John Fogerty upset old bandmates touring as CCR
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, July 7, 2011 4:48PM EDT
TORONTO - Legendary songwriter John Fogerty has a cavalcade of hits at his disposal when creating a concert setlist, including the songs he penned with Creedence Clearwater Revival -- including "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" and "Fortunate Son," to name just a few -- and his solo smashes, like "Centerfield."
But he admits to being frustrated that another group feels entitled to play almost the same set, even though he alone has songwriting credits for most of the tracks.
That act is Creedence Clearwater Revisited, which includes two of Fogerty's old bandmates in CCR and a fill-in lead singer. The act played a couple of shows north of Toronto a few weeks back, just before Fogerty's gig on July 16 as part of the BlackCreek Summer Music Festival.
"I would prefer that that didn't happen," Fogerty said of his former bandmates touring with a name similar to the old CCR moniker.
"We had an agreement among ourselves way back in the day that we would never do such a thing, and having seen the result of these guys doing this now I still have the same opinion. I think it really confuses the fans.
"Using the name is sort of a sacrilege to what we believed when we were young guys in a band together -- but you know, I don't sit around and worry about it too much."
He doesn't worry about it because the 66-year-old Grammy winning artist is still continuously touring and recording new material.
In fact, despite zig zagging the globe for decades, he's still playing to new audiences. His most recent tour took him to Argentina, Brazil, Columbia and, for the first time, Russia.
"That for me was very enjoyable. It's funny, I feel just like you would if you were 23 years old and going to Russia for the first time. It's very exciting to get to go to these places that you've, of course, heard about all your life," he said.
"They seemed to be very happy and very receptive and there was almost a sense that they've been waiting a long time, which I definitely could feel myself. It makes it really special, I must say."
Fogerty also confirmed he's set to start recording a new album, although he was otherwise mum on details.
For his last record, "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," he signed on a number of big name special guests, including Bruce Springsteen and Don Henley. He's hoping to record with some other legends again but won't say who.
"Because of the special nature of it, the release of it will be driven by how soon we accomplish everything we're trying to accomplish -- without giving any more of it away," he said.
"I will be having some other artists guest with me so that makes it -- it's not all under my control, let's put it that way.
"I hope to have a lot of really high-calibre players and we should have lot of fun with the material but I really can't say much more about it right now."