Creedence Clearwater Revisited

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Posted September 28, 2007 in News

The questionable practice of the touring  "ghost band" has been in place for decades—ever since big name swing bandleaders like Benny Goodman and Count Basie began dying—but lately it has become a steadily-increasing trend in rock & roll, one that often reaches bizarre proportions. It’s now occurring across the entire spectrum, from classic rock to soul-funk and punk rock: Ten Years After, the 1960′s British power trio who rose to fame via lead guitarist Alvin Lee’s hyperactive fretwork, still tours—only there’s no sign of Lee on the bandstand; War, famed for incendiary early ’70s workouts like "Cisco Kid" and "Slippin’ into Darkness" features only one original member (in a perverse twist, the surviving core of the band, legally blocked from the War name, now work as the Lowrider Band); ’77-era UK punk rockers Sham 69 just toured California—minus founding lead singer Jimmy Pursey; ditto San Francisco’s Dead Kennedys, who’ve been operating without the querulous pipes of Jello Biafra for years—but that situation arose after the band discovered Biafra had withheld a significant stash of royalty dough. Like the DK’s, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, anchored by the rootsy hippy favorites original rhythm section of bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, get a pass due to the asshole factor: CCR singer-guitarist John Fogerty, master of the terminal hissy fit, won’t have anything to do with ‘em. To their credit, the Revisited outfit began as a response to friends requests for appearances at private parties, then quickly took on a public life of its own. Thus, Cook and Clifford display a ragged, if slightly dubious, nobility, and (sorry, Fogerty) the music still sounds just as good (Jonny Whiteside)

At Pechanga Resort & Casino (45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula) Sunday, Sept. 2, 7pm. Tickets $35-$55. Visit www.pechanga.com/entertainment for more information.


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