Cream Finishes With A Bang In New York
The Cream reunion last week at New York's Madison Square Garden was a monster box office hit.The Cream reunion last week at New York's Madison Square Garden was a monster box office hit. The Oct. 24-26 shows, the band's only North American appearances and first here in 37 years, grossed more than $10.6 million and drew 56,151 people, according to Garden officials.
The Garden shows followed an equally successful, though smaller-scale, spring reunion at London's Royal Albert Hall, which grossed $3.6 million and drew more than 18,000 people to four sell-outs. Prior to those, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce had last appeared onstage together at Cream's 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
And now it appears that the Cream reunion is over, as sources say the trio has passed on lucrative tour offers. With such exclusivity, more than 60% of those attending the MSG shows came from outside the New York area.
"Hosting Cream's only North American performances at MSG was a milestone event for what has already been a banner year," Jay Marciano, president of Radio City Entertainment, which oversees the Garden, tells Billboard.com. "To be host, or witness to, one of music's most influential rock groups as they reunited on our stage was a once in a lifetime opportunity."
Producers declined to release merchandise revenues from the Garden shows, but Billboard estimates put the gross at more than $1.1 million, likely a Garden record.
As previously reported, a triple-vinyl edition of Cream's recent Reprise live album culled from the Albert Hall shows will be released Dec. 13.