John Fogerty knows the power of good old rock & roll
The Grove of Anaheim; Anaheim, Cal., Nov. 27, 2004
ANAHEIM, CA - With what we already know about John Fogerty's life so far, including those long standing public battles with his former record company and band mates over the years, on up to his recent unsuccessful attempt to unseat President George W. Bush by way of a politically active touring package, you'd half-expect the man to appear beaten and bloodied onstage.
But such was not the case tonight. Instead, this rock elder statesman grinned big and hopped around the stage like a teenager who was experiencing his first garage band. Or to paraphrase one of his songs, he acted like a baseball player who was finally given the chance to play centerfield.
Fogerty hit the stage with the appropriately titled "Travelin' Band" and then kept the energy level way up high for approximately two hours strong. His set list ranged from the gently acoustic "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" to the angry and hard "Fortunate Son." In addition to plenty of Creedence Clearwater Revival selections, such as these, Fogerty also performed newer solo creations like "Sugar-Sugar (In My Life)" and "Deja Vu (All Over Again)." All the while, both the new and old tunes were treated with equal enthusiasm.
This acclaimed songwriter appeared to be having the best time of all when singing old blues songs, such as "The Night Time Is The Right Time," where he could fully indulge his love and respect for classic American sounds. But his healthy 30-song show, which included two encores, allowed for countless highlights.
Backed by a stellar four-piece band, which included Billy Burnette on guitar, Fogerty mainly stuck with meat 'n potatoes rock, which was then spiced up with a little country here and a smidge of folk there.
Obviously, the raw power of good old rock & roll still sets John Fogerty free.