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.
Between 1968-1971, 13 Fogerty songs landed in the Top 40, all but one penned by bandleader John Fogerty. You’ll hear a few Sunday on Auditorium Shores when the Berkeley-born singer headlines the All ATX fundraiser titled “Back to the Armadillo,” starring a who’s who of local talent. Fogerty proved jovial over the phone on Monday.
This year's benefit moves to Auditorium Shores and is scheduled for October 29. Headliners include John Fogerty, Shakey Graves, and Jack Ingram, and the event — named "Back to the Armadillo" — will celebrate the Armadillo World Headquarters and include special performances from Michael Martin Murphey and Gary P. Nunn.
Rock legend John Fogerty, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performs live at 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Levitt Pavilion of Performing Arts, headlining the Levitt’s Gala Fundraising Evening
Standing on a giant block of concrete that was anchoring part of the stage at Freedom Fest, I felt like I was dreaming. No more than 20 feet away stood John Fogerty, a musical hero of mine since I was a kid, and through my telephoto camera lens, he looked even closer, and then when it was time for a guitar solo, he swaggered my way, looking right at me and grinning.His voice sounded every bit as strong as it must have when I saw him fronting Creedence back in 1972, on my 12th birthday, and his guitar work was undoubtedly better, thanks to years of nearly constant dedication to improving his six-string skills. How could he be rocking this well, 45 years later?
That the Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is performing at the 10th and most likely final Freedom Fest on Saturday has a lot to do with that support for people who serve their nation in the military.
John Fogerty might not be a fan of war, but he has big love for warriors. The driving force behind the timeless music of Creedence Clearwater Revival served in the Army Reserves during the Vietnam War and has long been a champion for veterans, most recently on the title song of Brad Paisley’s “Love and War” album.