Ginger Baker has cancelled his Baker’s Air Force Trans-Atlantic Tour after being informed he has heart problems.
The details of the diagnosis is not known, but it appears to be serious based on Baker’s statement on his blog.
Ginger is shocked by the news of his health
just seen doctor… big shock…. no more gigs for this old drummer…. everything is off…. of all things i never thought it would be my heart…..
The statement can be interpreted in two ways, that there are no more gigs for the current tour or that health problems are forcing Baker into a permanent retirement.
Baker’s management team gave a little more information on Facebook including the fact that the problem was “serious”.
“To all fans; it is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of all shows. Ginger’s doctor’s have insisted that he have complete rest due to diagnosis of serious heart problems. We hope you will all join with his family in wishing him well. God bless Ginger Baker. ” Team Baker
Baker, 76, started his professional career in The Graham Bond Organization and moved on to form Cream with bandmate Jack Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton. Post-Cream, he was a member of the short lived Blind Faith, Ginger Baker’s Air Force and Baker Gurvitz Army along with recording many solo albums and sitting in with the likes of Hawkwind, Public Image Ltd., Andy Summers and Fela Kuti.