Even as the top-billed performer for an outdoor concert at Auditorium Shores, there was no mistaking that classic rocker John Fogerty was sharing the limelight Sunday with a very big armadillo-shaped shadow.
That was by intent, partially, since the latest fundraising concert from the All ATX music advocacy group was billed as “Back To The Armadillo” and aimed at those who treasure the memories of the long-gone Armadillo World Headquarters concert venue. It was tough to escape the venue’s legacy in the lead-up to Fogerty’s show-closing set, with performers and a series of video tributes evoking memories of the birth of Austin as a musical hotbed.
It was frankly surprising to see Fogerty, 72, acting and playing with the vitality of someone perhaps 25 years younger. He jogged around the stage as he leaned into hits such as “Proud Mary” and “Bad Moon Rising” with his bandmates, his voice never wavering or having to change registers.
A pair of long jams on “Keep On Chooglin’” and a reworked version of “Lodi” let Fogerty give some attention to his accompanying guitarist and son, Shane Fogerty. And a nice treat for those paying attention: During “Centerfield,” the singer slipped in a mention of Houston Astros hero Jose Altuve on the same night the second baseman wound up hitting a crucial home run in a World Series game.
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