Baker family.

Rolling Stone has reported that the concert has the blessing of the Baker estate, who are reportedly “delighted”.

Clapton, alongside Cream’s Jack Bruce (who passed away in 2014) didn’t always have the easiest relationship with Baker who’s drug addiction and cantankerous personality often created tension.

There had always been problems between Ginger and myself,” Bruce shared in the years before his death. “We’re kind of like brothers. When it’s nice it’s great, but then sometimes, it can go really wrong.”

Talking with Uncut Magazine in 2012, Clapton described playing in Cream with Baker and Bruce as “a confrontational situation 24 hours a day”.

Tickets to the Baker tribute will be on sale Friday, November 29.

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