Friday, February 23, Cream begin their second North American tour at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica. (Photos; David Hiller).
Crossroads, a number Cream has not played live since the end of 1966, is reintroduced into their set on rare occasions. It seems to have been a good choice, since their performance of that song at the Winterland on March 10 made it onto the Wheels of Fire album and became a huge hit!
Early March, 1968, Cream shuttle back and forth between the Winterland and the Fillmore.
Above photos are from one of these shows. (Photos; Jim Marshall).
Two photos from one of the Winterland shows.
Star Theater, Phoenix, Sunday, March 17. ( Photos; Doug Hartley.)
Note that Eric sits behind his amp while Ginger plays his solo, even though he must have heard Toad many times by now!
Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis, Friday, March 22.
Hunter College, N.Y. on March 29. ( Photo; Jeffery Mayers.)
Eric at Hunter College. ( Photos; Star File / VDL.)
After a ten day break, Cream resume their tour with three dates in Philadelphia.
They play the Electric Factory Friday, April 19 through Sunday, the 21st.
(Photos; J. Paul Simeone)
Eric had bought a Gibson Firebird at Music City, in Philadelphia, and it would become his favourite guitar for the remainder of the tour.
(Jeff Aarons has informed me that Eric played his Fool painted Gibson SG on the19th, so the above photos are from April 20 or 21).
"The rails have carried off the trains".
During their stay in Philadelphia, Cream is photographed at Chadds Ford for a Life magazine pictorial.
The photos appeared in the June 28, 1968 issue of Life.
( Photos; Art Kane.)
View from the front row, Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, Sunday, April 28.
Convention Center, Anaheim, California, Saturday, May 18.
A planned concert at the Ice Palace in Las Vegas had been cancelled, which allowed for another show in Anaheim.
Two days later, Cream would tape the Smothers Brothers Show, which would air July 14.
Also from the Convention Center, Jack plays acoustic guitar during a performance of As You Said.
This may very well be the only time Cream ever performed the song live!
Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, Wednesday, May 29.
Photos ; Douglas Kent Hall
Backstage at Massey Hall, June 5.
The show, which had originally been scheduled for April 22, had been postponed.
Photos; Nash the Slash
Onstage at Massey Hall, June 5. ( Above photo; John J. Pinto.)
A photo from Billboard magazine. The caption helpfully identifies Jack
as being the one in the center, in order to avoid any confusion.
June 7, 8 and 9, Cream played the Grande Ballroom in Detroit. The shows had originally been scheduled for April.
( Photos; Thomas Weschler.)
Denver Coliseum, Sunday, October 6.
Saturday, October 12, Cream play the Olympia in Detroit. Following the show, Eric ventures down Grand River Avenue and joins John Mayall for an encore at the Grande Ballroom.
Jack at the Olympia. ( Photo; Thomas Weschler.)
Cream play one afternoon show at the Coliseum in Chicago, Sunday, October 13.
Three photos of Jack, Thursday, October 24, at Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas.
The Spectrum, in Philadelphia, Friday, November 1.
Both Jack and Eric are of the opinion that this may well have been Cream's best show ever!
Saturday, November 2, Cream play Madison Square Garden in New York.
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Monday, November 4.
Cream's last American show!
Cream prepare to say goodbye at the Royal Albert Hall.
Special thanks to Bob Elliott for his invaluable assistance in the construction of this page!
Bob and I will be adding to it as time permits.
[ I'm lazy, and Bob is very patient :-) ]
Bob and Jack at Toronto's El Mocambo (1988) and Massey Hall (2002).