Sydney Morning Herald
AFTER years of not being allowed to play his own songs, John Fogerty told a packed stadium he wanted to convey the flavour of the time in 1970 when his band recorded Cosmo's Factory, the seminal Creedence Clearwater Revival album that yielded such timeless songs as Lookin' Out My Back Door, Who'll Stop the Rain and Long as I Can See the Light.
After bounding onto the stage, the 66-year-old, in trademark plaid shirt, ripped through a blistering version of album opener Ramble Tamble with drummer Kenny Aronoff showing early signs of power and control that would come from the engine room for the next two hours.
A slide show featuring scenes from CCR's early days (focused exclusively on Fogerty) rolled out along with protest images that surrounded the Vietnam War and the upheaval in America during that period. At times the images stretched into the singer's more recent family photo album, while the real interest lay in his impressive back catalogue of solo material and CCR classics.
Fogerty highlighted music greats Roy Orbison, Bo Diddley and Elvis Presley among others for influencing him, but it was late in the set when the band burst into Down on the Corner and Fortunate Son that long-time Fogerty fans erupted with the wildest applause. His distinctive voice cut through and his superb guitar playing was every bit as magical as when he first laid down the songs that influenced his own generation.