Friday, September 13 at 8 pm (Main Stage)
There’s a really good reason The Dude in “The Big Lebowksi” wants his Creedence tapes back when his car is stolen. He owns little of value, but when the cop asks him what he cares about in the missing car, his short list includes those Creedence Clearwater Revival cassettes. We know what those tapes sound like. Show of hands for those of you who play your CCR tapes (records, CDs) on a regular basis? Yep. That’s what we thought.
John Fogerty ‘s band — with his brother Tom, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford — churned out hit after hit in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. Songs like “Green River,” Fortunate Son,” “Down on the Corner,” “Travelin’ Band” and others made for a golden age in radio and help define the sound of those times. By the 1970s though, internal tensions tore the band apart. While each of the members took on new projects, ultimately it was John’s work that made the most impact. He emerged in 1985 after a long hiatus with his monster album “Centerfield,” a No. 1 record with a slew of tasty singles. After another long break, he released “Blue Moon Swamp,” which garnered him a Grammy.
Fifty years is a remarkable achievement for any career, but for rock and rollers, it’s especially so. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is going strong on this most golden of anniversaries. Few figures in rock and roll can match not only his enduring popularity, but the immensity of his contribution to the popular music canon. Distinctive vocals, killer riffs, great lyrics — and yes, we know all the words.