If John Fogerty’s 2005 tour with John Mellencamp cocked a few eyebrows, this summer’s outing — with Willie Nelson — has raised them well into the forehead zone.
But the former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader says the pair, who have been dueting on CCR’s “Born on the Bayou” during the tour, are well-matched.
“I’ve met Willie a few times over the years,” Fogerty, 61, says. “I can’t say that we’ve spent lots of time together, but he’s certainly a guy I admire. And, musically, what an icon, y’know? “He’s had a long and varied musical career, and we touch bases on a lot of stuff. So to me, it’s a really fun tour.”
Fogerty, who has four children and three stepchildren from his two marriages, is spending the summer playing the hits and almost nothin’ but — and is happy to do so. His last two releases have been retrospective in nature, celebrating his return to Fantasy Records, CCR’s label, after a long period of estrangement. A career-spanning retrospective, “The Long Road Home,” came out last fall, and he delivered a DVD of the same title, filmed at a concert in Los Angeles, earlier this year. And while he’s known to take a long time between albums — 2004’s “Déja Vù All Over Again” came after a sixyear wait — Fogerty says he’s well on his way to putting out some new music sooner rather than later.
“There’s a lot of music flowing out of me,” he notes. “I’m with my guitar several hours a day, and that’s what always brings new songs, of course. I’m sort of in the middle of the muddle now.
“But I am firmly committed to making an album every couple of years now. There’s not enough time for me to sit around and wait decades anymore. It’s just not gonna work.”
John Fogerty and Willie Nelson & Family perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (August 18th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $59.50 pavilion, $23 lawn; children under 12 get a free lawn ticket with a ticke
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