Cream: Bob Whitacker/Camera Press/Retna
Gary Susman
November 10, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

From the Bands We Never Expected Would Reunite in our Lifetime Department: Billboard reports that Cream are getting back together for a string of shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2005. Yes, that’s right, Eric Clapton’s late-1960s power trio, which featured the then-equally celebrated Jack Bruce on bass and vocals and Ginger Baker on drums. The weeklong engagement would mark their first performances together since the trio’s jam during Cream’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Cream’s career ended in 1968 at Albert Hall in a series of farewell concerts that came little more than two years after the group was formed. In that time, of course, the psychedelic blues-rockers released such hits as ”Sunshine of Your Love” and ”White Room” and, more than any other band, opened rock up to the kinds of lengthy, improvisational jams and solos common in jazz. After the 1968 shows, Baker and Clapton formed the even shorter-lived Blind Faith before going their separate ways, with Bruce and Baker enjoying cult status (Bruce continued to front prog-rock trios, and Baker explored African music) while Clapton went on to mainstream rock stardom as a soloist. Aside from their Hall of Fame performance, Cream haven’t performed together for 35 years. No word yet on whether they’ll follow up their London show with a tour.

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