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On the Road to Dreams

Fanclub      Fanclub

Cream begin the new year by flying to Holland to tape an appearance on the Dutch television show Fenklup (Fan Club).
On Friday, January 12, they sing live over prepared backing tracks of 'SWLABR' and 'Sunshine of Your Love'.
The show is broadcast the following Friday. (They do not play any concerts while in Holland).

Denmark      Denmark


Cream in Copenhagen, February 5-6. Cream were offered a part in a Danish movie, Det var en lørdag aften (On a Saturday Night).
They are filmed aboard a flat-bed truck miming to World of Pain and in a concrete hall miming We're Going Wrong.
(Photos; Jan Persson).


Movie      Flatbed

Cream in Copenhagen.


Wednesday, February 7, Cream play two shows at Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen. (Photo; Jørgen Jessen).

Ginger Baker

Jack Bruce     Eric Clapton


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!



Beginning Thursday, February 29 through Sunday, March 10 Cream shuttle back and forth between the Winterland and the Fillmore Auditorium.
Above photos are from one of the Fillmore shows. (Photos; Steve Fitch)



Two photos from one of the Winterland shows.


At the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, March 9. It was on this night that Sleepy Time Time was recorded, and later released on Live Cream.
Also on this night, Sunshine of Your Love was recorded and eventually released on Live Cream Volume Two.
Additionally, NSU was recorded on this night and was released exclusively on the Those Were the Days four CD box set.

More from the Winterland and Fillmore shows


Shrine      Shrine

Shrine      Shrine

Cream play the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16. They played two sets each night.
The Shrine was a huge arena with a vast lightshow and no seats. (Photos; Chuck Boyd).

More from the Shrine Auditorium

Phoenix      Phoenix

Phoenix      Toad

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.


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Eric at Union Catholic Regional High School, Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Tuesday, March 26. (Above photos; Jeremy Ross)


Jack at Staples High School Auditorium, Westport, Connecticut, Wednesday, March 27. (Photo; Jeremy Ross)


Hunter College, N.Y. on Friday, March 29. ( Photo; Jeffery Mayer)

Hunter College     Eric at Hunter

Eric at Hunter College. (Photos; Star File/VDL)


Jack at Hunter College. (Photo; Jeffery Mayer)

Houston     Houston


Cream at the Music Hall, Houston, Texas, Sunday, March 31. ( Photos; Jeff Hochberg.)

More from Houston



Electric Factory

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).

Art Kane     Art Kane

"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).


On Sunday, April 21, Cream take part in an ABC television special Romp!
hosted by Ryan O'Neal and Michelle Lee.

Cream mimed a version of Sunshine of Your Love on the show.

Eric seems to be less than enthused.


View from the front row, Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, Sunday, April 28.

Milwaukee EricMilwaukee

The Scene, Milwaukee, Saturday, May 4.


Cleveland Music Hall, Sunday, May 12. (Photo; George Shuba)


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.

More from Anaheim



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!
Two days later, Cream would tape the Smothers Brothers Show, which would air July 14.

The Smothers Brothers Show


Eagles Auditorium

Eagles Auditorium

Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, Wednesday, May 29.
Photos ; Douglas Kent Hall

Pacific Col

Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, June 2. (Photo; V. Keremidschieff).

Massey Hall Eric     Massey Hall Jack

Backstage at Massey Hall, June 5.
The show, which had originally been scheduled for April 22, had been postponed.
Photos; Nash the Slash

Massey Hall


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 centre, in order to avoid any confusion.



Detroit Detroit
June 7, 8 and 9, Cream played the Grande Ballroom in Detroit.
The shows had originally been scheduled for April.
( Photos; Thomas Weschler.)



Cream begin their Farewell tour on Friday, October 4, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
White Room, Politician and Deserted Cities of the Heart from this show are recorded and will all be released on the Live Cream album.
Photos: Chuck Boyd.

J.B.Denver      E.C.Denver


Denver Coliseum, Sunday, October 6.

New Haven

New Haven   New Havenl

New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, Friday, October 11. (Photos: Jeremy Ross).

More from New Haven

Detroit Eric Detroit Jack

Detroit Ginger

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.



Two photos above; Jack and Eric at the Olympia. (Photos; Thomas Weschler).


Above photo: Marshall Bohlin.


Cream play one afternoon show at the Coliseum in Chicago, Sunday, October 13. (Above photo; Ron Pownall).

More from the Chicago Coliseum.



Cream play the Forum, in Inglewood, Los Angeles, Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19.
Photos: Chuck Boyd.

Houston     Houston Jack

Houston Bruce

Three photos of Jack, Thursday, October 24, at Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas.

Atlanta     Atlanta

Atlanta Eric

Atlanta Cream

Cream play Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Sunday, October 27.


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!

Ginger New York Jack New York



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New York New York

Saturday, November 2, Cream play Madison Square Garden in New York.
Above photos, Jeffery Mayer



Sunday, November 3, Cream play one show at the Baltimore Civic Center.


Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Monday, November 4.
Cream's last American show! (Photos; Jeremy Ross)