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CCR Mixes It Up -- Carefully -- These Days

Of the Oakland Press

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With a formidable set of hits from its Creedence Clearwater Revival days — 17 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — Creedence Clearwater Revisited is hard-pressed to dig too deep into its catalog.

“The entertainer side of it says don’t mess with something that’s working,” notes bassist Stu Cook, who launched the Revisited project with drummer Doug Clifford — much to the ire of group leader John Fogerty, who’s now a solo act — in 1995.

But Cook, 63, says he and Clifford and their compatriots now see some value in opening things up a bit.

“We know about an album’s worth of material we don’t play a lot — ‘Molina,’ ‘Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do),’ ‘Cotton Fields,’ which was a big hit outside the United States,” he notes. “We even had ‘Porterville’ worked up at one point, when Elliott (Easton, of the Cars) was still in the band.

“There are a lot of places we go pretty regularly,” Cook acknowledges, noting that the DTE Energy Music Theatre is an annual stop. “There are some people who have season tickets, and they’re seeing us every year. So we think it would be nice to hit ’em with something different every now and then and surprise ’em.

“But, y’know, we’ll always play the big hits. We wouldn’t get out alive if we didn’t.”

Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (July 13) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $34.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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