Rockin' With Fogerty
John Fogerty. Say the name and the impact will be different, depending on your
musical tastes, your knowledge of, or interest in pop culture, and of course,
your age. For me, Fogerty means Creedence Clearwater Revival, the band he
fronted from 1967 to 1972. During those amazingly short five years, which were pivotal not
only to the band, but to popular music in general, CCR "rocked the foundations."
And John Fogerty, now at age 67, "rocked the foundations" of the Sony Center for
the Performimg Arts in Toronto, Canada on September 14th, 2012. For two hours,
Fogerty, dressed in a blue/white plaid shirt and jeans, danced from one end of
the stage to the other, taking the sold-out audience for a hit-filled musical
ride that started fast and finished even stronger. Mixing in his earthy and
folksy persona, sense of humor and heartfelt gratitude, the iconic
singer/songwriter featured material from CCR’s 1970 classic Cosmo’s Factory,
plus other Creedence classics and his own solo hits. Fogerty played more like a
20-year-old -- his voice hasn't aged and he played a mean guitar, switching
instruments on almost every song. When it was all said and done, the three-song encore punctuated by dry ice, fireballs and red, white, blue confetti cannon shots, left everyone wanting more, but the singer was too spent to make the demand. Overall, the music from the show and its accompanying images from the past just merely confirmed the relevance and timeliness of Fogerty's music in the over the last 40 years, and will continue to do so for another 40. Fogerty's strong performance showed why he's truly one of the greatest rock 'n roll legends. His concert was, without a doubt, the best I've ever seen and one that I will always remember. Keep rockin', John Fogerty!!!