Creedence Clearwater Revisited
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Back on the road again...
1998 is indeed a good time for us Creedence fans! Not only is John Fogerty back, but Stu Cook and Doug 'Cosmo' Clifford are also back on the road with their Creedence Clearwater Revisted. Because John didn't want to play with them, they formed their own band with some friends and just got out there! Playing the old CCR classics with friends on the road has never been this much fun. The band is playing for more than a year now and it looks like they will be out there for some time to come...
Steve Gunner: keyboards, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica, vocals.
Elliot Easton: lead guitar.
John Tristao: rhythm guitar, lead vocals.
Doug 'Cosmo' Clifford: drums, vocals.
Stu Cook: bass guitar, vocals.
But just touring hasn't been enough for them. Because the band is basically a live band they have released a double CD filled with the CCR classics we all know and love. You can read the tracklist on the right, and then go out and buy it. Trust me, it's worth the money.
Some of these songs have not been played for a long time and it's a pleasure to hear them again, as I think you will agree.
Revisited is still on the road and at the bottom of this page you can find the most recent tour dates. Just click
here, or use the navigation-bar at the top of the page. Give the band my regards when you go see them!
I have added my own review of the June 6 Hamburg concert, together with some pictures to look at. I hope you like it. Go here.
Dear web-site visitor,
If YOU have seen Revisited live and you want to share your experience with other fans, then don't hesitate to mail me a review of the concert you saw. I will then put it up here.
1) Born On The Bayou
2) Green River
5) Who'll Stop The Rain
6) Suzie Q
7) Hey Tonight
8) Long As I Can See The Light
9) Down On The Corner
10) Lookin' Out My Back Door
11) Cotton Fields
12) Tombstone Shadow
1) I Heard It Through The Grapevine
2) The Midnight Special
3) Bad Moon Rising
4) Proud Mary
5) I Put A Spell On You
6) Fortunate Son
7) Have You Ever Seen The Rain
8) Travelin' Band
9) Run Through The Jungle
10) Up Around The Bend
Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert review
Hamburg, Germany, june 6, 1998.
by Wiebo de Wit
It was a beautiful day in Hamburg when Doeke, Pier, Frans and I met Werner Pett who took us to the Hamburg city center to buy some tickets for the show. I also got a great promo poster in the shop and after that it was off to the Hamburg city park where CCrev would play that afternoon.
We waited for some time, when the bus with the band arrived on the scene. The band ran into the arena pretty quickly. I didn't even have time to shoot some pictures! Stu was like grease-lightnin', but Doug stayed around for a while, signing pictures, albums and other stuff. I told him I would see him backstage later that day.
I had contacted Stu before the concert -thank you Internet- and we got our guest-passes as soon as we could get our dirty hands on them. It turned out we didn't have to use our bought tickets, so we just got outside and sold them to some Germans...
Great, all I needed now was a t-shirt.
The support act was over soon enough (that's just me, I don't like support acts... I'm there for the main band) and to the front we went. Everybody was very relaxed so we could get to the front of the stage pretty easily.
Creedence began with BotB (ofcourse) and played a full 2 hour set with all the stuff we wanted to hear. Elliot Easton did a great job on the guitar (although I think he over-did Grapevine), and John Tristao was great on vocals. Stu messed up 'Down on the Corner' though, commenting later on that he ''should know that one by now''. I agree, Stu :)
They weren't allowed to play too loud because the arena was in the middle of the city, but the sound quality was pretty good. Too bad about the volume, but at least I didn't have hearing problems the next day. :)
After the show we got to use our passes. We all gathered at the backstage entrance and in we went. Stu was the first band member we met, and the world turned upside down when he got some beer for US (or perhaps he had finished his, and was just eager to get a new one) and we had a nice little chat about the music, the band, and the good old days -we were talking about times when I wasn't even BORN yet, go figure-.
We also had a quick chat with John Tristao about his singing and how he managed to keep it up. Doug and me had a discussion about beers and we all agreed that European beer was better... We also talked about the future of the band, and Doug said they might do South America, Australia and Asia next year. So we had some nice talks but Doug and Stu's wives called, so we all had to pack up and go. The band in the bus and we in the car. (we all know who runs the show now :)) )
The whole band got to sign the poster I had bought in Hamburg so I have a nice item to remember it all by, and these pictures I have posted along with this story. I hope you liked it. I like to thank Stu, Doug and the rest of the band for their hospitality. When the band gets back, I will check them out once more.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert review
Amarillo, Texas, October 19, 1996.
by Keith R. Jones via private e-mail
This much anticipated concert - my first Creedence - was not a letdown for me. About 4,000 people saw it in the Amarillo Civic Center Colliseum, not a sell out, but nearly. The crowd ranged in age from young to old, but predominated thirty and above; not the large turnout of kids the Beach Boys had drawn two weeks earlier. The crowd was also a little more - shall we say - earthy. More tie dies and Sturgis Ts that cardigans and striped shirts. They were into it from the beginning.The warm up was 'Insufficient Funds', a local band who did a credible thirty minute set. But, of course, Creedence was who everybody came to see, and IF acknowledged that.
Opening with 'Born On The Bayou', CCR's set turned out to be well planned and told a bit of a story in itself. They did about one hour forty five minutes, including three encores, followed by a very gracous farewell bow to a very appreciative audience. But, the real deal is that the evening rocked. I wasn't sure these guys could pull it off without John - and it would have been better with John, Fogerty that is - but they did. John Tristao did an very servicible job standing in. He was not a clone, but had the same grittiness to his voice, and he certainly had the spirit of things. Pounding his fists into the air, shaking his guitar and his legs, he was INTO what was they were doing. In fact, all of them obviously were having a great time, as were we.
Steve was doing blistering lead solos, and Doug's drumming was dead center. Stu looked - well, to me, the word which comes to mind is - statesman like. He was in there having a great time, but neither he, nor Cosmo, were playing rock star. They were just solid into the music, letting everyone have the limelight. Stu had a lovely, benign smile much of the time. Seeing them live really drove home to me that they are a jammin' band, with bar band roots. The Archies, they are not. They ground out a lot of hook-laden three minute radio tunes, but nonetheless they are a long way from pop. The extended jams they got into, such as on 'Suzie Q.' and 'I Heard it Through the Grapevine', were intoxicating.
Another interesting small thing to me about seeing them live was seeing Doug often setting the beat with his drum sticks at the beginning of many of the songs. Sort of like the Beatles' one, two, three, fawh, She loves you . . .
Here is the set list:
Born on the Bayou, Green River, Lodi, Commotion, Who'll Stop The Rain?, Suzie Q., Hey Tonight, introductions, Long As I Can See The Light (which, of course, brought out the first lighter candles), Down On The Corner, Lookin' Out My Backdoor, Cotton Fields, Tombstone Shadow, I Heard it Through The Grapevine, Bootleg, Midnight Special (embelished with an appreciated local reference), Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary, I Put a Spell on You, Fortunate Son (end set), Who'll Stop the Rain, ('Let's Rock') Travelin' Band, (second encore) Run Through the Jungle
Stu said he was glad to see there were a few there who hadn't grown up either. I know what he meant, and if they'll keep this music coming, we won't want to. However, it really should be said that their music is rock and roll at its most mature. I have long believed that CCR is without peer as 'The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band'. Sorry, Mick. They have taken rockabilly roots and refined, honed and developed them to what has to be rock at its very finest. Solid driving beat, interesting progressions, terrific melody, intelligible lyrics, great hooks. It all would have been better with Fogerty, but, by golly, it's damn good without him. They were so good with him that, even without him, they can still be dubbed fairly as TWGR'n'RB. For me, dying doesn't much matter anymore. I've been to heaven.
After the concert, I went backstage and met the band for just a moment, long enough to get autographs. Doug and Stu were most gracious and friendly, as well as interested in my reaction to the concert. They both seemed the kind of guys you wouldn't mind living next door to...
Creedence Clearwater Revisited / 'Stu Cook and Doug Clifford Present The Music of Creedence Clearwater Revival' Concert review.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA, October 25, 1996
by Keith R. Jones via private e-mail
This was my second - ever - Creedence concert, my first being a week ago. I've known all the songs for twenty five years, but never had the opportunity to see the original incarnation. Now I've been blessed enough to have twice seen the new lineup perform live. This time I had the perspective that comes with a bit of familiarity. And, in short, again it was wonderful. Courtesy of Stu, I had the best seats in the house - sixth row, dead center. The venue was the Colesium at the state Fairgrounds in Phoenix. The crowd was an Arizona State Fair crowd of about 2,500, I estimate. Outside, the day had been a rather blustery, lousy day. Inside, it got steamy pretty quickly.
Just before the band came on, the announcer told us; "And now, Stu Cook and Doug 'Cosmo' Clifford present . . . " I waited for 'Creedence Clearwater Revisited'. Nothing. Then the band came on and the show took off. I thought that a bit awkward. Then I remembered the reason. A few days earlier, Fogerty had gotten an injunction against the band, preventing them from using the name Creedence Clearwater. It's unfortunate Fogerty feels that way, but 'Stu Cook and Doug Clifford Present The Music of Creedence Clearwater Revival' will probably work just as well. That seems to be the way the concerts will be billed for the foreseeable future. After two or three songs, Stu said 'We don't have a name right now, but that's all right. This music's bigger than any name.' And he's right. But, they sure ought to be able to call themselves 'Creedence Clearwater'. The first time I saw their ad under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited, I could tell exactly what was occurring; it was two original members, joined by three new people, doing the old music. It was not misleading at all, not to me. But, as Doug later explained, the court which granted the injunction is in Los Angeles, 'and O. J. Simpson is playing golf'. So much for justice.
The show was much the same as the first I saw - not note for note, for these guys are working artists, not computer chips - but song for song. The set list was the same as in Amarillo on October 19. They have the show down pat, and it's a good one. As in Amarillo a week ago, it grabbed the audience from the first chord and had them moving by the second song. The material is so good, and the band presents it in such a fashion, it's a can't miss show. Stu commented late in the show, as he did in Amarillo, that he was happy to see people of all ages present. As the house lights came up briefly from time to time, I could see the audience. He was right; the crowd ranged from young to old; the appeal was universal. Near me were four teenage girls, probably fifteen or so. They danced throughout, obviously having a pile of fun. I'm not sure the macarena was contemplated when the songs were written, but these kids thought it felt just fine. Behind me was a little boy, probably seven years old. Whenever I turned and saw him, he seemed mesmerized. He just stood there, amidst the sound and excitement, staring at the band. I suspect he had never experienced such a concert in his young life. I think he'll remember it a long time. His Mom and dad, a clean-cut couple in their thirties, were dancing in their seats - sitting down, that is. Along with a lot of other folks, they were "chair dancing". Mid life Rockin' and Rollin'. To my left was a lady who was seventy five if she was a day. She was having a great time.
For some reason which I never grasped, the front section, where she and I were, didn't stand and dance until late in the show, unlike much of the crowd behind us. And also unlike this grandmother, who didn't mind standing up and shaking a leg. Around me were several guys about like me, near the half century mark, middle class, most with their wife or kids; and all of us rockin' to the music the entire time. During the last song, 'Up Around the Bend', I looked behind and to my right. There was a sight which made me smile. Two middle age ladies, one in a wheelchair, were absolutely engrossed in the music. The smile on their faces said more than I can effectively put into words. They were both simply lost in the sound, feeling every beat and hearing every note. Near the end of the song, I saw one look at the other, smile a kind of half smile and shake her head, as if to say; Gollie, Ollie, whatashow! Her friend nodded in agreement.
Interesting to me was the fact, that boisterous as the crowd in Phoenix was, the Amarillo crowd seemed more uninhibited. That surprised me, since Amarillo is generally considered a pretty conservative place, hardly the type of folks to go nuts at a rock concert. As for the music itself, what can I say? I'm a true believer fan, so my credibility as a critic is questionable. But still, it's hard to dispute the obvious; it was great. My only criticism is that some of the songs were, I think, abbreviated; mostly the real rockers. That's probably good from an artistic standpoint - get in, hook 'em, rock 'em, leave them happy! - but, did they have to do it on my favorites - 'Bad Moon Rising' and 'Travelin' Band'? Sigh. Oh, well. Life isn't supposed to be easy. (Actually, I'm not sure they were truly abbreviated. They just weren't extended. Damn.)
At the end of the Amarillo show, there was a gaggle of middle aged groupies gathered around the front of the stage, acting like the teenagers they once were, with most of the same feelings they had twenty five years ago, plus a few new ones. This didn't happen in Phoenix, but in both places the band went out to loud and enthusiastic yelling/whistling/applause. After the show, I learned there is virtually no chance Fogerty will ever rejoin his old bandmates. The conflicts run much too deep. That is a darn shame. But, honestly, to me the band sounds as good with Tristao, Gunnels and Easton as it did with Fogerty and Fogerty. Admittedly, I never heard the original lineup live, but judging from the records and what I now hear, they're doing a hell of a job making their music. And the really nice thing is that the new guys are not just copying licks off the records; they are solid musicians doing their own interpretations. Yes, they approach the music the same as before; but hell, two thirds of the band ARE the originals. The point is, they are not shadow dancing with John Fogerty's ghost.
I taped the show, and listened to it when I got home. I recorded it on a Sony Prowalkman, and it came out quite well. (Often, with that machine I've been able to make a tape which sounds better than a soundboard tape made at the same time.) So, Stu and Doug, I hope you don't mind me taping you, but I was glad to finally add another piece of road food to my cassette box. If you'll come out with a new CD, guys, I'll buy it to make up for my bootlegging. Meanwhile, I'm gonna enjoy this tape on many a road trip. At each of the two concerts I saw, Stu thanked the audience for 'helping to keep this music alive.' Well, thanks go to you, guys, for making the music worthy of it. Years ago, Danny and the Juniors threatened our parents: 'Rock and Roll is here to stay. It will never die.' Well, it seems that our parents' worst fears came true. But, whaddya know! They don't mind at all, now! So, viva CCR; whatever that stands for !
Keith Jones, 2901 Georgia, Amarillo, Tx 79109;
Creedence Clearwater Revisited dates:
September 03- Detroit, MI - Michigan State Fair
September 25- Pomona, CA - LA County Fair
September 29- Bakersfield, CA - County Fair