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.

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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
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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
    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
    Dr Funkenstein
    Ha love it. Jack Bruce is a legend. Agree with most that he said though. Cream > Zeppelin Clapton > Page
    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.
    dayzofdesire
    haha...cream...compared to zeppelin...zeppelin would win hands down...no wonder he's butt hurt. i would be too...
    damskippy
    The Yardbirds paved the way for the Cream...so... technically Eric, Jimmy and Jeff all oughta give ol' Jackie a sound thrashing for riding their coat tails.
    ch3wy1113
    i really enjoy creams music, and eric claptons gutiar playing, but its undeniable that page is easily one of the greatest thats ever lived, and led zeppelin are incomparable to other bands they both put out better music, and did better than every other band of their time, and most bands today. this was really just a dick move on jack bruce is just a jealous bitter old man.
    Prince of Rinse
    To be fair, Cream are only really famous because of Sunshine of Your Love and Eric Clapton.Clapton is only famous because of bumming around with Hendrix. On the whole, Led Zep>Cream, but Pink Floyd > both.
    BlackRebelMC85
    Ya know, I like cream but Zeppelin is FAR better! Jack Bruce is just jealous b/c they werent as successful as Zeppelin and even more pissed b/c Clapton was the head honcho in cream and wrote everything. Chill out ya old bag of bones, nobody has cared about you since the late sixties and nothing has changed since then! Go do an album with Yanni or something like that b/c thats more up your alley.
    "Tele" Steve
    Wow. Why's he so bitter? Get over yourself, Jack Bruce. As I recall, I didn't think his singing was so hot from the Cream reunion video clips I watched.
    Eifler121
    Black Star wrote: Also, to all the people saying "How many songs does everybody know by Cream vs. Led Zeppelin?", most people know 3 songs by Zeppelin, and most of them only know that one of them is actually Led Zeppelin. As opposed to 2 songs by Cream (SOYL and White Room), which everybody knows is at least Eric Clapton.
    Most people don't know White Room. Also, Kashmir, Stairway, and I'm not sure what your third one is. But there are tons of Zep songs you hear on the radio. Ramble On, What is and What Should Never Be, Over the Hills and Far Away, All of My Love, The Ocean, Rock and Roll, Misty Mountain Hop, Dyer Maker, Heartbreaker/Livin' Lovin' Maid. I could play those to anyone who has at least heard classic rock and they would at least have heard the song. Whereas MOST people know Sunshine of Your Love, not necesasarily.
    syngates07
    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
    still, cream > led zep clapton > page strat > Les paul
    Robert I.
    A little jealous, perhaps? Lets face it: none of us would be alive without Led Zeppelin, and anyone who says otherwise can **** off
    Eifler121
    mattiwillohouse wrote: 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....
    I actually think Song Remains The Same was terrible, but Zeppelin is a lot better. I'm no Cream expert, but I have heard a lot of them. They seems to just do the hard rock thing, very riff based. Zep does it all. Folk, Hard Rock, Soft Rock. I very muchenjoy both, I'd probably say if Clapton died and not Jimi Hendrix he'd be #1 on everyone's list, but I think Zep is a better band.
    MetalliRage
    more like jack brice is crap. i love crem, but they r no way comparable to led zeppelin. also, page is better than clapton. yes i said it and its obvious y. page redefined hard rock guitar and is only an amazing soloists but is also a riff legend where his riffs will forever be stuck in ou head. also forgot to mention hes just plainly the best of his time in that era.
    Wiegraf
    I like both Cream and Led Zeppelin, though I think that Cream is really underrated today.
    chocolateTeddy
    wow wtf lmao hes right anything people say led zep they usually think about 1 thing but still wow to go out and say it so harsh damn
    heebblow101
    Page to me sounds like he is playing with broken fingers if you ask me. -Eddie Van Halen 1992
    sottpwn
    What a douche. Fair enough everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but there's no need to be a prick about it. Maybe Cream aren't as big as Zep for a reason?
    Tulkas
    He better kiss Clapton's ass, because riding Clapton's coattails is the only time he ever made any good music. I like Cream, I thought it was Clapton's best stuff, but they were/are/nor will be in the same league as Zeppelin. Yeah, they played more reunion shows, but nobody talked about them the way they did Zeppelin's single reunion show. Clapton and Ginger Baker made Cream, Jack was lucky he got to take the ride.
    kiss08
    i agree with some of what hes saying although led zeppelin are awesome cream are better and clapton and hendrix are god
    edbert
    demonsheep wrote: He must have been drunk, but Lol.
    +1, I still lost some respect for Jack Bruce though, he sounds like an immature jealous dick Zeppelin > Cream Page > Clapton (except if they were to battle today I think Clapton would win)
    Jimmy Wade
    I'm a fan of both Led Zeppelin and Cream. A fan of Page and Clapton. Saying Led Zeppelin are shit, is ridiculous. Cream had one really big song. Sunshine of your love. Led Zeppelin had tons. At least three amazingly influential songs on each album. Jack Bruce is a dick head. Clapton and Ginger made Cream. Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page are friends. I honestly think they are both good at their own fields. I honestly think this is ridiculous...
    Phe4rTheGod
    This is awesome...and to think I was the only one who hates zepplin...Cream is now my new fav. band...
    _person_
    oh and Jimmy Page WHOOPS Clapton's ASS at playing guitar no matter what YOU think!!!!!
    The_lizard_king
    jack bruce is just mad that his voice is shot now, well his voice may have got better over the last 3 years since the cream reunion im not sure, but that reunion his voice was shot. but I love his bass playing.
    Wiegraf
    Why did you guys even post this article? You must've know the inevitable shitstorm it would've caused.
    Shabalaba
    Gotta love the arguments this will bring, neither band is my favourite so i can see what he means about all the hype about the 1 gig they did at the O2 arena, too much fuss imo
    musiclover_92
    zeprulz5 wrote: Jack Bruce Of Cream Says Led Zeppelin Is 'Crap' The band have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide, including 111.5 million sales in the United States and they have had all of their original studio albums reach the U.S. Billboard Top 10, with six reaching the number one spot. 1977 Led Zeppelin set another attendance record with 76,229 people attending their Pontiac Silverdome concert on 30 April. It was, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest attendance to date for a single act show On 29 November 1999 the RIAA announced that the band were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums "Good Times Bad Times" "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" "Dazed and Confused" "Your Time Is Gonna Come" "Communication Breakdown" "How Many More Times" "Ramble On" "Moby Dick" "Bring It On Home" "Whole Lotta Love "What Is and What Should Never Be" "The Lemon Song" "Thank You" "Immigrant Song" "Since I've Been Loving You" "Gallows Pole" "Tangerine" "That's the Way" "Black Dog" "Rock and Roll" "Stairway to Heaven" "Misty Mountain Hop" "Going to California" "When the Levee Breaks" The Song Remains the Same" "The Rain Song" "Over the Hills and Far Away" "D'yer Mak'er" "No Quarter" "The Ocean" "Custard Pie" "The Rover" "In My Time of Dying" "Trampled Under Foot" "Kashmir" "In the Light" "Down by the Seaside" "Ten Years Gone" "The Wanton Song" "Black Country Woman" "Achilles Last Stand" "For Your Life" "Nobody's Fault But Mine" "Hots On for Nowhere" "Tea for One" "In the Evening" "South Bound Saurez" "Fool in the Rain" "Carouselambra" "All My Love" "Ozone Baby" "Darlene" "Bonzo's Montreux" "Wearing and Tearing" "Traveling Riverside Blues" "Hey Hey What Can I Do" JACK BRUCE RANTS ON JIMMY PAGE He later added, "What? Youre gonna compare Eric Clapton with that ****ing Jimmy Page? Jimmy Page acoustic guitar, electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo, Mandolin, Associated acts The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, The Firm, Coverdale-Page, Page and Plant, The Black Crowes We went in and recorded exactly where we were at that point in time. I think because of the quality of musicianship of the band has given it the longevity. I thought the music would endure, I didn't think I would.. I always thought I'd be dead by 30 then dead by 40 and on and on. Now I'm 55 so I didn't even die at 50. Jimmy Page quote I know how to get there, all I've got to do is keep playing. Jimmy Page quote The greatest satisfaction is not the decoration. It is knowing that I am able to help someone who needs help. Jimmy Page quote Page is mentioned in the Paul McCartney and Wings' song "Rock Show" with the line: "What's that man movin' 'cross the stage? It looks a lot like the one used by Jimmy Page. It's like a relic from a different age. Could be...Oo-Ee..." Page is mentioned by surname in the Neil Young song "Downtown" from his album Mirror Ball: "...Led Zeppelin on stage / there's a mirrorball twirlin' / and a note from Page..." Electric guitars 1959 Fender Telecaster (given to Page by Jeff Beck 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard (No. 1) Given to Page by Joe Walsh influencing a host of other guitarists.[12] For example, his sped up, downstroke guitar riff in "Communication Breakdown" is cited as guitarist Johnny Ramone's inspiration for his punk-defining, strictly downstroke guitar strumming, while Page's landmark guitar solo from the song "Heartbreaker" has been credited by Eddie Van Halen as the inspiration for his two-hand tapping technique after he saw Led Zeppelin perform in 1971. Page's solo in the famous epic "Stairway to Heaven" has been voted by readers of various guitar magazines, including Guitar World and Total Guitar, as the greatest guitar solo of all time, and he was named 'Guitarist of the Year' five years straight during the 1970s by Creem magazine. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Page #9 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a member of The Yardbirds (1992) and once as a member of Led Zeppelin 1995 In 2001 he was voted London's greatest guitarist in Total Guitar magazine's poll of the greatest 12 British guitarists. Enough said!
    nice work