Clapton Better Than Page? Cream Better Than Led Zep? Jack Bruce Hates Led Zeppelin!

Rock legend Jack Bruce, of Cream fame, recently attacked Led Zeppelin, calling them “lame” and saying that Jimmy Page is “crap”.

So…who’s better? Eric Clapton or Jimmy Page? Post your views on our Forum.

News just in from Music Radar: The UK’s 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 Zeppelin’s reunion “lame” and Jimmy Page a “crap” guitarist.

Bruce was attending the awards show to accept the Classic Album award for Cream’s Disraeli Gears, released in 1967, but it was his after-show interview which has made the headlines.

Jack Bruce: Great singer, bassist and…controversialist!

Bruce was speaking to Classic Rock’s writer Dave Ling.

Dave Ling: It’s good news that there might be more from Cream?
Jack Bruce: “Well, the trouble is that I’m 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]…

“Everybody talks about Led Zeppelin, and they played one fucking gig – one fucking lame gig – while Cream did weeks of gigs. Proper gigs, not just a lame gig like Zeppelin did, with all the [vocal] keys lowered and everything.

“We played everything in the original keys. [Becoming animated]: Fuck off, Zeppelin, you’re crap. You’ve always been crap and you’ll never be anything else. The worst thing is that people believe the crap that they’re sold. Cream is 10 times the band that Led Zeppelin is.”

Ling: That’s a bold opinion.
Bruce: “What? You’re gonna compare Eric Clapton with that fucking Jimmy Page? Would you really compare that?”

Ling: To be fair, they’re different kinds of player, aren’t they?
Bruce: “No! Eric’s good and Jimmy’s crap. And with that I rest my case.”

At the earlier awards ceremony, other winners included:

Band Of The Year – Foo Fighters
Living Legend – Ozzy Osbourne
Showman Of The Year – Paul Stanley from Kiss
Event Of The Year – Led Zeppelin at London’s O2 (December ’07)

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~ by dolphinblog on November 6, 2008.

8 Responses to “Clapton Better Than Page? Cream Better Than Led Zep? Jack Bruce Hates Led Zeppelin!”

  1. Holy Schmokes!!

    The last time someone publicly dissed Zep was Sammy Hagar and he got a shit-ton of hate mail!!

  2. He’s old. he hasn’t had a hit record in years, and the Cream reunion thing didn’t work out so well. So he’s cranky. He’s also wrong. I love Clapton’s playing, but Jimmy is a different beast. To hear him launch into Whole Lotta Love on a Les Paul is to hear the guitar at its heart-stopping, spine-shivering, best.

  3. Ouch.
    I guess some people grow old gracefully, and others become angry, bitter and senile.

  4. eric clapton was the highlight of cream anyways, this guy was more a sideshow (i kid i love cream) but as yak sox sed, some people become bitter

  5. Great stuff here! Lets be honest. Jack Bruce sounds like a jealous bitch. I think Jonesy is a better bassist than him and even worked for Rolling Stones and more. Led Zeppelin is the greatest rock band of all time we’ve ever seen. Okay, lets face the facts:
    Eric Clapton= Better Electric Guitarist
    Jimmy Page = Better Composer/ Songwriter, Better Showman, Better Producer, Better Session Musician

  6. Honestly I could see why he’d be a little resentful…At the time (1967) Cream was the biggest hard rock group around, and pioneers of the genre, but nowadays no one even remembers them. Everyone remembers what came next. Led Zeppelin I, Disraeli Gears, and Are You Experienced all came out that year, and I would challenge anyone to tell me that Dazed and Confused or Good Times Bad Times were more influential on the sound of modern music than Purple Haze or Sunshine of Your Love or any of the songs on those albums. Zeppelin got so big in the 70s everyone forgot what came before, and in actuality they’d never have existed if it hadn’t been for Cream and especially Clapton, who was the one that recommended Page for the Yardbirds job. I completely understand his anger because kids these days equate classic hard rock with Led Zeppelin and its osoo much more than that…it makes me mad too….kids think they’re the epitome of cool and thats why they vote him higher than Clapton but any musician will tell you who’s better…

  7. Mohib,you got it spot on,couldn’t have put it better myself to be honest.
    John Paul Jones will not even be 1/10 as good as Jack Bruce,never in a million years.

  8. Why the hell would bruce be jealous i never liked led zeppelin vastly overrated…cream by a long way for me…zeppelin forgettable

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