Fogerty on CCR Reunion: ‘Well, I dunno’
Almost 40 years after one of the most acrimonious breakups in rock ‘n’ roll history, former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty says he’s willing to consider the possibility of an eventual reunion.
Though their recording career spanned a mere five years, Creedence amassed one of the most successful — and enduring — discographies of the rock era, selling millions of albums and churning out an impressive stack of hits that included ‘Down on the Corner,’ ‘Fortunate Son,’ and ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain?’
Personal strife engulfed the band, however, destroying Fogerty’s relationship with his brother, Tom, who quit the group in 1971 and died in 1990. He also had tough dealings with bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford — and a series of bitterly contested lawsuits after the breakup only deepened the split. When Creedence was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, Cook and Clifford were barred from the stage.
But age seems to have mellowed Fogerty, who, when recently asked about a possible reunion, mused, “I have to admit, people have asked me more recently, and even though I have no idea how such a series of events would come to pass, I can tell that there isn’t the bombast in my voice, in the denial, in the refusal. It’s more like, ‘Well, I dunno.’ Never say never is I guess is what people tell you. In this life, all kinds of strange things come to pass.”
Fogerty is currently recording the follow-up to his 2009 album, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, and he’s been hinting at something special for the project, saying, “I will be having some other artists guest with me so that makes it — it’s not all under my control, let’s put it that way. I hope to have a lot of really high-caliber players and we should have lot of fun with the material but I really can’t say much more about it right now.”