From the 1980s through 1997, John Fogerty refused to play any songs in concert that he wrote for his legendary rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival.
During that period, he was embroiled in a series of lawsuits over the ownership and use of his Creedence songs. Most of the disputes involved Saul Zaentz, the former head of his record company in the Creedence years, Fantasy Records.
Eventually, Zaentz retained ownership of the Creedence catalog, but Fogerty made peace after his bitter battle, realizing
During his on-stage guitar demo, he shared a rift on a Telecaster and the story of his first Les Paul Custom. He also strayed from the typical Fogerty sound when he played a solo section that would make Eddie Van Halen stop in his tracks.
That was good news for the fans that packed Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica last night as the tour swung through town. They were clearly there to hear the songs that Fogerty has refused to play. And the 70-year-old Fogerty, whose raspy voice still sounds as good as it ever did, didn't disappoint.
Fogerty brought his "1969 Tour'' to a sold-out Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica Wednesday night. I think I can safely say that while he may not yet embrace his former bandmates, he has come to embrace the love that we – the fans – have for those songs.
If karma is real, Curnane clearly has some of the good stuff stored up, because members of Fogerty’s team happened to discover her ad — and responded by not only fulfilling her request, but sending her a pair of front-row tickets that came in an envelope reading “Believe in little miracles.”
It's a big year for John Fogerty. The musician behind Creednce Clearwater Revival recently turned 70, and his autobiography, "Fortunate Son," will be published in October. But is this as big as 1969, the year when Creedence was one of the biggest bands in the world?
"When you're young, you kind of put your head down and start working," said the 70-year-old musician. "You have an idea, and you work real hard, and when it comes true, you sort of just take it in stride."
He’ll be playing most of the hits CCR had in 1969 — “Down on the Corner” and “Fortunate Son,” to name two more. Expect to hear most of the other early favorites, and some of his post-CCR solo hits as well.
Here’s footage of John Fogerty to remind us of just how amazingly good he is. Performing with an all-star band – Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Steve Jordan on drums and Randy Jackson on bass – John blows away the 1989 Concert Against Aids in Oakland, CA.
Nineteen sixty-nine was a pretty good year for John Fogerty. His band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, released three landmark albums, hit the Top 5 on the charts with four singles, appeared twice on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and performed at Woodstock and the Atlanta Pop Festival.