Friday, August 22, 2008


A few months ago we had dinner here at our local casino and I noticed a billboard advertising Creedence Clearwater Revisited. I really wanted to make note that I was going to call and get tickets for the show in August. I forgot!

My neighbor told my husband last night that they were going to concert this evening at the Mill casino. I said oh who are they seeing? When my husband told me Creedence Clearwater I almost had a stroke. They were one of my favorite bands in the 70's and I realized that I had not remembered to purchase tickets. I immediately called the casino and got tickets and we went to the concert tonight.

It was so fun. My husband is an old stick in the mud when it comes to rock and roll but by the third song he was standing and clapping and singing and swaying with the rest of us.

Most of you know I am sure, CCR broke up at one point years ago. There were the Fogerty brothers and Stu Cook and Doug Cosmos. Stu and Doug started the band over 50 years ago and it is as good if not better now as it was then. The new singer that took the place of John Fogerty after his death sounds just like him. Following is the article I found online about the band today. It was a great evening and I feel like a 25 year old again. What memories. The people were dancing in the isle and some of them were in there 60's I would guess.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revisited today

These are the 2 original members of the band, they started CCR over 50 years ago.
Stu and Doug

blurry but wonderful...I was on my way to the rest room and walked right up front
I was so excited. I didn't want to miss anything but my bladder was about to burst and I blurred the photo as I rushed by the stage.
Darn it!


Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford may not have intended it, but their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited has taken on a startling life of its own. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section (bass and drums respectively) from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits - touchstones of a generation. Though the pair initially only planned to play private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a year and has released the album "Recollection."

"We never really had any intention of playing for the public," says Stu. "But a friend wanted to promote a couple of concerts. We got talked into it, but didn't know how it would go over."

Since then, the reaction to Creedence Clearwater Revisited's concerts has been astounding, and driven in part by a generation of kids who, as Cosmo says, "weren't even born when the music came out." Likewise, the release of a double-live CD on Universal's Hip-O Records label, which features passionate, authoritative versions of 22 classic hits - was the result of public demand. "It was generated by requests of the people who came to the shows," Stu acknowledges. "Over and over they would ask, "'do you guys have a CD?'" Creedence Clearwater Revisited's "Recollection" has proven so popular that it was certified as a gold record by the RIAA in 2002 and is well on its way towards platinum record status.

Having now toured North America, South America, New Zealand, Europe and Asia, knocking out audiences with astounding concerts jam packed with songs that are still a staple of radio and movie soundtracks, Creedence Clearwater Revisited has come a long way. "In the beginning Cosmo and I decided that if we could find the musicians that could capture the sound and recreate what the music was about, we'd do it," recalls Stu.

As fans who have experienced a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert can attest, Stu and Cosmo found the right players. Lead singer/rhythm guitar player John Tristao, a powerful tenor with the energy to power songs, initially rose to prominence as lead singer for the band People when their hit "I Love You" bulleted into the top ten. Lead guitarist Tal Morris has been described as "the quintessential Bay Area guitar prodigy" and his monstrous talent unleashed live is what a rock 'n' roll concert is all about. Talented multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner rounds out the group. As Cosmo puts it, "Gun provides live all the overdubs that were on the records. He plays keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica and sings the high harmonies."

With this new lineup, Stu and Cosmo and their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited add a new chapter to their legacy with vibrant and exhilarating energy and pure American spirit. As the Hollywood Reporter's music critic John Lappen wrote about a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert in Los Angeles, "Their set was an amazing list of hit after hit that was done serious justice by the players involved. If anyone in the cheering crowd was disappointed [anyone] wasn't there, they hid it well behind their big smiles and whoops of joy at hearing live some of the best American rock ever written and recorded." "People don't want to be involved in an endless debate," Cosmo sums up. "They want to hear the music." And Creedence Clearwater Revisited always delivers.


焉得谖草 said...

It is such a fun to go to your favorite band's concert. Lucky you!

By the way, I like your artifacts shown in your page. Are these made by yourself? It seems you have a sensitive heart. It is a pleasure to make something out of our owm hands.

Wish you a happy day every day!


Anonymous said...

Lucky you!!!! They've been one of my favorites. Glad to hear hubby got into too! After all who could resist.

Jeannene said...

Sounds like a really fun time. I am so glad you two got to go. I like some of their songs too;-))


Nonnie said...

a favorite of mine as spontaneous nights like that....and what fun to just have fun, dance and sing and enjoy the night for what it was!....a wonderful, fun opportunity to live life!