A “music project” that’s been touring for 25 years playing hits around the world will perform at the Great Frederick Fair during its Final Revival tour.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited formed in 1995 with Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford. Cook and Clifford were some of the original members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, which formed in the late 1960s.
Cook, the bassist in Creedence Clearwater Revisited, said he and Clifford started the new band — which he called a music project — because they “needed something to get us out of the house.”
Creedence Clearwater Revisited consists of Cook, Clifford, guitarist Kurt Griffey, vocalist Dan McGuinness and multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner.
Along with Cook and Clifford, the original CCR included guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer John Fogerty and his brother, rhythm guitarist and singer Tom Fogerty. Tom Fogerty died in 1990.
Before forming Revisited, Cook and Clifford were both inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They also played Woodstock with Revival in 1969.
While Creedence Clearwater Revisited doesn’t play any original songs, they do play songs made popular by Creedence Clearwater Revival such as “Down on the Corner,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” and “Bad Moon Rising.”
They also put out an album, Recollection, that features new live versions of the many hits recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The album was the first recording of the band’s music released in more than 20 years by any of the group’s former members, according to the band’s website.
For Cook, his favorite part about playing live is the chemistry and interactions with the audience.
In 2019 alone the band has played dozens of venues for their Final Revival tour and plan to retire “from the road” in early 2020.
“It’s a drag,” he said of constantly being on tour, adding that the band plays 40 to 50 shows a year.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the band as a whole is retiring.
“I don’t know what we’ll be doing, collectively or individually,” he said. “We haven’t gotten that far yet but we’re definitely getting off the road. There may or may not be further performances, but there won’t be any organized touring in a traditional sense.”
For Cook, though, he’s excited to end the road tours as it will give him more time to do more things and explore other options.
“I spent 25 consecutive years touring the world for the Revisited project and there’s hardly anything new about that,” he said. “We’re going to miss performing but everything comes to an end. It’s been an amazing experience and we’ve been privileged to share with our fans.”
For him, he’ll miss the chemistry and the thrill of performing the most.
“It’s how you feel when the last note dies out,” he said.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited will perform at the Great Frederick Fair at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
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