HOW WAS IT FOR YOU?
From page 92 of Classic Rock Magazine January 2006
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry on Cream at Madison Square Garden.
“Jack Bruce was in great voice and it was great to hear the songs played by those guys. It never dawned on me that Cream were never really an arena band. They certainly packed out the houses, but they broke up before that big arena thing happened. So it was kind of ironic that they were playing songs moulded for smaller places.
I was surprised that Ginger played Toad . Being the jaded, old caricature of Spinal Tap that I am, and having lived through the 80s, I’m thinking, ‘Oh God, here comes another drum solo’. But then I go, ‘Wait a minute, this is the guy that invented it,’ and sure enough, about three minutes into it I really started to dig it – he kept it going and made the drums talk so I was really pleasantly surprised.
Eric played the way that Eric plays now – he didn’t go near what Cream was. He played Crossroads like when he goes out and plays it
acoustic. He sang really well, and there were a few times that he really reached out, but he didn’t really try to get Cream back, which is what the other guys did.
I could see why he didn’t want to go back, because he’s done it – and did it better than anybody. At one time he recorded some of the most dynamic guitar solos on record and he set the standard for a guitar tone for a lot of guitar players, even now. But now he’s moved on. He plays another kind of stuff, so you know, he didn’t want to re-create the old Cream.
I’ve never met him, and only know him by his work, but he’s always been on a path, he’s always been driven and he’s made some brilliant music since those days and he’s definitely progressed as a musician. There were a couple of times on the night when Eric’s tone was pretty good, where he really dug in, but I would have much preferred to have seen him play a Gibson. But I also know what it’s like on the other side of the fence and all I can say is; he’s the guy that he is and God bless him.”