Music of Cream 50th Anniversary World Tour Comes to the Des Moines Civic Center!
DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Performing Arts is pleased to present the Music of Cream — 50th Anniversary World Tour at the Des Moines Civic Center for one night only on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 15 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at (515) 246-2300.
Following their successful inaugural tour across Australia and New Zealand in 2017, the pedigree of hallowed ‘60s trio Cream — Ginger Baker’s son Kofi Baker, Jack Bruce’s son Malcom Bruce and Eric Clapton’s nephew* Will Johns — have come together for the first time in North America to pay homage to the band’s extraordinary legacy with The Music of Cream — 50th Anniversary World Tour. The eight-week outing — kicking off September 28 in Ottawa and spanning 34 cities throughout North America this fall — will mark 50 years since the original lineup’s farewell U.S. tour of 1968.
Having received rave reviews in Australia and New Zealand from the media and fans alike, The Music of Cream — 50th Anniversary World Tour is primed to take over North America and celebrate the music and legacy their family members created. Prepare to hear personal stories and songs such as “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Crossroads,” “Spoonful” and “White Room” performed across a comprehensive set, which will also see Baker (drums), Bruce (bass, vocals) and Johns (guitar, vocals) interplay with footage of their fathers and mentors on the big screen, along with never-before-seen footage and photos. This multi-media concert experience has been specially created for the 50th Anniversary Tour, providing some of rock’s most memorable moments with a new lease on life.
“We had such an amazing response to our first tour in Australia and New Zealand that we’ve spent some considerable time adding to the show,” shares Bruce. “Now, we not only have this amazing legacy of music to play, but an opportunity to share some wonderful insights and stories with our audience…a backstage pass like no other, if you will.”
Adds Baker, “We also have a few surprises in store that we know people are going to really respond to, so we can’t wait to be on the road again playing these shows across North America this fall.”
During its heartbreakingly short lifespan, Cream was an explosive musical cocktail that provided the super-group blueprint for others to follow. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), was the world’s first platinum-selling double album, and collectively they sold more than 15 million copies of their albums worldwide. Not surprisingly, Rolling Stone ranked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group (inducted in 1993) as 67th in their ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time’ list.
Apart from an equally brief reunion in 2005 of seven shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Madison Square Garden, Cream retained an almost mythological status in the music world, right up until the passing of Jack Bruce in 2014. This, for many fans, marked the end of an era and an acceptance that there would never really be another opportunity to celebrate the group’s legacy. That is, until the Music of Cream — 50th Anniversary World Tour hit Australia and New Zealand last year.
Now, the trio of Baker, Bruce and Johns are looking forward to inspiring and re-igniting North America with their very own celebration of a musical legacy that runs through their veins.
For additional information about Music of Cream, please visit DMPA.org.
About Des Moines Performing Arts
Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 39 years of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on three stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater and the Temple Theater. The organization also operates Cowles Commons (formerly Nollen Plaza), a longtime Des Moines landmark currently under redesign and renovation. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit DMPA.org.