The world lost a musical legend over the weekend.
Jack Bruce died on Saturday at the age of 71, after a long illness. While primarily known as a bassist, vocalist, and songwriter in the 1960s supergroup Cream, his career spanned more than five decades. Bruce alternated his solo work with many musical collaborations, including stints with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, West, Bruce and Laing, BBM (Bruce-Baker-Moore), and Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, where I saw him in 2000. His distinctive bassline can be heard at the beginning of the Cream track, “Badge,” which also featured George Harrison.
On October 17, 1991, Bruce shared a stage with Bob Dylan during the Leyendas de la Guitarra (Guitar Legends) concert at EXPO ’92, at the nearly completed Auditorio de la Cartuja, just outside of Seville, Spain. While Dylan has collaborated with Bruce’s former Cream/ Bluesbreakers bandmate Eric Clapton on numerous occasions, this is the only documented collaboration between Dylan and Bruce. Dylan reportedly arrived at the venue just in time for a short rehearsal with the other musicians, before the start of the show.
Dylan’s appearance followed a set which featured Bruce on lead vocals for three songs, accompanied by Phil Manzanera and Richard Thompson on guitars, Ray Cooper on percussion, and drummer Simon Phillips. Dylan joined the ensemble for an extended version of “All Along the Watchtower,” before performing a three song acoustic set with Thompson, and was later joined by Keith Richards, Steve Cropper, and other musicians. The night ended with an all-star finale, a cover of “Can’t Turn You Loose,” which featured Chuck Leavell and Ivan Neville on keyboards, Phillips on drums, Cooper on percussion, the Miami Horns on brass, and Dave Edmunds, Thompson, Manzanera, Cropper, and Dylan, among others, playing guitars and Bruce, Richards and Robert Cray sharing lead vocals.
EXPO ’92 was a five day festival, running from October 15 to 19, with each night focusing on a different musical style. Five 90 minute shows were broadcast, as was a one-hour documentary. One version has been traded among Dylan fans for quite some time. Below is the track list courtesy DVDylan.
- 1. Sunshine Of Your Love (Jack Bruce)
- 2. Leyenda (Phil Manzanera)
- 3. Southern Cross (Phil Manzanera)
- 4. Sphinx (Phil Manzanera)
- 5. Keep Your Hat On (Joe Cocker)
- 6. Night Calls (Joe Cocker)
- 7. Unchain My Heart (Joe Cocker)
- 8. City Of Gold (Jack Bruce)
- 9. White Room (Jack Bruce)
- 10. All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
- 11. Boots Of Spanish Leather (Bob Dylan)
- 12. Along The Borderline (Bob Dylan)
- 13. Answer Me (Bob Dylan)
- 14. Shake Rattle ‘n’ Roll (Keith Richards)
- 15. Going Down (Keith Richards)
- 16. Something Else (Keith Richards)
- 17. Connection (Keith Richards)
- 18. Can’t Turn You Loose (All Star Jam)
Appearing in the 90 minute special were:
- Joe Cocker – Vocal
- Jack Bruce – Bass, Vocal
- Keith Richards – Guitar, Vocal
- Bob Dylan – Guitar, Vocal
- Phil Manzanera – Guitar
- Robert Cray – Guitar, Vocal
- Steve Cropper – Guitar
- Dave Edmonds – Guitar
- Steve Jordan – Drums
- Simon Phillips – Drums
- Ray Cooper – Percussion
- Chuck Leavell – Keyboard
- Pino Palladino – Bass
- Vincent Amigo -Guitar
- Richard Thompson – Guitar
- Miguel Bose
- Ivan Neville – Keyboards
A complete list of artists appearing at the five day festival can be found on Tony Hollingsworth’s website.
You can view the video in the embedded clip. The first Dylan/Bruce segment begins at the 47 minute mark, the second at about 1:22.
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