Creedence Clearwater Revival is reclaiming its Woodstock heritage this year, which is music to the ears of group members Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, who now lead the spin-off band Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
Cook says that after performing at the legendary rock festival in 1969, CCR frontman John Fogerty voted against using letting any of its songs appear in the resulting film or soundtrack album. “He told us that we didn’t play well enough,” Cook, 64, recalls. “We’ve never gotten a satisfactory answer for (why). My recollection is we did OK.”
Now, however, CCR appears on a just-released new edition of the “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music — The Director’s Cut” DVD, and it will have songs on “Woodstock — 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm,” a box set coming out Aug. 18, which Cook feels is “righting a wrong, and we’re happy about that.
“I’ve seen a few minutes of our performance on the new DVD, and it looks like fairly journeyman Creedence to me. It looks good. I was quite moved, actually, to look back that far into my past and see something that, frankly, I thought I’d never see. It was kind of overwhelming.”
Cook, Clifford and their Revisited mates, meanwhile, are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their CCR, and the bassist says longevity is allowing them to reach deeper into the Creedence catalog.
“For the longest time, we felt that playing the hits was what people came to see us for,” he explains. “You hate to mess with a good thing, but we have to do something that excites us, too, we’re reaching a little further in.
“We figure in year 15, it wouldn’t hurt us to take some more chances. We don’t think anybody’s going to get up and leave.”
Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Slight Return perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (June 12) 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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