Jack Bruce Of Cream Says Led Zeppelin Is 'Crap'

Jack Bruce, the bassist and lead singer of Cream, had some harsh words about Led Zeppelin following news of a possible reunion.

Jack Bruce Of Cream Says Led Zeppelin Is 'Crap'
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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.

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    GoDrex
    Jack Bruce = dick Clapton is great but never did it for me. I find his playing boring. Cream was a great band, but most of their stuff sounds dated and much of Zeppelin's stuff is timeless.
    roarinflames
    jealousy sucks too bad page would beat clapton to a pulp easily i respect claptons playing ability but enjoy page's much more and not even just the early zepellin stuff i love his page and plant also
    mattiwillohouse
    just watch 'The Song Remains the Same' and see Jimmy's solo to Stairway. I don't give a shit about Plant, Bonham or Jones - but DO NOT EVER slate Jimmy.. ****ing moron how can he say that about a legend and expect to be taken seriously. Cream were good but he's just a jealous bastard cos more people like Zep. Clapton is also a legend, and theres room on earth for both of them, god knows the 60's/70's would have been a damn sight more boring without them....
    Lapidus
    a legend? This gentleman is a legendary @sshole Cream=bad drugs and bad music
    IlikeMetal
    I think this guy was quite serious...especially after reading the original interview. He just seemed to go completely off on a tangent about Zeppelin when really there was no reason at all to bring them up. I think someone just feels a little "inadequate" about the "size" of their place in rock history.
    Led-747
    Led Zeppelin beat Cream in every category every day of the week, twice on Sunday. Led Zeppelin is as much a pioneer as Cream was, and until you see Led Zeppelin tithing and demanding tribute from Rush, Iron Maiden and Whitesnake. And I seem to recall John Paul Jones could outplay Jack Bruce any day. On any instrument. So, Jack Bruce can act like a mature adult musician, or if he wants to savor meaningless feuds with artists more famous than them, he can get into Hip-Hop, where this bullshit belongs. And the only band where all the good musicians are dead is the Beatles.
    Zeppelin Addict
    pff you cant compare page to clapton... page is an incredible guitarist... sure clapton is ok but no where near as impressive as far as memorable guitar parts and songs as page... stairway anybody? achilles last stand anybody? black dog... song remains the same... kashmir... some of the most epic songs in history that page had a hand in... sure clapton had his share but theyre nowhere near as well known as any zep tunes... then the matter of the landslide of which zeppelin would win over cream... remarkable bruce could even say such a thing.. must be old age... zep> other notable bands MUCH better then cream> some lesser underrated bands STILL better then cream> cream> lulz faLlOuT BoI fUR da wInz
    Savage Animal
    I'd like to see someone logically argue how Led Zeppelin is better than Cream. And don't bring popularity into it because that has nothing to do with the quality of the music. Jack Bruce is a ****ing legend at bass and Led Zeppelin is terribly overrated. Plus, Page is incredibly sloppy and repetitive. Clapton is a legend. Cream/Blind Faith/Derek & the Dominos > anything Page will ever do
    Hinro
    Clapton is 1000 times more versatile than page
    What? What about the sheer volume of studio work Page did? Multiple artist, multiple genres, all great work. Page has a huge volume of work outside of Zeppelin, that most people don't see. That aside, it's never cool for one band to put down another. Both are trying to achieve the same thing, and it's not like they're competing anymore.
    Tyler Durden
    whatever....what a jealous douche bag 300 Million plus albums sold worldwide and Zepp is crap huh? Jack needs to lay off the "Jack" and get his head out of his ass...Cream was nothing without Clapton, and as good as he is - Clapton is no "God" on guitar
    Clutch32192
    "Everybody talks about Led Zeppelin, and they played one ****ing gig one ****ing 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, youre crap. Youve always been crap and youll never be anything else. The worst thing is that people believe the crap that theyre sold. I agreed up till this next part Cream is 10 times the band that Led Zeppelin is." He later added, "What? Youre gonna compare Eric Clapton with that ****ing Jimmy Page? Would you really compare that?" That is where he went 2 far for me, Cream is no Led Zeppelin & Eric Clapton is no Jimmy Page
    Brendan.Clace
    Don't get me wrong, cream rocks and they are amazing musicians.... but "**** led zeppelin they are crap"....what's that all about? If this man is speaking on behalf of the whole band, he needs to get his shit straight.
    fireoptic
    I agree in some respects. The Zeppelin reunion was CRAP. Zeppelin should not reunite, especially with Plant. Plant has sucked live since about 76. Although, Cream's reunion wasn't much better. Cream used to play hard-driven blues, but Clapton has become too mellow in his playing. I didn't know Bruce was such a bitter old man.
    Dr Funkenstein
    Ha love it. Jack Bruce is a legend. Agree with most that he said though. Cream > Zeppelin Clapton > Page
    dayzofdesire
    haha...cream...compared to zeppelin...zeppelin would win hands down...no wonder he's butt hurt. i would be too...
    Hakamoto
    Dr Funkenstein wrote: Ha love it. Jack Bruce is a legend. Agree with most that he said though. Cream > Zeppelin Clapton > Page
    Cream better than Zeppelin? You're crazy. Just because you were the first to do something, doesn't mean your the best at it. And trying to compare Clapton to Page is like comparing a Strat to a Les Paul. They are both legends.
    randyaintdead82
    David_Bowie=GOD : Moonie2655 wrote: Fuck Led Zeppelin and Cream. Long Live The Who! amen + 5 Bajillion Pete Townshend> both
    randyaintdead82
    Bucketheadroolz : wow... i think eric clapton is a rock god. he was they first very good white guy to play blues. jimmy page is my favorite guitarist, besides buckethead. i think both are extremely good. John bonham is dead....and he is the best drummer of all time, besides ringo starr. but you cant compare cream to led zeppelin. cream is mostly blues with the slight exception to layla. but led zeppelin is rock and roll with jimmy page playing blues style guitar. jimmy is what made me want to learn blues. now queen is crap. they have 0, zero, tallant what so ever.... the guy talking is a good bassist, but not flea or paul mcCartney. he needs to keep some of his opinions to himself. and i dont believe eric would say such things.. is clapton still friends with page??? cuz jimmy page should play with eric clapton ringo and McCartney and form the mopst superior super band ever! Now tell me you meant to say Cream instead of Queen Queeen just basically owns any band in this article
    srvkicks@$$
    damn hippie. he thinks that ppl care about his opinion; really cream was known for clapton not this shrivled up loser. and this crap about clapton greater than page????? clapton is known for a few nice blues solos but page kicks ass, almost everybody that hears his solos agrees. sombody should shove a dildo up this jack's ass and light wats left of his dick on fire to teach him a lesson for insulting page
    John74
    Zeppelin > Cream Clapton > Page (not that Page is anything to spit at)
    darrenjables
    I'm afraid to say something because it might get deleted for spam... But just this: Zeppelin: 300 Millions Albums Sold - 1968 Cream: 35 Million Albums Sold - 1966
    Guitargod327
    Page > Clapton ANYTIME,ANYWHERE. AND THAT THE BOTTOM LINE. My bad, THIS _____ iS THE BOTTOM LINE.
    FlyinHigh26
    This comment page is the perfect example of what ignorant fanboyism can do to rational people. What was an article about one man bashing Led Zeppelin has turned into a band vs band thread, which will ALWAYS go nowhere, and, as this website goes, turns into a phallic measuring contest between guitarists. Matter of fact, why are people even talking about Clapton? He had nothing to do with this! This is just proof that fanboys will take any opportunity to piss on anything and anyone who doesn't like their favorite band. Anyway, I think Bruce is way out of line with the viciousness of his comments. Just because you don't like someone or something doesn't mean it's okay to be an ass about it on the record.
    gerbtastic
    Clapton is legit blues (obv.)...Page, though sloppy at times, is much more versatile as far as styles go. And since when does being a good blues player automatically trump what other guitarist bring to the table...seriously i want to know. On that note...as far as blues are concerned Clapton can suck both of Hendrix's nuts.
    zapatista89
    captaincrunk wrote: Hakamoto wrote: Dr Funkenstein wrote: Ha love it. Jack Bruce is a legend. Agree with most that he said though. Cream > Zeppelin Clapton > Page Cream better than Zeppelin? You're crazy. Just because you were the first to do something, doesn't mean your the best at it. And trying to compare Clapton to Page is like comparing a Strat to a Les Paul. They are both legends. Clapton is 1000 times more versatile than page
    what a ****ing joke that last statement was. Could Clapton have written kashmir? no, Achilles Last Stand? no. Could he have produced all the earlier led zeppelin albums? could he ****!
    Slashness
    Layla was by Derek and the Dominoes. And also Led Zeppelin was the greatest band to ever walk this earth
    Savage Animal
    CelestialChaos wrote: Savage Animal wrote: I'd like to see someone logically argue how Led Zeppelin is better than Cream. And don't bring popularity into it because that has nothing to do with the quality of the music. Jack Bruce is a ****ing legend at bass and Led Zeppelin is terribly overrated. Plus, Page is incredibly sloppy and repetitive. Clapton is a legend. Cream/Blind Faith/Derek & the Dominos > anything Page will ever do Led Zeppelin is better because 1) They are more diverse 2) They rocked harder 3) John Paul Jones > Jack Bruce 4) Robert Plant > wannabe singer Jack Bruce 5) and most importantly, making a good song I like both Cream and Zeppelin, but Bruce is being a whiny, jealous bastard. Get over yourself, John Paul Jones could play you under the table.
    1. Cream is more diverse than you think, but they are more heavily rooted in the blues 2. Rocked harder? Cream ****ing JAMMED and Clapton could wail like no other 3. Jack Bruce is much more talented, and he used to have an amazing voice. although I have respect for John Paul Jones 4. Robert Plant is a great singer, but I don't think his voice would've suited Cream's music. And vice versa. But I love the Clapton/Bruce vocal interchanges 5. Making a good song? Listen to Wheels of Fire and Disraeli Gears. Those are perfect albums. Led Zeppelin is a good band, but they are SERIOUSLY OVERRATED and for proof, just look to the comments on this site. I want to facepalm myself when I see people saying "Who is Jack Bruce?". Just because they're more famous doesn't necessarily mean they're a better band, from a musical standpoint.
    Kegan
    Cream is as good as Led Zeppelin, but Page is ten times the guitarist Clapton is. Clapton never ventures from the stale rock and roll-blues genre, but Jimmy integrated distortion and unique styles into his music. Listen to "Wonderful Tonight" or "Sunshine of your Love" and then listen to "Heartbreaker" and "Over the Hills and Far Away" and tell me which guitarist knows the blues scale by instinct and which one knows the blues scale by instinct and how to carry a song along in a creative way. After Cream, Eric lost it.
    GIBSONroks6167
    jealous much? jesus...CREAM IS 10 TIMES BETTER THAN LED ZEPPELIN!! WE WORKED SO MUCH HARDER AND NOBODY CARES, BUT THAT OBVIOUSLY MEANS WERE GREAT AND ZEPPELIN IS CRAP!! ahahaha made my life. wat a loser cream just rode the success of clapton, while zep had plant, jimmy, AND bonzo.
    Filip413
    I sense a bit of jealousy. What a bitter old fool comparing the likes of 2 great bands and 2 great guitarists, i'm sure the 2 probably wouldn't want to be compared in the first place. That's not what its about man. Any respect I had for this guy has just gone. Sorry Bruce but you crossed the line there
    lbj273
    I have to admit everything he says is true, Clapton is far better than Page.
    Badmotorfever
    "The worst thing is that people believe the crap that theyre sold. Cream is 10 times the band that Led Zeppelin is."
    Right. So when was the last time 1,000,000 people tried to get hold off Cream reunion tickets...and remember, one member has to be dead too.
    azure21
    they're both amazing bands but led zeppelin are real rockers, rock n roll is a attitude, its about the music, not about whos bigger, that guy is a good musician but hes a ****in prick, im sure clapton and page dont even want to be compared
    Apocalypse4162
    Eric Clapton was good at bringing out the most emotion through the least notes, Jimmy Page was faaast, which is good in his case. Jimmy Page is an incredible human, composing and producing most of Led Zeppelins stuff all the while playing the guitar for the band and being able to play smashed lol. Eric Clapton is a god though, I still don't understand how he can make me feel certain ways with just one perfectly placed note. The gift of that man...
    Randompzycho
    even if he was not correct this would still be hilarious, and honestly you can't compare Eric Clapton to page
    phlip999
    ok, let's tally: Cream has Layla, Sunshine of your love, Crossroad blues Zep has Whole lotta love, Stairway, Rock and roll, Black dog, Kashmir, Heartbreaker, etc. Zep= Rock legend Cream= Originator Zep therefore wins the popularity contest. Congrats. BTW, Clapton still gets my vote as a better guitarist, but Cream is still the lesser band
    æTonyæ
    clapton > page cream > zeppelin not that zeppelin or page is complete crap but as it has been said many people that say that led zeppelin is the best thing ever aren't really knowledgeable about the band...strange to say but even as a mostly heavy metal listener i could listen to cream longer than i could led zeppelin...go figure