Creedence Clearwater Revisited Rocks the Stage Sunday
May 13, 2007
Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford didn’t intend for this happen, but their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited not only took on a life of its own, but it outlasted the group it originally paid tribute to.
The Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stu and Cosmo launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to perform for private parties who were looking to enjoy their hits of the ‘60’s generation: “Proud Mary”; “Bad Moon Rising”; “Travelin’ Band”; “Looking Out My Back Door”; “Who’ll Stop the Rain”; “Down on the Corner”; “Green River”. Today, Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs up to 100 shows a year.
On Sunday, July 29, PNC Bank Presents Creedence Clearwater Revisited at 3:00 p.m. on the Bud Light Main Stage to close out this year’s Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning concert series.
“We never really had any intention of playing for the public,” said Cook. “But a friend wanted to promote a couple of concerts. We got talked into it, but didn’t know how it would go over.” That was 12 years ago. Their album, “Recollection”, an authoritative version of 22 classic hits, went gold in 2002.
“Creedence Clearwater Revival was one of the greatest American rock-and-roll bands of all time,” said Festival executive producer Howard Freeman. “Their music is timeless and ‘Proud Mary’ remains the most covered rock song ever. While 2007 is the Festival’s 25th anniversary, it also marks 40 years since CCR began, and coincidentally, 40 years since Quick Chek started.”
During their short heyday from 1967-1972, the band cut a bunch of three-minute hit singles which have easily stood the test of time and become true classics. The group combined elements of rock-and-roll, rhythm and blues, blues, country, gospel, and various bayou styles – despite the fact that they hailed from the San Francisco Bay area and had never even seen the Mississippi bayou. The original lineup was Cook (bass), Clifford (drums), John Fogerty (vocals, guitar) and his brother Tom Fogerty (rhythm guitar).
For two years, 1969 and 1970, Creedence was the most popular rock band in America. During that time the group released five of its seven albums and seven hit singles. They performed at Woodstock, though their performance didn’t appear in either the film or on the original album as it was impacted by technical difficulties and occurred in the wee hours following a performance by the Grateful Dead. They would go on to influence the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp.
This year Creedence Clearwater Revisited gets the coveted Sunday afternoon concert performance with a lineup consisting of Cook (bass guitar), Clifford (drums), Tal Morris (guitar), John Tristao (vocals), and Steve Gunner (keyboards, acoustic guitar, harmonica, percussion, vocals).
Purchase reserved concert seats for Creedence Clearwater Revisited here.