Music world reacts to the death of Cream bassist Jack Bruce

Slash, Flea, Brian May, Tony Iommi and Ringo Starr among stars to pay tribute to Bruce

Ringo Starr, Slash and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea have lead tributes to Jack Bruce, the Cream bassist who died this weekend aged 71.

As reported, Bruce passed away on Saturday, October 25 of liver failure. Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Sean Lennon, Brian May, Questlove of The Roots and KISS member Paul Stanley are among those to have paid tribute.

Bruce’s former bandmate Eric Clapton said: “[He was] a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me.” The guitarist followed up the post with a short acoustic track titled ‘For Jack’.

Cream drummer Ginger Baker said: “I am very sad to learn of the loss of a fine man, Jack Bruce… My thoughts & wishes are with his family at this difficult time.”

Bruce, Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker formed the hugely influential band Cream in 1966 and quickly released four albums that included the hits ‘I Feel Free’, ‘Strange Brew’, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ and ‘White Room’.

Cream split in November 1968 but Bruce continued to record music under his own name, releasing 14 solo albums in total. The most recent of these, ‘Silver Rails’, was released in March 2014.