Eric Clapton Announces Ginger Baker Tribute


Eric Clapton will pay tribute to his former Cream and Blind Faith band mate Ginger Baker, who died last month, at a concert honoring Baker. “Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute To Ginger Baker” will be held at the Eventim Apollo Hammerstein in London on February 17, 2020.

So far, Clapton is the only artist that has been confirmed for the show, which is expected to feature music from his time with Baker in both Cream and Blind Faith. More lineup announcements are forthcoming. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Leonard Chesire, an organization selected by the Baker family whose mission is “supporting individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability, at the heart of local life – opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe.”

Drummer Ginger Baker formed Cream with Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce in 1966. The influential trio broke up in 1968 and Clapton soon went on to form Blind Faith in 1969 and tapped Baker to play drums in the group. Blind Faith’s tenure was even shorter than Cream’s run. In 2005, Cream reunited for concerts in London and New York City. Eric Clapton is the only surviving original member of Cream and he and Steve Winwood are the only surviving members of Blind Faith.

Tickets for the tribute go on sale this Friday, November 29 at 10 a.m. local time.