Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cream bassist Jack Bruce’s funeral open to the public

Cream bassist Jack Bruce’s November 5 funeral will be open to the public.

Bruce passed away at his home in Suffolk on October 25 from liver disease.

“Jack Bruce's family would like to thank everyone for the kind words and messages from around the world with friends and fans sharing in their grief,” they posted. “Jack's private funeral will be held on Wednesday 5th November at 10am, Golders Green Crematorium, London. Jack always liked a good audience, so fans are welcome to cheer his arrival at the final 'gig'.”

“If people wish to send flowers, the family request fair trade or British flowers or a donation in Jack's memory to his chosen charity: East Anglian Children's Hospice Reference: Jack Bruce.”

The bassist reportedly died from liver disease, which he was originally diagnosed with in 2003. The rocker underwent a transplant which almost proved to be a fatal at the time: his body initially rejected the new organ but Bruce did eventually recover.

Rock’s first supergroup, Cream helped introduce a mixture of blues, hard rock and psychedelic rock when they burst upon the scene in 1966 with their debut album, “Fresh Cream.”

On November 25, Cream will release a career-spanning 6-LP vinyl box set.

“Cream: 1966-1972” features the band’s four studio and two live sets reissued with reproductions of original artwork on 180-gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl.

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