Another one of my favorite bands is Creedence Clearwater Revival. They’re something quite different, more catchy tunes and country sauce all over the rock ‘n’ roll, with good lyrics and another wonderful growling voice. It’s a shame the band only existed for a couple of years, but man, did they produce some great albums! I’ve got Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) on vinyl and I really love the ending track:
There’s a little scratch around the last minute so this song just keeps going when I play it. It’s kinda nice to have it not end, but also sad not having it end properly.
The reason I’m writing this post, is because yesterday I went to the ‘John Fogerty 1969 show’. He didn’t want to play any CCR songs for a long time after the band broke up, just to keep his old record company from making any more money out of him, but today he’s playing them with pride! After reading ‘Bad Moon Rising: The unauthorized biography of Creedence Clearwater Revival’ by Hank Bordowitz, I kinda got the impression John Fogerty was a grumpy and bitter man, yet a musical genius. So seeing this happy, lively, excited and funny 72-year-old, was very strange. He’d be running around, jumping like a kid who just crawled onto a stage for the first time, telling great stories like the one about Woodstock.
The show started with a long film being projected on a white curtain, it was about the importance of 1969 and we got to see images of the band or articles about them, and clips of John singing and giving an interview. After a while I started thinking: This was all a joke; we’re not getting to see him play live, just clips! But then there was an old clip of him singing, and the curtain fell down, and there he was, singing it right now! I was glad to hear his voice hadn’t gone too bad, you could still hear the young John in there. The band was very good, consisting of his son and also a very weird but talented piano player. All the band members got their moment in the spotlight sometime during the show, which seemed like a contrast to the way John used to want to be CCR by himself and the other members didn’t matter very much to him. Anyway, it was nice to hear all their hits again (they had nothing but hits), often with longer guitar solo’s, which I love. The only minor thing was that there were too many visual effects, like John was trying to cover up the fact that he isn’t 20 anymore and his voice will never reach the same levels. The music didn’t need all that extra, the songs are masterpieces, every single one of them! And how amazing it was to hear them live. I enjoyed a very good performance and am glad to have been able to see another 60’s /70’s legend!
He didn’t play this last night, but at that first “becaaaause” I still get goosebumps… Man the power in his voice! He sure is unique.