In 1995, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford reunited for the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project and have spent the last 20 plus years mesmerizing audiences with their classic tunes. This Tuesday, CCR will play the 1,700-cap City National Grove of Anaheim on their current 40-stop tour.
Revisited played a few shows in 1995, then took off in 1996 with 190 stops throughout the year. Hall of Famers Cook and Clifford decided to slow the pace to 100 shows per year, then 75 dates for about 15 years. For the past few years, the seasoned band has been making roughly 50 stops on tour.
Cosmo told Amplify “I can see a younger band that’s trying to get a career going or promoting an album” doing that many shows, but “the road is not so easy.” He added “It’s more than I figured I’d be doing at this point in my life. It’s a good thing. We’re fortunate to be able to do it and we’ll do it until we can’t.”
The 71-year old musician said he loves playing the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival songs he began performing in the late 60s. He explained he still gets a kick out of hearing their music when he goes to stores and when Revisited plays South America he said he can’t walk down the street without being chased for an autograph.
“The songs are terrific. There was a 25-year period where we didn’t play these songs,” he said. “The way I look at it, every night could be the last night I play. There is no guarantee on tomorrow, so I want to have the best performance possible.”
The band has toured for the last 23 consecutive years, a feat Cook and Cosmo never could have imagined without their other members.
“In the beginning, Cosmo and I decided that if we could find the musicians that could capture the sound and recreate what the music was about, we’d do it,” recalled Stu in a statement.
Their five-piece group is rounded out with multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner, lead vocals and rhythm guitarist Dan McGuiness, and lead guitarist Kurt Griffey who has played and recorded with members of the Eagles, Foreigner, the Moody Blues, Wings, Lynyrd Skynryd, Santana and Journey.
Cosmo attributes the continued success in touring to the multi-generational audience he sees from stage every night.
“Right now we have more younger fans than older fans. It’s great to have that young energy there,” Cosmo told Amplify. “Then of course you see guys like yourself there with grey hair with a smile on their face, reflecting on days passed.”
He explained that as the years have gone on, he’s begun to see a fourth generation attending the show as well. He calls the 7, 8, 9-year olds singing along in the audience “single-digiters.”
“It’s pretty cool to see a whole family out there enjoying the same music for different reasons,” Cosmo said. “There are memories being rekindled and memories being kindled and being born on the spot. It’s very humbling to know that we have reached millions of people literally across the planet.”
The currently scheduled dates for 2017 are listed below. For tickets to upcoming shows go here.
|March 4, 2017||West Wendover, Nevada (Peppermill Concert Hall)|
|March 7, 2017||Anaheim, California (City National Grove of Anaheim)|
|April 6, 2017||Scottsdale, Arizona (Westworld)|
|April 8, 2017||Indio, California (Fantasy Springs Resort Casino)|
|June 30, 2017||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Event Center at Sugar House)|
|July 1, 2017||Charles Town, West Virginia (Hollywood Casino)|
|July 7, 2017||Mahnomen, Minnesota (Shooting Star Casino)|
|July 8, 2017||Osceola, Iowa (Lakeside Hotel Casino)|
|July 11, 2016||Elk Grove Village, Illinois (Elk Grove Village Mid-Summer)|
|July 29, 2017||Beaver Creek, Colorado (Vilar Performing Arts Center)|
|July 30, 2017||Littleton, Colorado (Hudson Gardens)|
|Sept 16, 2017||North Las Vegas, Nevada (Cannery Casino & Hotel)|
|Sept 17, 2017||Cerritos, California (Cerritos Centers for the Performing Arts)|