At this point, Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays to four generations of fans, a whole subset of which are younger than 10.
Drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford calls them the single digiters. He sees them out in the crowd, singing along.
“We have more younger fans than older fans,” says Clifford, who started the Revisited project in 1995 with bassist Stu Cook. The band plays Tuesday, March 22, at Table Mountain Casino.
As the name suggests, the Revisited band plays the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, which Clifford and Stu started with singer-guitarist John Fogerty and his brother, Tom Fogerty, in the late 1960s.
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In many ways, CCR defines rock music of its era.
This is a band that headlined the Saturday night slot at Woodstock the same year it had three albums (and four singles) in the top 10 on the rock charts. Its album “Chronicle, Vol. 1” is also known as “The 20 Greatest Hits,” and every song is a sing-along classic. CCR is in the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, of course, and its song “Fortunate Son” is on the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
The band broke up in 1972 and for years was mired in legal struggles that kept its music from being played.
7 the number of major hit singles CCR had between 1969 and 1970.
The demand for it never went away, though, Clifford says.
“People still want the music, want to hear it live.”
That’s especially true in South America, where CCR once had entire radio stations dedicated solely to its music, he says. The band did an eight-show, four-country South American tour last year and was met with overwhelming response.
“Down there, we’re the Beatles,” Clifford says.
Fans broke into soccer-style chanting at the shows and chased the band members in the streets.
The Revisited show is a bit like hearing “Chronicle” in concert, Clifford says. The band does its hits – “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and the full eight-minute-plus version of “Suzie Q.” The song was broken into two parts when the single was released in 1968.
“Live, we play the whole thing,” Clifford says. “If you like Creedence music, you’re going to love this band.”
I never get tired of this show.
Doug Clifford, drummer for Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
- 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22
- Table Mountain Casino, 8184 Table Mountain Road, Friant
- Tickets: $49-$69
- 800-541-3637, www.tmcasino.com