Jack Bruce was joking about Led Zeppelin… or was he?
Jack Bruce of Cream (pictured above) was in London Monday night at the Classic Rock Awards to accept the award for Classic Album for Cream’s Disraeli Gears.
As you probably read on the Clog yesterday, Bruce told Dave Ling of Classic Rock magazine:
“Everybody talks about Led Zeppelin, and they played one fucking gig – one fucking lame gig – while Cream did weeks of gigs; proper gigs, not just a lame gig like Zeppelin did, with all the [vocal] keys lowered and everything.
“We played everything in the original keys. [Becoming animated]: Fuck off, Zeppelin, you’re crap. You’ve always been crap and you’ll never be anything else. The worst thing is that people believe the crap that they’re sold. Cream is 10 times the band that Led Zeppelin is.”
Wednesday morning the JJ & Lynne Morning Show at 94.7 WCSX (a Detroit radio station) called Jack at his home in London, where he clarified his comments:
“I was just having some fun with the press gallery really… being fairly tongue in cheek.
“The thing about Zeppelin is obviously it’s a little bit of jealousy on my part, or more than a little bit because the audience was created by Cream and Jimi Hendrix… this sort of very large audience… then Zeppelin came along and had a very easy ride in that way.
“We were the pioneers and pioneers don’t always get the recognition they deserve. On the other hand, let’s face it: Jimmy Page ain’t no Eric Clapton… no matter what anybody thinks.”
Bruce also had this to say (jokingly) about Zeppelin:
“The only decent guy… the one good guy in that band is dead… so what are you gonna do? The trouble is if you say anything about the establishment… In Britain you mustn’t criticise the Queen or Led Zeppelin.”
You can listen to the entire interview here. Just click on the Podcast link.