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Cream: Royal Albert Hall, London, 5 May 2005

Richard English, Rock's Backpages, May 2005

THIRTY SEVEN YEARS ago my Mum wouldn't let me go to the Cream Farewell Concert. She didn't want me to mix with all those long-haired weirdoes. These days my therapist gives me pretty free rein and the '60's weirdoes have become media types or the long-term unemployed. The latter class couldn't afford the £125 for a ticket from the box office or up to £400 from a tout, so the audience on the night consisted of corporate men wearing Ralph Lauren and power women in Notting Hill chic.

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