The big news for Creedence Clearwater Revival fans this year was former frontman John Fogerty's new album, "Wrote a Song For Everyone," which features all-star covers of CCR's material.
But not surprisingly, it`s an odd fit for his estranged former bandmates Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, who also play the group`s songs with their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited."
"I guess you`ve got to try everything once, don't you?" says bassist Cook, 68. "I listened ot the album. I wouldn't call it one I`d go back to, but having been involved with the original ones I`m probably not in any position to comment other than, `It`s nice.` I don't understand some of it, but if that`s what he wanted to do..."
During his interviews promoting the project, however, Fogerty has said he'd be open to working with Cook and Clifford again. But Cook says its something they've heard before and that CCR fans should not hold their breath for a reunion.
"The first time he said something about that it was in 2012, I think, in July, maybe," Cook recalls. "We actually checked it out, followed it up...and there's no truth to it. So now he trots out the new release and the same thing starts again and, omigosh, he's actually going to try to get mileage out of taunting or dangling some kind of unanticipated event? I have no idea what universe the guy is living in.
"I'm having a great time, and Doug would agree in a heartbeat (that) we're having a great time with the people we're with. We're reaching the same audience we would if we were together with John. We just don't have to go back into that meat-grinder to do it."
Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Slight Return perform Friday, July 19, at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. Tickets are $41 and $31 pavilion, $16 lawn. Doors open at 6 p.m. Call 586-268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.
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