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Cream Bassist Says Reunion in the Works

By ALAN ROBINSON, Associated Press Writer

document.write(getElapsed("20070524T222947Z"));Thu May 24, 6:29 PMUPDATED 13 HOURS 33 MINUTES AGO

LONDON - Jack Bruce says Cream is once again rising to the top. The bassist for the legendary rock group told The Associated Press on Thursday that he agreed recently to play an unspecified show or shows later this year with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker.

Bruce would not say when the reunion would occur, but that it would not be the seven-continent Live Earth shows on July 7: "It's a bit later than that."

Bruce recently told the Scotsman newspaper there was no chance the band would reunite because of long-standing tension between him and Baker.

"Then, the next day, it came up we're doing something if I wanted to. Obviously, I'm not going to be the one to say no," Bruce told the AP during an appearance at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp.

Representatives for Clapton and Baker have not confirmed the reunion.

Infighting and ego clashes between Baker and Bruce go back decades, with Baker once firing his drum sticks at Bruce during a show and Bruce upending Baker's drum kit.

Clapton persuaded Bruce and Baker to reunite in 2005 after a 37-year split. But the ill will resurfaced, with Baker accusing Bruce of turning up his bass to deafening levels during a Madison Square Garden show, and Clapton appeared uncomfortable on stage.

However, Bruce played those 2005 shows about a year after receiving a liver transplant that kept him alive. He hopes another Cream reunion would be less physically and mentally stressful.

"I hadn't recovered properly yet, so I found it quite difficult," Bruce said. "Now I'm completely recovered so I would enjoy it more."

Bruce made an infrequent performance Thursday, playing Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" and "White Room" with former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke and Queen keyboardist Spike Edney before about 75 spectators at the Fantasy Camp. Bruce also played Cream songs with the camp's amateur bands, composed of about 50 rock fans who paid upward of $15,000 each for the privilege.

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i saw them at msg when the reunited in 2005... they were flat. i will not see them again...

IMO... clapton is overrated...

ok... i know i am in the minority... but that is how i feel. :D

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i saw them at msg when the reunited in 2005... they were flat. i will not see them again...

IMO... clapton is overrated...

ok... i know i am in the minority... but that is how i feel. :D

Is Clapton the guy that was married to the lady with one leg that was on dancing with the stars?

I get all these old rockers mixed up.

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Is Clapton the guy that was married to the lady with one leg that was on dancing with the stars?

I get all these old rockers mixed up.

your stupidity continues to amaze me. :D

Max just proved how un-cool he is.

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i saw them at msg when the reunited in 2005... they were flat. i will not see them again...

IMO... clapton is overrated...

ok... i know i am in the minority... but that is how i feel. :D

Man I used to love these guys.

Got the Royal Albert Hall DVD which I think is similar to the shows they did at MSG. It's fun to watch parts of it, but I can't stomach it all in one sitting.

Clapton was and still is a great blues player. And that's fine at that. I'd never knock the blues, it's great music. It's just that my favorite guitarists are more dimensional.

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Is Clapton the guy that was married to the lady with one leg that was on dancing with the stars?

I get all these old rockers mixed up.

your stupidity continues to amaze me. :D

GG - don't even try to educate him. He's too busy listening to 50 Cent Piece or The Stupendous B I G;)

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is ginger baker the best rock & roll drummer of all time? I think so.

he is awesome... and was best part of the reunion.. but is he the best or all time?

not sure... keith moon gets the vote from me...

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Bonham..hands down.

Bonham was a monster, wasn't he?

Moon was pretty monster like too.

Baker -technically brilliant.

There's so many great ones.

Ringo as well. A lot of people underestimated him.

Vinnie Colaiuta is one of the more amazing drummers around.

Guys like Mike Portnoy and Terry Bozzio = pretty damn good too.

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is ginger baker the best rock & roll drummer of all time? I think so.

For me, that comes down to a few.. Mitch Mitchell Bonham and Moon and Baker IMO, and the bonham video is broken in three parts prob because it's so long.

I'd love to be able to see them play live but pretty damn expensive. I saw clapton last year he's awesome. He aged quite well compared to a lot of the 60s rockers.

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