Cream’s Jack Bruce Received Death Threats
When legendary bass player Jack Bruce put the boot into Led Zeppelin at last year’s Classic Rock Awards, he completely underestimated how Zep fans would react.
Jonathan Barnes from East Anglian Daily Times is reporting:
Suffolk-based music legend Jack Bruce has revealed how he received death threats after daring to criticise rock giants Led Zeppelin.
The 66-year-old former Cream bassist made headlines across the world in May after describing the band who reunited for a one-off concert in 2007 as “crap”.
Speaking to the press at the 2008 Classic Rock Roll Of Honour, Bruce described Led Zeppelin reunion gig at London’s 02 Arena as “lame” and chided them: “You’re crap and you’ll never be anything else. Cream is 10 times the band Led Zeppelin is.”
Bruce picked up the Classic Album award for Cream’s Disraeli Gears at last year’s Classic Rock awards.
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Bruce, who lives near the Suffolk-Essex border, said he could not believe the furore his comments caused.
“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!
“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 said Cream – made up by guitar legend Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker – were originally lined up to play the Ahmet Ertegun memorial concert that ended up as Led Zeppelin’s comeback but had pulled out when the event became too commercial.