He may be 69, but darn, can John Fogerty ever rock hard and sweet, just the way rock ‘n’ roll deserves. When he arrived at Oshawa’s GM Centre on November 14 for his “One Extraordinary Year” tour, one of the biggest questions was whether or not he’d still be able to bring it the way he did in his glory years. As soon as he ran out onstage and started playing guitar, all doubts vanished. This musician is one of those magically ageless rockers who has still retained sharp playing, boyish enthusiasm, a great singing voice and even a full head of hair.
The year Fogerty was centering his music around was 1969, one of the most memorable years in rock and roll history. It was the year of Woodstock; the Hells Angel stabbing at a Rolling Stones concert; the release of David Bowie’s Space Oddity; the Beatles rooftop performance on Savile Row, marking the last time they’d ever perform in public again; Johnny Cash’s famous San Quentin State Prison performance; John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in; Tommy, The Who’s rock opera; the death of former Rolling Stone Brian Jones; the last single by Diana Ross and the Supremes (“Someday We’ll Be Together”); and the introduction of the Jackson 5 with their album Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. Some of these moments were also talked about in a video that preceded the actual concert.