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CCR Duo Celebrates 50 Years Of Friendship

Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been 50 years since Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford met each other in their junior high homeroom in El Cerrito, Calif., and discovered mutual interests in hot rods and music.

And after two bands — the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame outfit Creedence Clearwater Revival and their current Creedence Clearwater Revisited, which the two began 14 years ago — Cook is pleased to say that “we’re now better friends than we’ve ever been.”

“I try to think back to what we were doing 50 years ago,” says the bassist, “wearing leather jackets, greased-back hair, looking down our nose and trying to bad-look everybody...

“We can learn a lot about the rest of our lives from our own relationship, that we’ve been able to keep this one together and keep it growing for so many years. If we could have 50 more years, I’m sure we’d take ‘em.”

But Cook, 62, acknowledges that he and Clifford have had rough patches — particularly in 1972, after CCRevival’s acrimonious breakup. The two are still on the outs with frontman John Fogerty, who maintains a solo career, but remain tight with each other.

“We lost that lovin’ feeling for a while, sure,” Cook says. “You’re never gonna be always on the same side of the coin. But lack of communication is generally the root cause of problems; once we got a little older and figured that out, we could put things into perspective somewhat. “So maturity has helped, and so has this project (CCRevisited). There’s nothing like music to make it right.”

Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs at 8 p.m. Friday (March 28) at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $25 and $10. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com. The group is slated to return to play July 17 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre; ticket details will be announced soon.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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