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Sunday, July 29, 2007


The Sunday Morning Nobody-Asked-Me-To, But-Here-I-Go-Anyway Concert Review - John Fogerty

(or, Why I Will Never be A Professional Concert Reviewer...)

Un...

Freakin'...

Bee-lievable...

Last night we may have just seen the best live concert I have ever seen in my life. I mean, I was anticipating THIS one, but any expectations I may have brought to The Saddledome were blown out of the water. This guy was flippin' amazing!!!!

If you don't know who John Fogerty is, you're probably still nursing, so continue watching The Wiggles.

For the rest of you, the former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival has clearly made peace with his past. He only played FOUR songs from his solo career over two hours last night, the rest were spectacular takes on the many, many CCR hits. I can't even begin to list them all, it seemed like he played the entire catalogue, starting the show right out of the gate with "Travelling Band". Songs I hadn't even dared to dream I might hear last night, and many more.

Even "Keep On Chooglin'". I never knew what "chooglin" was back when I was younger, still don't know now, but love the song anyway. I used to have it on an 8-track tape, CCR Live In Europe, and that version was so long it switched tracks midway through the song.

What struck me the most last night was that this guy has the most recognizable voice, and rock 'n' roll licks of all time. Every song has guitar licks that are known to listeners in the first few notes. Probably even more than The Beatles.

And Fogerty is the architect of all that. The rest of his old CCR bandmates still tour, as Creedence Clearwater Revisited. As a matter of fact, they were in town to close The Calgary Stampede. We passed on that. It would be like going to see Wings, without Paul McCartney. Or Overdrive, without Bachman & Turner.

Van, without Halen. You get what I mean...

Opening the show was Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, who was a treat as well. Terrific solo stuff, as well as a couple of outstanding Rodeo tunes, "Five Days In May", and "Trust Yourself".

But it'll be Fogerty that we'll never forget.

Un...

Freakin'...

Bee - lievable...

Chow for now!!

5 comments:

argyca said...

Yep, he was great here too, No frills, no gimmicks, no flash pods, no BS. Just straight ahead rock and roll.
This is what a rock show be all about.

I've been waiting for over 30 years for Mr. Fogerty and he sure did not disappoint.

I am very surprised at the lack of solo material. His recent albums are all killer. Deja View...all over again is amazing as well as Premontion and Blue Moon Swamp.

Amazing, simply amazing.

ThatDanGuy said...

Yessir, he was astounding. At one oint, over tot ehside of the stage,he pulled off a guitar solo that would have made Eddie or Jimmy proud.

Best show ever, hands down.

And that's even over Celine!!!

rockon said...

I betcha' James Blunt is running scared right about now!?!!?

ThatDanGuy said...

Good point.

WAS he as good as Blunt?????

I'll have to think about that one...

ThatDanGuy said...

Holy crap!

Looking at my first reply, I either need to lay off the barley juice, or watch my spelling and spacing.

Dang laptop keyboard....