John Fogerty

Three-entry days haven’t been the norm ’round these parts since the halcyon days of 2005. Blame the weather (a balmy -22), the fact that the Mirthmobile was in the shop having her tires changed, a sudden surge on inspiration: no matter the cause, I want to be blogging more often.

Even if it’s just setlists for the time being. John Fogerty was even better than I expected; he could’ve literally walked off after the first five songs and we’d have gotten our money’s worth (and yeah, that’s partly because our tickets in the Saddledome’s farther reaches only cost $26). The nostalgia was sometimes heavy-handed, but Fogerty’s music is as vital in 2014 as it was in 1969. The fact that the show’s start time coincided almost precisely with the Ferguson grand jury verdict was particularly poignant.

Two mild complaints: 

  1. Wither “Rockin’ All Over the World”? I like it, I like it, I like it, I like it!
  2. Wither the Calgary show among Fogerty’s live downloads? [It was eventually posted. Buy it: it’s seriously good.]

Set:

  • Born on the Bayou [Creedence Clearwater Revival] (the show actually opened with a video, presumably from 1969, of Fogerty performing “Born on the Bayou.” He and the band didn’t take over till the second verse. It set a strange tone, although it was quickly obliterated by the following four-and-a-half songs. Again, sometimes the nostalgia was too heavy-handed for my liking.)
  • Travelin’ Band [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Up Around the Bend [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Who’ll Stop the Rain [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Night Time is the Right Time [Nappy Brown] (I actually heard the Rolling Stones cover this song in 2005; they falsely attributed it to Ray Charles, although he does do a famous version)
  • Sweet Hitch-Hiker [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Lookin’ Out My Back Door [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Joy of My Life (dedicated to Fogerty’s wife, who was ostensibly off to the side)
  • Midnight Special [Lead Belly]
  • Keep On Chooglin’ [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Hey Tonight [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • New Orleans [Gary U.S. Bonds]
  • Lodi [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Commotion [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Green River [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Mystic Highway
  • Hot Rod Heart
  • Ramble Tamble [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Long As I Can See the Light [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine [Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong]
  • Bad Moon Rising [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Down on the Corner [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Centerfield
  • The Old Man Down the Road
  • Fortunate Son [Creedence Clearwater Revival] (Imagine this was your song? Like, how must John Fogerty feel, playing “Fortunate Son” every night and going, “Yeah…I wrote this.” And that’s before mentioning some of the other songs.)

Encore:

  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain? [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
  • Proud Mary [Creedence Clearwater Revival]

Meanwhile, Fogerty’s drummer is none other than Kenny Aronoff! I’d have paid $26 just to see him.

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