Jack Bruce, the bassist and lead singer of Cream, had some harsh words about Led Zeppelin following news of a possible reunion.
In an interview with Classic Rock Magazine, Bruce had this to say about Led Zeppelin, "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."
He later added, "What? You're gonna compare Eric Clapton with that fucking Jimmy Page? Would you really compare that?"
Harsh words considering the original question was about Cream possibly reuniting again like they did in 2005. On the plus side, he said they probably will. You can check out the full interview here.
Bruce later recanted his statements (well, sort of) on 94.7 WCSX, a Detroit radio station, saying, "I was just having some fun with the press gallery really being fairly tongue in cheek. The thing about Zeppelin is obviously it's a little bit of jealousy on my part, or more than a little bit because the audience was created by Cream and Jimi Hendrix this sort of very large audience then Zeppelin came along and had a very easy ride in that way. We were the pioneers and pioneers don't always get the recognition they deserve. On the other hand, let's face it: Jimmy Page ain't no Eric Clapton no matter what anybody thinks." He adds, "The only decent guy the one good guy in that band is dead so what are you gonna do? The trouble is if you say anything about the establishment In Britain you mustn't criticise the Queen or Led Zeppelin." The full interview can be heard here.
I really don't know what to make of this story. I mean, what do you say when a rock legend bashes other rock legends? All I can honestly think about right now is how awesome a bare-knuckle fight between Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page would be. Be honest, you'd pay to watch that.
Report by David Lowe-Bianco.