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With Cream please, at Birmingham University

Rick Hughes

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It was probably 1967. Was anybody present in the Great Hall of the University of Birmingham when Cream played to an almost packed house? Eric Clapton was wonderful that night; Jack Bruce was extraordinary and Ginger Baker simply stratospheric with a drum solo which must have lasted 20 minutes! Were you there? Can you remember the date?
1967 in the students union for sure, and I was home from college in Southampton. Went to the concert with my pal Fred Smith. The atmosphere was electric. I remember people fainting and falling over before Cream appeared. The supporting act was billed as Victor Brox, but I doubt he was there, because the band we saw were dressed in pastel coloured bunny suits and played only ska...
Next year I saw Cream again, this time at the Southampton University students union. Disraeli Gears had just been released and they were ten times as loud...

Rick Hughes

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Did some more research, some internal, and I'm still not sure of the location. In my memory it's like a large gym, no seats, and a makeshift stage. The date, per https://www.setlist.fm/stats/concert-map/cream-bd6ad72.html?year=1967 was April 28th 1967. A bit late for Easter break - I wonder what I was doing home.
Whatever, the first chord from "I feel free", which they may have opened with, blew my mind.
The next time I saw them was October 28th of the same year. Their playlist was mostly numbers from Disraeli Gears which was not released until the week after.