Jack Bruce Says Led Zeppelin Slur Provoked Death Threats

Turns out former Cream bassist Jack Bruce severely underestimated the ire he would stir up when he lambasted Led Zeppelin in an interview last November.

Jack Bruce Says Led Zeppelin Slur Provoked Death Threats
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Turns out former Cream bassist Jack Bruce severely underestimated the ire he would stir up when he lambasted Led Zeppelin in a Gibson interview last November. Speaking at the time to the press at an awards ceremony, the veteran rocker said Led Zeppelin's O2 Arena reunion gig was "lame," adding that the band was "crap" and that "Cream is ten times the band Led Zeppelin is." Now, in an interview with the East Anglian Daily Times, Bruce reveals that threats against his life were made in the wake of those comments. "It was just a bit of fun and it was blown out of all proportion," he said. "Some Led Zeppelin fans were really angry at me and I had a few death threats they're not likely to find me out here though!" Bruce continued, "People like me tend to forget that with YouTube and Twitter, you can't say anything without it getting around the world. We always used to have a pop at other bands in the old days and that was all it was. It was like I had spoken out against the Queen or something. You obviously can't say anything against Led Zeppelin." Bruce is currently on tour with guitarist Robin Trower and drummer Gary Husband in support of the Seven Moons album he recorded with Trower last year. A new CD, Seven Moons Live, is scheduled for release Aug. 3, to be followed later in the year by a DVD. Further plans call for a follow-up studio album by the group, which Bruce characterizes as a "power trio" in the tradition of his legendary former band. He added that a reunion performance by Cream, who did a run of shows in 2005 at London's Royal Albert Hall and New York's Madison Square Garden, remains a possibility. Thanks for the report to Gibson.com.

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    maidenfan15
    The problem is that he didn't just say he dislikes LZ, he took shots at them. Like them or not, Led Zeppelin wasn't "lame" or "crap".
    Nonesta13
    i gotta say led zeppelin is way better than cream but yea ppl need to chill out...its just his opinion
    areese82
    I know Jack Bruce was joking but he is right...cream is way better than led zep
    zofo1973
    Poor Jackie Bruce no one gave a rats behind when Cream did their little reunion tour. Guess what Jackie? Jimmy Page is a rock god while Eric is just plain boring!!! Don't blame Jimmy if he knew how to put a band together and put his ego aside to create the greatest rock and roll band. You guys had your chance and blew it and you broke up for the same reason you trashed LZ because your big fat ego just can't acknowledge that someone is better... Saw Jimmy with the Black Crows in 2000 and he rocked and saw Eric in 98 and he put me to sleep.. he couldn't even do one solo.. BORING!!!!!
    Spaz91
    Cream > Led Zeppelin just like amoebas > people sending the threats.
    McFoss
    slaptasticdave wrote: Ricky4635 wrote: How can he say that Cream is ten times the band Led Zeppelin is with out Eric Clapton. Eric IS Cream. Clapton is not Cream. The three of them together are Cream. Have Clapton and any other bassists/drummers reached the level of "Spoonful" on Wheels of Fire? No, there Clapton =/= Cream end of story
    I could've sworn that I heard something about Bruce being the main songwriter.
    Santeria420
    We always used to have a pop at other bands in the old days and that was all it was.
    Zeppelin weren't multi generational Gods back then. Its one thing to take a swipe at a band when they're coming up, but when they've established an immense, enduring following, you gotta expect some heavy backlash. but of course, threatening to kill the dude is just ridiculous.
    MrChekov
    It was just Jack being Jack.... many of you people are what's lame....not all though ;
    MrChekov
    It was just Jack being Jack.... many of you people are what's lame....not all though ;
    ledzeppfann
    thats really lame. Zepp obviously arnt 'crap'... but death threats...wtf?! People need to stop taking bullshit like thi so seriously.
    epicaster
    i hate conceided people, but i love led zeppelin, cream and robin trower regardless
    slaptasticdave
    Ricky4635 wrote: How can he say that Cream is ten times the band Led Zeppelin is with out Eric Clapton. Eric IS Cream.
    Clapton is not Cream. The three of them together are Cream. Have Clapton and any other bassists/drummers reached the level of "Spoonful" on Wheels of Fire? No, there Clapton =/= Cream end of story
    WattsyBoy97
    Ricky4635 wrote: How can he say that Cream is ten times the band Led Zeppelin is with out Eric Clapton. Eric IS Cream.
    even though they're still not. but why would you call it crap thats just lame.
    Ricky4635
    How can he say that Cream is ten times the band Led Zeppelin is with out Eric Clapton. Eric IS Cream.
    edbert
    "lame", "crap", "Cream is ten times better than Led Zeppelin is." It does sound playful to me. People do need to chill the hell out.
    gnrluv
    maidenfan15 wrote: The problem is that he didn't just say he dislikes LZ, he took shots at them. Like them or not, Led Zeppelin wasn't "lame" or "crap".
    i agree
    metalheadblues
    Wtf for being like 100 yrs old thats really mature of the dude..led zeppelin are legends i never even heard about cream..jimmy page and the rock legends ftw
    Slap-happy
    metalheadblues wrote: Wtf for being like 100 yrs old thats really mature of the dude..led zeppelin are legends i never even heard about cream..jimmy page and the rock legends ftw
    Never heard of Cream? As a fan of both Cream and Led Zeppelin I can say that at least Cream didn't steal the majority of their catalogue from old blues songs and hope no one would notice.