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Big Wheel Keeps On Rollin' For CCR

Of the Oakland Press

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Creedence Clearwater Revival co-founders Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford have fought for their right to be Creedence Clearwater Revisited for the past 13 years — verbally and legally.

There are no more bad moons rising, but there are still those willing to cause a little “Commotion” about getting the band back together again.

Those overtures have most recently come from CCR’s old label, Fantasy Records, which is now under new ownership (famed TV producer Norman Lear) and has made peace with John Fogerty, CCR’s frontman and chief songwriter — who’s been estranged from Cook and Clifford since the group’s early-’70s split. Cook says Lear has suggested some sort of CCRevival reunion, but the bassist cautions fans against holding their breath.

“I think the record company would love to see something like that happen,” Cook says. “But from our end, and from John’s end, there’s no energy going in that direction at all.

“If none of the principals involved are interested in it, I wouldn’t count on it.”

Besides, Cook says, he and Clifford are still happy with their version of CCR, which continues to play the full range of enduring hits such as “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Bad Moon Rising” and more. They occasionally open the vault to obscurities such as “Cottonfields,” but Cook says experience has taught them to “focus on the material that’s the most recognizable — the strongest, when you think about it.

“We’re blessed,” he adds. “John wrote some of the greatest music in rock ’n’ roll, in popular music. There’s a lot of great tunes — 17 tunes that were in the Top 20 or better, a couple of No. 1 albums ...

“The amazing thing is, we don’t seem like a dinosaur act, not to the audience. We’re not extinct yet. The music has survived in fine style.”

Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 20th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north 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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