Break-Up: Cream crammed a lot of music into their two-year career. According to legend, Eric Clapton decided to break up in the band in 1968 when he first heard the Band's debut LP Music From Big Pink, and when he read a scathing review of the group's music in Rolling Stone by Jon Landau. In November of 1968 they played a farewell show at Madison Square Garden.
Reunion: The group played in 1993 at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but that didn't lead to any other activity until 2005. At the time Jack Bruce was recovering from liver cancer, and Ginger Baker was struggling with arthritis. To Clapton, it seemed like it was now or never. They played four shows at the Royal Albert Hall in May of 2005, followed by three shows at Madison Square Garden that October.
Duration: Five months. The reunion fizzled out during the three-night stand in New York. "In many ways, I wish we had left it at the Royal Albert Hall," Clapton wrote in his memoir. "But the offer was too good to refuse ... My heart had gone out of it, and also a certain amount of animosity had crept back in." They haven't played together since.