British rocker Eric Clapton decided to reunite 1960s band Cream this year (05), because he was terrified death could strike one of the three members and make a future reconciliation impossible.

The 60-year-old star was also inspired by his happy homelife with second wife MELIA McENERY and their three young daughters to return to the stage with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

Clapton says, "That was very much a part of this album. It was born out of my home life, because what happened when I started to enjoy being a member of my own family was that I looked outside of it and thought, 'Where can I apply this?'

"And Cream are on the few bands from that era that can actually reunite because we are all alive and just about in good health."