John Fogerty still up for a Creedence Clearwater Revival Reunion, will release new album of collaborations this fall
Last July John Fogerty told the Calgary Herald that he was finally ready to consider a reunion with his old Creedence Clearwater Revival band mates after years of bitter feuding.
"If someone started talking [about a reunion], I’d sit still long enough to listen," he said at the time. That was followed by Doug Clifford and Stu Cook of CCR basically saying that "Leopards don't change their spots", and that it just wasn't going to happen.
Still, in a new Rolling Stone Q&A, Fogerty says he's contining to leave the door open for potentially playing again with his former bandmates.
RS: I spoke with you last year, and you said that you weren't completely opposed to the idea of a Creedence reunion. Do you still feel that way?
I was asked that in an interview last year, and I just gave an honest answer. It wasn't anything I had actually premeditated or thought ahead of time. I just know that when the interviewer asked me, I sort of realized I didn't have that reaction that I used to have all the time. And so I quite innocently said, "Yeah I guess it's a possibility," you know – in other words, I guess I've grown or moved or mellowed, whatever it is. I've always hoped that that would happen so you're not walking around with your brain going ag 90 mph working on some thing 40 years in the past that's not gonna change anyway.
So I blurted out whatever I blurted out. Yeah, I still feel the same way. I have since seen a couple of things that the other two guys from the old band have said in the press. [Creedence bassist Stu Cook said, "Leopards don't change their spots. This is just an image-polishing exercise by John."] Oh well. I guess they're still mad. That doesn't change how I feel. It kind of isn't affecting me anymore.
What's important is this wonderful life I have in front of me right here. I even have grandchildren. When you're looking at the world that way, worrying over if somebody knocked over a saltshaker 47 years ago, that's kind of stupid. So that's kind of where I'm at.
Fogerty has a new album coming out this fall titled 'Wrote a Song for Everyone' that will feature collaborations with a variety of stars from different music genres. Bob Seger, Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket, and country acts from Brad Paisley to Miranda Lambert will be featured on the album, with more collaboartions to come.
Rollingstone.com asked Fogerty: Tell me about working with the Foo Fighters:
We'd talked about doing something together for a long time, and this was the perfect excuse. What a great band. Without even meeting everybody, there was something in the atmosphere in the building – they had their own complex – it was outstanding to be there and play music that day.
We cut "Fortunate Son." It's not wildly different or exotically different from the original, but energy-wise it's a lot closer to what the Foo Fighters sound like, just the swagger of thing, The original record was made in 1970 and that was before any sort of metal. People tend to say that Creedence was a roots rock and roll band, I don't know that that was really true, but 40 years later it seems like a good fit. Led Zeppelin was just getting going, and the volume hadn't really been turned way up yet the way it would be a little later with arena bands of the Seventies and Eighties .
RS: What does your new version of "Who Will Stop the Rain" with Bob Seger sound like?
Well, Bob is one of my favorite all-time singers. He still sounds great. He's a really lovely person, a very sweet guy. Maybe when you hear that growly voice you might think he's some kind of a grizzly bear or something but he's a very nice man. I heard him sitting in a little corner, strumming his guitar and singing "Who Will Stop the Rain?" He just sounded so great, he almost sort of inflicted an arrangement choice almost immediately. It was sort of spontaneous. I said, "We gotta hear what you're doing right now at some point in how we're treating this song." So that's certainly part of the arrangement
Fogerty talks about joining the Black Keys onstage at the recent Coachella festival and more in the rest of the interview here: www.rollingstone.com
Fogerty will hit the road for a lengthy Canadian tour in September during which he will perform the classic Creedence albums 'Cosmo's Factory' and 'Bayou Country' in their entirety, like he did at a handful of other recent shows in New York, New Jersey and Australia.
Fogerty's concert schedule also includes some U.S. dates sprinkled throughout in June, July and August, and a European trek that's will take place in June and July.
Here's the confirmed dates so far:
Jun. 15 - Airway Heights, VA - Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Jun. 17 - Edgefield - Troutdale, OR
Jun. 21 - Snow Park Outdoor Ampitheater at Deer Valley Resort - Park City, UT
Jun. 22 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO
Jul. 18 - Thunder Bay Community Auditorium - Thunder Bay, Ontario
Jul. 20 - Moondance Jam - Walker, MN
Aug. 1 - Wente Vineyard - Livermore, CA
Aug. 2 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA
Aug. 3 - Ironstone Vineyards - Murpheys, CA
Sep. 7 - Mile One Stadium - St. Johns, NL
Sep. 8 - Mile One Centre - St John’s, NFLD
Sep. 10 - Halifax Metro Centre – Halifax, NS
Sep. 11 - Moncton Coliseum Complex – Moncton, NB
Sep. 13 – John Labatt Centre – London, ON
Sep. 14 – Sony Centre – Toronto, ON
Sep. 15 – General Motors Centre – Oshawa, ON
Sep. 17 – Sudbury Arena – Sudbury, ON
Sep. 18 – Essar Centre – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Sep. 20 - MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Sep. 21 - Brandt Centre – Regina, SK
Sep. 22 - Rexall Centre – Edmonton, AB
Sep. 24 - EnCana Centre - Dawson Creek, BC
Sep. 25 - CN Centre - Prince George, BC
Sep. 27 - Prospera Centre – Kelowna, BC
Sep. 28 - Abbotsford Sports and Entertainment Centre – Abbotsford, BC
Sep. 29 - Save-On Foods Memorial Centre – Victoria, BC
The site was down on April 18th when it was announced that Dick Clark had passed away, and although I did a post on the Marshall of Rock Facebook page, I wanted to do a full video tribute to Dick on the site. Today Paul Stanley posted this today about attending Dick Clark's Memorial:
The legend of the incredible music and television icon Dick Clark will always live on. I grew up watching American Bandstand, and even though I'm a rock guy, I appreciate all music in general and thoroughly enjoyed what he brought into my world. Thank you Dick. Here's some of the best rock moments from AB. He even had Y&T and Dokken on AB.
John Fogerty will release a new studio album titled 'Wrote a Song for Everyone' that's due this fall. The ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman will collaborate with Bob Seger and Foo Fighters on the release, along with newer acts like My Morning Jacket and Dawes. Country stars such as Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban will be featured on tracks on the new album as well, which draws its name from a track on the CCR 'Green River' album from 1969.
Fogerty's record label, Vanguard Records says the forthcoming release will include renditions of "classics and deep tracks" from Fogerty's work with CCR and his solo catalog, as well as some new songs. Seger will lend his talents to a new interpretation of Creedence's 1970 hit "Who'll Stop the Rain," while Foo Fighters will be featured on a new rendition of CCR's 1969 classic "Fortunate Son."
Look for a complete track listing, official release date and full lineup of contributors to 'Wrote a Song for Everyone' soon.
John Fogerty joined country star Keith Urban's at his concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday (October 8). The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer joined Urban for a rendition of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Proud Mary." Fogerty posted a video on his YouTube channel that has audio of him and Urban backstage prior to their performance discussing how they were going to play the song, then a snippet of footage of the two on stage at Staples Center.
Back on September 16th, Country star Jason Aldean was joined by hometown boy Kid Rock during his concert in Clarkston, Michigan. Aldean kicked into "Cowboy" and then was joined a verse into it by Kid Rock. Gimmie a Badass Beer!
John Fogerty has anounced that he is bringing Creedence Clearwater Revival hits and deep cuts back to the stage this November. That's awesome enough..but he’ll also be recreating two of the band’s most popular albums in their entirety during a pair of concerts at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
Fogerty will play ‘Cosmo’s Factory’ and ‘Green River’ from start to finish, and all his best solo tracks. Originally released in 1969 and 1970, the two albums feature the biggest CCR songs. The title-track and ‘Bad Moon Rising’ are the most well known hits from ‘Green River’, while ‘Run Through the Jungle,’ ‘Up Around the Bend’ and their cover of ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’ are some of the hits featured on ‘Cosmo’s Factory.’
Fogerty will play ‘Cosmo’s Factory’ and select hits from his solo catalog on Nov. 17, and ‘Green River’ with an additional set of hits on Nov. 18. He’ll also bring ‘Cosmo’s Factory’ to Caesar’s in Atlantic City on Nov. 20. Internet pre-sale tickets will be available at 8AM ET Oct. 1. All remaining tickets will then go on sale Oct. 10 at 10AM. For full details and ticket information go to www.johnfogerty.com.