By Chuck Cox
Any time I’m one of the youngest audience members at a concert, it’s a pretty good indication I’m there to see a legendary performer. That cause and effect was absolutely true on Friday night, when I made my way to Verizon Theatre to see former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty play live.
It was my first time to see Fogerty, who has toured pretty sparingly the last couple of decades. And it was well worth the wait.
Even at 68 years old, Fogerty looks and sounds amazing. CCR’s music is so timeless, and to get to hear Fogerty play so many of those tunes live was something I would have hated to have missed this time around. Luckily, the high school I cover, Highland Park, had a Thursday football game this past week, so I was able to get to the show.
After a technical snafu that forced a re-start right out of the gates, Fogerty and his band tore through a ton of CCR songs, a few select covers, and some of his solo tunes. There was also a video screen behind the band that showed some historical photos and video of Fogerty throughout his amazing career. There was even a little bit of fire, pyrotechnics, and confetti to go along with it all. Nothing wrong with a little style, as long as the substance is there, too. And, boy, was it.
Fogerty looked like a man half his age while treating the fans to CCR classics like “Born on the Bayou,” “Lodi,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?,” “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising,” and set-closer “Proud Mary,” to name a few. He also covered Little Richard’s “Good Golly Miss Molly,” calling Richard the best rock and roll vocalist ever; Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”; Lead Belly’s “Midnight Special”; and Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman.” And the guy is also a killer guitarist.
Being such a big sports fan, “Centerfield” was also really cool to hear live after hearing it at pretty much every baseball game I’ve been to since the song came out in 1985. His son, Shane, is also playing guitar in his band, which was cool to see.
With no opening act, Fogerty played a little more than two hours. He also played one of the two new songs from his most recent album, Wrote a Song For Everyone, which is filled with some of his classic songs with notable artists singing with him, and two new songs.
As an added bonus, I had time to get over to the Inwood Theater after the show and see Alfred Hitchcock’s “Dial M For Murder” in 3D at midnight. Now, that’s a serious night of entertainment.
Because I went to see Fogerty, I wasn’t able to catch the first day of the Index Festival in Deep Ellum. But I was there for the entire second day on Saturday. Check back later this week for my thoughts on that full day of musical entertainment.