WATCH: Eric Clapton & Friends’ Tribute To Ginger Baker

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The drummer from the legendary late-60s/early-70s band Cream, Ginger Baker died last October and last night Eric Clapton hooked up with some friends at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London for A Tribute to Ginger Baker.

Talk about a heavyweight line-up: Ronnie Wood, Steve Winwood, Roger Waters, Paul Rodgers, Kenney Jones and Paul Carrack were on stage. So were Nile Rodgers, Steve Gadd, Ginger’s son Kofi Baker and Clapton’s nephew, Will Johns.

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Waters took part in the evening’s opening tracks of a trio of Cream favorites — “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Strange Brew” and “White Room” — with Wood and Jones joining in for the third song. Rodgers performed on “Tales of Brave Ulysses,” “Presence of the Lord” and “Well All Right.” Winwood participated in “Had to Cry Today” and “Do What You Like,” while Kofi Baker took his late father’s part in the Cream instrumental and drum showcase “Toad.”

The show ended with an ensemble performance of “Crossroads.”

Clapton and Baker were two of the leading lights of music in the swinging sixties and saw them dominate the title of ‘musicians’ favourite musicians’ for years and years as part of Cream.

While the group would eventually disband both Clapton and Basker went on to have incredibly successful careers and musical paths. Until his death in October last year, Baker was famed for his no holds barred attitude and demeanour.

Proceeds from the show went to Ginger Baker’s nominated charity, Leonard Cheshire. The charity supports disabled people around the world.

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Eric Clapton and Friends – A Tribute to Ginger Baker, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London, 2/17/20
1. “Sunshine of Your Love”
2. “Strange Brew”
3. “White Room”
4. “I Feel Free”
5. “Tales of Brave Ulysses”
6. “Sweet Wine”
7. “Blue Condition”
8. “Badge”
9. “Pressed Rat and Wart Hog”
10. “Had to Cry Today”
11. “Presence of the Lord”
12. “Can’t Find My Way Home”
13. “Well All Right”
14. “Do What You Like” / “Toad”
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15. “Crossroads”