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24th October 2016

jack bruce

Tomorrow night's special concert at the newly reopened Shepherd's Bush Empire to celebrate the life and music of the legendary Jack Bruce will now feature extra special guests on top of those previously announced.

Inglorious frontman Nathan James has been added to the bill, along with virtuoso guitarist Mick Taylor, Paul Young, Terry Reid, Trevor Horn, Maggie Reilly and David Sancious, an early E Street Band member who also worked with Jack and Eric Clapton in their solo careers.

We also understand that former Whitesnake and Black Sabbath bass player Neil Murray will be taking to the stage as well.

Nathan told us: "It's a real honour to be asked to share the stage with so many incredible musicians and even more awesome to celebrate the life and music of a legend, Jack Bruce. It's gonna be a great night and I'm so excited to sing these songs!"

Jack's granddaughter, Maya Sage, is also performing at the concert. She has chosen some beautiful songs to sing including one of Jack's most wonderful compositions, 'Folk Song'. Cousin Nico Bruce will be playing some double bass. Jack always encouraged Nico and he toured throughout the 80s and 90s with many top Scottish bands including The Proclaimers and Hugh and Cry.

And the amazing Lulu will also perform two songs, as well as Eddi Reader. Both worked with Jack and of course Lulu comes from the same roots and experiences in the 60s and beyond. Jack's son Malcolm said: "It's a total honour to have them both attending."

Former Cream drummer Ginger Baker heads a cast list that includes Mountain's Corky Laing, former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, Billy Cobham from Miles Davis' band, Steve Hackett, formerly of Genesis, Fairground Attraction's Eddi Reader and many more.

Speculation has been rife about whether or not Eric Clapton may be one of the special guests but we have no update on this at the time of writing.

The musical direction and curation is by singer and writer and Jack's collaborator Pete Brown and Jack's son Malcolm. All proceeds raised will be donated to Nordoff Robbins and Jack's favourite local charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice.

An Evening For Jack marks the two year anniversary of the late Cream bassist's passing in 2014, aged 71.

Malcolm said: "This will be a celebration and a musical journey through my father's life. His musical interests were diverse, but through it all shines his personality, his individual approach to song writing and his trailblazing abilities as a bass player, singer and improviser.

"From his love of the blues, to music beyond categorisation, we will be celebrating his openness as a musical personality and the sheer joy he had with music in the moment. We will be taking a walk through the major aspects of Jack's career, from the early days touring with bands like the Graham Bond Organisation, through to Cream and beyond."

Tickets for this very special event are still available right here but there are not many left now.

Former MetalTalk Editor Pippa Lang interviewed Jack just six months before he very sadly passed away and this intriguing conversation is available right here.


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