Stu Cook and Doug Cosmo Clifford were the men behind the bass and drums, respectively, for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame CCR when it was riding high on the charts behind such tunes as Wholl Stop the Rain, Lookin Out My Back Door, and, yes, Proud Mary. But following Tom Fogertys departure in 1971, the band recorded its final album, 1972s Mardi Gras, as a trio. Since then there have been a number of ugly lawsuits, with John Fogerty on one side and the bands label, Fantasy, on the other, and the remaining members either in the middle or actually allied with the label against John.
The proceedings so angered Fogerty that he vowed never to perform his CCR songs again, which opened the door for Creedence Clearwater Revisited. With one-time Cars member Elliot Easton on lead guitar and John Tristao handling vocals, the band hit the road.
And the courtroom, too, once again facing Fogerty, who fought the band over its name. Eventually Clifford and Cook emerged victorious, the Revisited part of the name good enough to suit the courts.
CANT STOP THE MUSIC
But what about the music? Thats what led the twosome once again to the bandstand, and critics and audience alike agree the new band keeps the spirit of the old intact. Of course, it helped that Fogerty eschewed his own compositions until just a few years ago, but the new CCR band now featuring guitarist Tal Morris and guitarist/keyboardist Steve Gunner continues to tour relentlessly, reminding audiences of how great those hits from nearly 30 years ago really were.
We never really had any intention of playing for the public, says Cook. But a friend wanted to promote a couple of concerts. We got talked into it, but didnt know how it would go over.
Audiences were so enthusiastic that the band finally decided to record a live document of their concerts. Recollection was recorded in western Canada, the result of numerous requests from Revisited fans to make a CD available. It was generated by requests of the people who came to the shows, Cook acknowledges. Over and over they would ask, Do you guys have a CD?
So what can the audience at the Odawa Casino expect? A generous helping of Susie Q, Lodi, Down on the Corner and any number of hits from the three years that CCR owned the top of the pop charts. That unique combination of swamp rock, blues, and boogie sounds just as invigorating now as it did then.
The show takes place Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $40. For more information, call 877-442-6464 or 439-6100, or log onto odawacasino.com.