A concert review from The Movie Snob.
John Fogerty (Oct. 18, 2013, at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas). How often do you get to see a rock and roll legend, much less one who performed at Woodstock? I heard that Fogerty was coming to Dallas only last weekend, and I did not hesitate long before shelling out my $65 for a ticket. (For a seat with a slightly obstructed view, as it turned out. But three giant screens over the stage made that a minor annoyance.) I was only four when Creedence Clearwater Revival broke up, but like every American over a certain age I’m reasonably familiar with CCR’s hits and a few of Fogerty’s solo efforts. Fogerty, who is 68, put on a good show (with no opening act). He played quite a few songs I wasn’t familiar with, but even they were reasonably enjoyable. And he played plenty of songs I did know. Off the top of my head, he played:
Born on the Bayou
Good Golly Miss Molly
Who’ll Stop the Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
Down on the Corner
Looking out My Back Door
Long As I Can See the Light
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
The Old Man Down the Road
Bad Moon Rising
I don’t remember much about the songs I didn’t recognize, although one called Mystic Highway was pretty nice. Fogerty played a solid two-hour set, and his voice is still good. He told a few interesting anecdotes, including a story about CCR’s performance at Woodstock. CCR got the 9:30pm slot on Saturday night, right after the Grateful Dead, but the lack of organization, technical problems, and, well, the Grateful Dead kept CCR from taking the stage until about 2:30 in the morning, when most attendees were asleep.
The show was much louder than I had hoped it would be, but I went prepared with earplugs. I noticed the middle-aged fellow in front of me put his fingers in his ears for the first few songs, and then an usher came by with a big cup full of earplugs and gave him a couple. In sum, it was good show, and I was glad I went. Go see him if you get the chance — but take some ear protection!