Friends pay tribute to Bass Player Jack Bruce


25 October 2014

Jack Bruce by Ethan Miller

Jack Bruce

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Ringo Starr and others who have known and worked with Jack Bruce paid tribute Oct. 25 after news of his death was announced on his website.

Ringo Starr released a statement about Bruce to Beatles Examiner through his publicist. Bruce was a member Ringo’s All-Starr Band in three lineups in the 1990s. “Jack Bruce was an incredible musician, great songwriter and it was my pleasure not only to listen to the bands he was in, including Cream, but to also have him in the All-Starrs. He will be missed. We send Margrit and his family Peace & Love. Ringo & Barbara.”

Abbey Road Studios, where Bruce recorded his studio album, “Silver Rails,” released earlier this year, said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Cream bassist Jack Bruce. Jack will be fondly remembered by everyone at the studios for his kindness, his wicked sense of humour and his legendary impromptu performance of ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ at the Abbey Road staff Christmas party. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”

Steve Lukather of Ringo’s current All-Starr Band, posted a message Saturday on Twitter: “RIP Jack Bruce. I am honored to have known him. The world lost another legend ..”

Guitarist Leslie West, who played with Bruce in West, Bruce and Laing, said, “It is with great sadness that one of the world’s greatest musicians and bass players, who I had the honor of playing with in West Bruce and Laing, Jack Bruce has died. I was hoping somehow that we might have gotten together one last time. Rest in peace my friend.”

And Brian May of Queen wrote, “RIP Jack Bruce. So sad to hear this great pioneering rock musician is gone. Inspiring to us all. I’ll be listening to ‘BADGE’ tonight. Bri.” [SEE SOAPBOX]