The UKâs Classic Rock awards are normally a relatively genteel affair for old rockers happy to be recognised in the autumns of their careers.
No-one obviously spread the message of bonhomie to Cream bassist Jack Bruce. In an astonishing outburst, he called Led Zeppelinâs reunion âlameâ and Jimmy Page a âcrapâ guitarist.
Bruce was attending the awards show to accept the Classic Album award for Creamâs Disraeli Gears, released in 1967, but it was his after-show interview which has made the headlines.
Bruce was speaking to Classic Rockâs writer Dave Ling.
Dave Ling: Itâs good news that there might be more from Cream?
Jack Bruce: âWell, the trouble is that Iâm doing so many amazing things on my own. Cream is just a band from many, many years ago, and we did do something [referring to the reunion shows in 2005]â¦
âEverybody talks about Led Zeppelin, and they played one fucking gig â one fucking lame gig â while Cream did weeks of gigs. Proper gigs, not just a lame gig like Zeppelin did, with all the [vocal] keys lowered and everything.
âWe played everything in the original keys. [Becoming animated]: Fuck off, Zeppelin, youâre crap. Youâve always been crap and youâll never be anything else. The worst thing is that people believe the crap that theyâre sold. Cream is 10 times the band that Led Zeppelin is.â
Ling: Thatâs a bold opinion.
Bruce: âWhat? Youâre gonna compare Eric Clapton with that fucking Jimmy Page? Would you really compare that?â
Ling: To be fair, theyâre different kinds of player, arenât they?
Bruce: âNo! Ericâs good and Jimmyâs crap. And with that I rest my case.â
At the earlier awards ceremony, other winners included:
Band Of The Year â Foo Fighters
Living Legend â Ozzy Osbourne
Showman Of The Year â Paul Stanley from Kiss
Event Of The Year â Led Zeppelin at Londonâs O2 (December â07)
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