The reason why Eric Clapton hated Led Zeppelin

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Few bands have reshaped rock music quite like Cream, the British powerhouse formed in 1966. Featuring the dynamic trio of Ginger Baker on drums, Jack Bruce on bass and vocals, and Eric Clapton on guitar, Cream was a melting pot of blues’ emotional intensity and jazz’s complex improvisation.

Eric Clapton, already a blues virtuoso, infused Cream with a deep reverence for the genre. His guitar work, echoing legends like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, became a hallmark of Cream’s distinctive sound.

In 1968, Cream’s journey briefly intersected with Led Zeppelin’s genesis. Despite some rhythmic similarities, Cream soon distanced itself from any comparison. Clapton, reflecting on this era, acknowledged jazz and blues as foundational but expressed little interest in Led Zeppelin’s direction.

Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, before their passing in 2014 and 2019 respectively, were openly critical of Led Zeppelin. Bruce’s blunt dismissal of Led Zeppelin and Baker’s scathing critiques in the 2012 film “Beware of Mr. Baker” highlighted their unfiltered opinions.

While Baker respected Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, he was dismissive of Keith Moon and John Bonham, questioning their ability to match his drumming prowess.

In this tumultuous blend of respect, rivalry, and rock ‘n’ roll, Cream etched an indelible mark on the music world, distinct in its approach and unapologetic in its artistry.

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