John Fogertyâ€™s Revival
After a Rangers game a few years back, my in-laws caught Creedence Clearwater Revisited, the John Fogerty-less oldies revival act playing many of his classic hits that he rarely played as a solo act. My in-laws claimed Fogertyâ€™s replacement (one John Tristao) was almost as good as the original. Now, years after the ridiculous lawsuit brought on by his old record label that prevented him from playing his own songs had been settled, Fogerty is out on the road in support of Revival, his eighth and possible best solo effort.
Of course, even as good as Revival is, itâ€™s still not Creedence Clearwater Revival. And itâ€™s not as if Fogertyâ€™s heading off in any semblance of a different direction. Songs such as â€śDonâ€™t You Wish it Was Trueâ€ť and â€śGunslingerâ€ť mine the same Bayou-country vein as his band did in its golden era. As accomplished as his new sidemen are, the rhythm section just canâ€™t do what Stu Cook and Doug Clifford did in the late '60s. The new songs are good, even great on occasion, but they are still echoes, shadows of â€śWhoâ€™ll Stop the Rainâ€ť and â€śFortunate Son.â€ť Those songs, by Americaâ€™s greatest rock band, will be mixed in with the new material on tour. Fogertyâ€™s recent output couldnâ€™t be anything but mild tributes, snatches of glorious memories brought quickly to mind by his still remarkable voice. -- Darryl Smyers
John Fogerty performs 8 p.m. tonight at Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie. $106-$115.