Rock ’n’ roll fans were given a first-rate lesson in shredding Wednesday night, by one of the unheralded greats of the guitar.
It wasn’t what everyone assembled at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre would have expected, but what they received was a lively two-hour set from John Fogerty, the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman, that bordered on the explosive.
Fogerty, 71, is known primarily as an incomparable songwriter, and one of the best in history at that. But the majority who came to see him perform bought a ticket to see Old Reliable, the aw-shucks version of John Fogerty.
Instead, they were face to face with a new, improved model who scratched and clawed his way through the night, proving he still has plenty of gas in the tank.
There were singalongs — large amounts, in fact. But a three-song blowout that kicked off his show before 4,511 fans at the Blanshard Street arena could only be described as a curveball.