John Fogerty Gives New Memories to Old Emotions

The Pearl, Oct. 17


Photo by Lacee Benda

The songs are so ubiquitous within our culture, it’s easy to forget just how many modern-day masterpieces John Fogerty composed, or to take them for granted. But when the 69-year-old rock legend began roaring through those Creedence Clearwater Revival classics—“Travelin’ Band,” “Green River,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain”—emotions and memories unconsciously attached to those songs surfaced, along with a realization of not only how engrained they are into the American fabric, but also into our own individual DNA, with “Born on the Bayou” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” affecting me personally.

Fogerty, perhaps still trying to make up for the 25 years he refused to play CCR songs after their bitter breakup, dove into each song with a youthful earnestness. His band, which included son Shane on guitar and powerhouse drummer Kenny Aronoff, stretched out on epic jams “Ramble Tamble” and “Keep On Chooglin’” as Fogerty showed off his underrated guitar skills. He closed the two-hour show with an unbeatable trio of “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Proud Mary,” concluding a performance every bit as timeless as his songs. ★★★★★

Photos by Lacee Benda

Travelin’ Band
Green River
Who’ll Stop the Rain
Born on the Bayou
Lookin’ Out My Back Door
Hot Rod Heart
Ramble Tamble
Joy of My Life
Midnight Special
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Mystic Highway
Long As I Can See the Light
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
New Orleans
Keep On Chooglin’
Hey Tonight
Down on the Corner
Up Around the Bend
The Old Man Down the Road
Fortunate Son
Bad Moon Rising
Proud Mary

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