Watch Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” Farewell Performance
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Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker made their final bow as members of Cream in 1968 at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall. Cream was the world’s first supergroup and though their career as a band was short-lived, they still managed to make their mark in rock. And more importantly, they went out with a bang.
Formed in 1966, they were only together for two years before they called it quits. On the front, they seemed like the perfect group because each member was virtuoso. But it wasn’t easy for them to get along because sometimes, massive talent meant massive egos.
And so in October 1968, Cream embarked on what would become their “farewell” tour. They wrapped up the trek with a pair of shows at Royal Albert Hall.
“Before the gig started, I just wanted to get it over with, but once I was up on stage, I became quite excited,” Clapton wrote in his 2007 autobiography. “I thought it was great that we could do this and keep our heads high, and walk away from the whole thing with a fair amount of good grace.”
Bruce recalled, “There was a feeling of regret but nobody was able to step forward and say ‘Oh, let’s not do this!'”
BBC filmed these shows and released into a rockumentary the following year. Watch their performance below.