A special tribute concert took place at London’s Roundhouse venue last night (October 24) to mark the one-year anniversary of Jack Bruce’s death. The gig featured performances from a number of the Cream bassist’s friends and family, culminating in renditions of two of the band’s tracks, ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ and ‘We’re Going Wrong’.
Among the musicians to perform at the gig – which was also called Sunshine of Your Love – were Cream drummer Ginger Baker, Roxy Music lead guitarist Phil Manzanera, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Living Colour’s Vernon Reid and Bruce’s daughter Aruba Red. As pointed out by Rolling Stone, the event raised funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. Scroll down to watch audience-recorded footage of the show.
In a statement, Sunshine of Your Love musical director Nitin Sawhney said: “Jack Bruce was one of my biggest heroes when I was growing up – a consummate musician, composer and all round rock genius with a killer voice and one of the most creative and versatile musical minds of his generation.”
Bruce died of liver failure on October 25 of last year, aged 71. His Cream bandmates Baker and Eric Clapton attended his funeral at Golders Green Crematorium in London, as did Manzanera, Sawhney and Procol Harum frontman Gary Brooker.
The songs ‘Morning Has Broken’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and Bruce’s ‘Theme For An Imaginary Western’ were played at the service, as was a musical tribute written by Clapton. A floral tributes in the shape of a bass clef was on display.