John Fogerty plays his first rodeo
When John Fogerty and his band Creedence Clearwater Revival were at the very beginning of its career and long string of hit records, the country had just been through a contentious and violent political year that saw the election of Richard Nixon to the presidency and protests in the street.
That was 1968.
Nearly 50 years later, Fogerty’s swampy rock music and voice remain a clarion call of speaking truth to power. On Monday, the rock legend made his debut at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo at the AT&T Center. He took the stage to joyous screams, wearing his familiar plaid western shirt to open with “Travelin’ Band,” the Little Richard-style rocker.
“Green River,” growled and snarling, followed. It roared, with Fogerty backed by a five-piece band which included his son, Shane Fogerty.
There was the Woodstock-era hit, “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” with metaphor and politics mixing gently.
When he played the Majestic Theatre last year, Fogerty showed that songs like “Fortunate Son” and “Bad Moon Rising” are as ominous today as they were in a distant time of political assassination and the Vietnam War.
He showed that the same passion still burned in the hearts of many at the sold-out concert.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is seemingly ageless and his trademark rasp and power remain intact — exceptionally so.
— Hector Saldaña