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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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CCR Keeps on Choogling

Ross Boissoneau - March 24th, 2008
Originally a fun idea for a few private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited – the rhythm section of the original Creedence Clearwater Revival plus a couple of stand-ins for the missing Fogerty brothers – has become a regular working band since its inception in 1995. Heck, it’s even come complete with lawsuits of the type that helped scuttle the original band back in the ‘70s.
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 “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” and, yes, “Proud Mary.” But following Tom Fogerty’s departure in 1971, the band recorded its final album, 1972’s “Mardi Gras,” as a trio. Since then there have been a number of ugly lawsuits, with John Fogerty on one side and the band’s 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.

CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC
But what about the music? That’s 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 didn’t 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.
 
 
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