Ginger Baker: ‘Gary Moore Needs A Psychiatrist’
Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker says playing with Gary Moore “finished rock’n’roll for me”.
In an interview in the latest issue of Classic Rock, Baker calls Moore “the Pampered Pompadour Of Pop”, reckons his playing is “contrived” and says he once recommended that the six-stringer should see a psychiatrist.
In 1994, Baker linked up with Moore and Cream bassist Jack Bruce to form a band called BBM. (See what they did there?)
“The sessions we did delighted everyone,” Ginger recalls, “even though he [Bruce] was acting like my boss again and treating me as a session player.
“A tour was suggested; I’d get £50,000 a gig. What I didn’t realise was that Gary Moore was playing so loud that he blew his ears – just as Jack had done to me. More gigs were cancelled than played. And they were awful anyway.
“Unlike Cream, everything with Gary Moore was contrived. Every solo he played was the same. I like to improvise.
“Unbeknown to me they organised a rehearsal at Brixton Academy, and when I got there I could hear Gary Moore’s guitar outside on the street. We played it note-perfect, as usual – should have been the fucking gig.
“The next day his manager phones me and says Gary’s blown his ears again and they’ve taken him to the doctor. I said: ‘Why don’t you take him to a fucking psychiatrist, cos that’s what he needs.’ That wasn’t the right thing to say to Mr God Almighty.”
Fifteen years later, the BBM experience still throws Ginger in a rage.
“That was a terrible time, playing with the Pampered Pompadour Of Pop. One gig was cancelled when he [Moore] cut his finger opening a fucking tin. Eric [Clapton] would have put a plaster on and played. Oh no, not Gary.
“And, again, it was so loud I had to have baffle boards on either side. I hate volume. Why does rock music have to be so loud? That was rock’n’roll finished for me.”
* For more grumblings from the irascible drummer, check out the March edition of Classic Rock (issue 142), on sale now.