On Thursday night about a hundred or so fans braved a torrential NYC downpour to attend a free (with rsvp) show at the iHeart Radio Theater in Tribecca to see John Fogerty and his band play songs from his new album Wrote A Song For Everyone and hit songs from his days in Creedence Clearwater Revival. The performance was streamed live on the iHeartRadio website and broadcasted live on NYC classic rock radio station Q104.3 FM.
We were ushered into the theater at 7:45pm and everyone promptly got their spot as close to the stage as possible. The excitement in the air could be felt by all as we patiently waited to see one of rock’s greatest musicians perform for us in such an intimate space.
It was a matter of minutes before veteran NY disc jockey Jim Kerr of Q104.3 came on stage to introduce the band. The theater erupted with a thunderous applause, hollers and chants of "Fogerty!" as the band members grabbed their instruments and began to jam out. After a few minutes a flannel shirt wearing Fogerty appeared onstage and got us rocking!
Mr. Fogerty started the show off with the classic CCR tune "Green River". It was instantly noticeable that his voice was the same one that us fans have grown up to recognize. After the song he took a minute to tell us that his new album comes out this Tuesday (which is also his birthday). Another great CCR tune, "Born On The Bayou", was next and we were all singing along to every word. For the next song Mr. Fogerty informed us that it was a new one ("Hot Rod Heart") and he enlisted country music star Brad Paisley to share the vocal duties with him on the album. He then took a minute to introduce us to his son, Shane Fogerty, who was playing alongside him.
It seemed only fitting, with the baseball season being underway, that the next song up was "Centerfield". For this one Mr. Fogerty whipped out his very unique guitar that is shaped like a baseball bat. At the risk of sounding cliché, I will say that so far the show was a homerun. His backing band were proving to be a solid group of musicians and keeping up with all of Mr. Fogerty’s guitar changes. Next up on the set was "Ramble Tamble". Although unrecognized by most of us, it had all the elements and ingredients of a signature Fogerty song.
Before playing the next song Mr. Fogerty shared with us that it was one of his favorites and it was dedicated to his little baby girl (Kelsea?). Then the familiar chords of "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" echoed throughout the theater. It was certainly a crowd favorite and had us all once again singing along. "Mystic Highway", another new song, was next and this one REALLY rocked! It stretched out to over 7 minutes easily and featured an impressive solo from Shane followed by him and his father trading blistering solo licks back and forth. Like father like son! After the song they shared a hug that clearly marked a special moment for both of them.
Mr. Fogerty informed us that the new album had been recorded at Abbey Road Studios and while it featured many songs from the past most of them had been reworked and recorded a bit differently. The next song was an example because on the new album it features his two sons, Shane and Tyler. Since Tyler though was up in Washington state hunting Bigfoot it was up to Shane and John to perform "Lodi" for us.
Another favorite CCR song, "Bad Moon Rising", was next and this song was reworked and recorded with the Zac Brown Band for the new album. We Creedence fans loved every minute of hearing this song live as it’s one of those tunes that you seem to hear everywhere. The final two songs to close out the hour long show were "Fortunate Son" and "Proud Mary". John and his band took off their instruments to wave us a goodbye and we all reciprocated right back with shouts of thank you’s and applause. This was my first time seeing him perform live. Why I waited so long I don’t know, but the next time he’s in the area I’m certainly making the effort to see him again.
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