The question must be asked, but you know it must be the last question asked.
Interviewing Stu Cook, bass player for Creedence Clearwater Revisited playing this weekend at Wild Adventures, and original member of Creedence Clearwater Revival, a reporter must ask about the split among band members.
Despite these legendary differences and decades of not playing and not really communicating, does Cook think a day will ever come when he and fellow CCRevisited and CCRevival member Doug “Cosmo” Clifford might perform again with Fogerty?
“We have no relationship with Fogerty,” Cook says in a phone interview. “I don’t know him.”
Cook knows this assessment of his former bandmate sounds harsh to fans who have been listening to CCRevival’s songs for 40 years on the radio.
He doesn’t know him!? Cook knows that likely sounds unbelievable since on any given day, on any given radio station, anywhere in the United States, people can hear Cook, Fogerty, and Clifford perform “Midnight Special,” “Proud Mary,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Fortunate Son,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Run Through the Jungle,” “Susie Q.,” “Down on the Corner,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” and “Lodi.”
Though the relationship is no more, Cook says the band’s staying power, whether talking about the recordings of CCRevival or the live performances by CCRevisited, is owed to Fogerty’s ability to write great songs as well as his and Clifford’s abilities to compose memorable music.
Together, Cook, Clifford and the Revisited musicians have been touring for nearly 20 years. Cook and Clifford formed Revisited partly to end embarrassing situations.
“Usually, we found ourselves playing with people who thought they knew the songs, but they didn’t know the songs,” Cook said, in a past interview, adding that cover bands often play songs differently than the original group. “So, I’d be playing ‘Born on the Bayou’ with a club band, and I’m looking around, thinking this is our song, but I’m the one who’s lost.”
In 1995, Cook and Clifford had enough. They decided to put a band together to play the Creedence Clearwater Revival songs as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
As it stands, CCRevisited still enjoys playing CCRevival songs. Cook says he can look into audiences now and see three generations of fans. The music never gets old because the fans never get old.
Of course, the Fogerty question gets old, even though it’s as expected in a Creedence interview as much as an audience expects to hear “Bad Moon Rising” in a Creedence show.
Throw out the example of any middle-aged person looking back on friendships from college and their youths. Each person has people from their past, people with whom they were once close, whom they no longer contact, see or hear from for whatever reason. Throw that example out, and Cook catches it and tosses it back: Yeah, now imagine, everyone knowing you and your old friend and wondering when you’re going to get back together ...
Creedence Clearwater Revisited in concert.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
Where: Wild Adventures Theme Park, Old Clyattville Road.
Admission: Concert is included in the park’s regular admission price and included in season passes. Reserved seating available for an additional $15.
More information: Visit wildadventures.com or call (229) 219-7080.