Sunday, July 02, 2006

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

We went to a concert Thursday night!

But there was something very anti-climactic about the band’s new name and the opening song (not the song itself, but the way they played it...without enthusiasm, without conviction, like this was just another night at the office...ack, this was going to be a disappointment). I didn’t even realize we had purchased tickets for “Revisited” instead of “Revival.” Was it even the same band? At all? They seemed in need of some revival. Thankfully, it got better as the evening progressed. In fact, by the second song, they kicked it up a notch and became more of what we had come to see (and hear). Absent was John Fogerty who left the band years ago. But with a new lead singer who sang with that same gruff voice and a young talented lead guitarist, the original drummer and bass player (who have played together since they were 13 years old, in their garage) played all of their old hits (and nothing else), pleasing the fans who all looked like older, plumper versions of their former 60’s/70’s “swamp rock” groupie selves. I, of course, was too young to be much of a groupie at that time, but enjoyed listening to them perform so many classics like Suzie Q, Heard it Through the Grapevine, and Proud Mary.

It turned out to be a very fun evening, a much needed night out.


At 9:30 PM, July 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe it took awhile for them to warm up cause they had to go smoke some whacky tobacky. or maybe their pills kicked in. i'm just kiddin. not really. or am i

At 11:14 AM, July 03, 2006, Blogger beth said...

Glad it ended up being fun, even with a rocky start. :) Maybe it just takes 'em a while to hear the band over the creaking bones? I'm told that's a problem with the Rolling Stones too. ;)

At 11:37 PM, July 04, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

You guys are probably right (on both counts). The drummer and bass player are both 61...but then, this is a lot younger than many of the blues musicians I listen to, many of whom are in their 80's and still as energized (albeit in the seated position) as the young whipper snappers.

At 2:25 AM, July 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've always heard that a rolling stone gathers no moss. but i'm telling you, those rolling stones, they need to retire their mossy butts before someone mistakes them for a fossil.

At 10:08 AM, July 05, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...



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