John Fogerty Considers Possible Revival of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Posted November 1, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Good Moon Rising: Could a CCR revival be on the rise? John Fogerty thinks so.

It has been almost forty years since the swampland blues-rock group broke up. But their music is just as timeless as the Beatles. Songs like “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Up Around The Bend,” “Proud Mary,” “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” and “Down On The Corner” are drilled into the conscious of hippies and their grandchildren. It turned the relatively-small Fantasy Records of San Francisco into a gold mine. But their short period of recorded music, lasting from 1968 to 1972, ended abruptly as tensions started to spread regarding creative control and internal issues.

But the original members of Creedence Clearwater Revival might be the next big thing that gets revived in rock n’ roll’s near future.

In recent years, the band’s front man and primary songwriterJohn Fogerty has incorporated classic CCR songs in his live concerts. As many already know, Fogerty has avoided the CCR catalog in his own shows and was adamant in his decision to never reunite with his fellow CCR band, but lately he has had a change of heart.  “It’s possible,” he said in a new interview. “If you feel good and you get busy, [eventually] … your heart heals.”

All the original members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford are still kicking and are performing CCR material in their own Creedence Clearwater Revival Revisitedband. Fogerty plans to implement front-to-back “LP-inspired” concerts, which will only focus on full playlists from the Green River and Cosmo’s Factory albums – much in the style of Steely Dan’s critically-acclaimed special shows. The original band themselves have not performed together since 1972, except for an one-time benefit in the early-’80’s.

But Fogerty is open to the suggestion. “I realized that it had been a long time,” he says to Rolling Stone. “I’d lost so much of my anger from those times. I have a really wonderful life now.” But he still believes outside forces will have to call the shots. “I think the call would maybe have to come from outside the realm. Somebody would have to get me to look at things in a fresh way. My mind wanders to a truism in life.”

Reunions of classic bands are still the hope of rock ‘n roll. When The Police reunited for their 2007-08 tour, it created a ripple effect for other well-known bands. Even Pink Floyd still ponders on the idea of performing together for a couple of shows (Most recently, David Gilmour and Roger Waters performed at a Palestinian benefit event in 2010). Just recently, the original members of The Time reunited for a new album and are expected to tour together for the first time in over twenty years.

So what do you think?
Ready for a “forutnate” reunion?
Is it even possible?
Speak your thoughts.

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J Matthew Cobb

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