Your average band has thousands of fans.
Better bands have millions.
Legendary bands have generations.
Creedence Clearwater Revival is the stuff of legends, and although the group disbanded in 1972, its Southern-steeped swampy rock has grooved throughout the decades.
The music is timeless, prominently featured on television, radio and film, but also still performed by those who know it best – bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford.
They’re two of CCR’s original members, and they form the backbone of Creedence Clearwater Revisited, performing Saturday, July 7, at Appalachian State University.
As part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, featuring guest Lee Brice, is playing the annual “Outdoor Fireworks Concert” at Kidd Brewer Stadium. What can concertgoers expect?
“All Creedence all night,” Cook said. “We think we put together a set list that really represents, for all of the fans, a good run-through, a great Creedence experience.”
It’s an experience Cook and Clifford were happy to revisit some 18 years ago. After CCR split up, guitarist and vocalist John Fogerty went his own way, but Cook and Clifford remained close friends.
“I’ve known Doug for 54 years,” Cook said. “We met the first day in the seventh grade in home room. The letter ‘C’ put us next to each other, and we started hanging out, and we’re still hanging out.”
In 1994, they were hanging out in a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountains, still playing music and jamming most every day.
“We decided we’d try to do a music project,” Cook said, “and what better project than Creedence? We started messing around in 1994, and, in 1995, it came together. In 1996, we played 106 concerts.”
Cook and Clifford were joined by The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner, with Jon Tristao later joining on vocals.
“I knew a lot of the guys, and we just called people we know and asked for recommendations,” Cook said. “We would just get a list of names.”
Creedence Clearwater Revisited shuffled through guitarists, with Easton returning to The Cars to be succeeded by Tal Morris. Now, Kurt Griffey plays lead, having previously recorded and toured with members of The Eagles, Moody Blues, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana and Journey, among others.
“Eighteen years later, we’re still rockin’,” Cook said. “That was a big surprise, how enthusiastically the Creedence fans received us – that was something else. It’s all fan-driven. Creedence has been a creation of radio and the fans. The band never had any high-powered professional industry backing. It’s all fairly organic.”
As for the fans?
“It’s three full generations of fans,” Cook said. “I think Creedence has the widest, deepest demographic of any recording artist, perhaps. We have fans from 8 to 80 (years old), across the board … There aren’t any groups that don’t like Creedence … and that’s true around the world. It’s probably been the biggest surprise for us, how well the music has translated and how many are Creedence fans.”
Creedence fans can show their support Saturday, July 7, as Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs at 7:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium. A firework show will follow the performance.
Kidd Brewer Stadium is located on Stadium Drive on the ASU campus. Gates open at 6 p.m., and tailgating is permitted in the following campus parking lots: Stadium, Raley, Edwin Duncan and Farthing.
Tickets cost $35 for general admission, $30 for Blue Ridge Electric members and $5 for children. To purchase tickets, call (800) 841-2787 or visit http://www.appsummer.org.
For more information on Creedence Clearwater Revisited, visit http://www.creedence-revisited.com.