Tag: Stu Cook
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
John Fogerty has expressed frustration in the past that his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates Stu Cook and Doug Clifford have been touring as Creedence Clearwater Revisited. But now, the singer is saying he’d consider reuniting with them. John had bad blood with his ex bandmates for some time but he told the Calgary Herald that he no longer feels the bitterness he once did when he sued them in 1997 for touring as Revisited.
While he isn’t sure how a reunion would happen, he no longer is saying that it will never happen, rather he’s changed his attitude to more of a “never say never” one. Here is John’s entire quote, “Years ago, I looked at people and I was so full of some sort of emotion and I’d say, ‘Absolutely not! I have to admit, people have asked me more recently, and even though I have no idea how such a series of events would come to pass, I can tell that there isn’t the bombast in my voice, in the denial, in the refusal. It’s more like, ‘Well, I dunno.’ Never say never I guess is what people tell you. In this life, all kinds of strange things come to pass. Realizing that it doesn’t really kick up a big firestorm of emotion, it kind of suggests that at least if someone started talking I’d sit still long enough to listen.”