Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford may not have intended it, but their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited has taken on a startling life of its own. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section (bass and drums respectively) from the legendary group Creedence Clearwater Revival launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits ‑ touchstones of a generation. Though the pair initially only planned to play private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a year and released the album “Recollection.”
“We never really had any intention of playing for the public,” says Stu. “But a friend wanted to promote a couple of concerts. We got talked into it, but didn’t know how it would go over.” Since then, the reaction to Creedence Clearwater Revisited’s concerts has been astounding, and driven in part by a generation of kids who, as Cosmo says, “weren’t even born when the music came out.”
“The true test of any concert is how the music makes you feel,” commented Classic Rock Revisited critic Jeb Wright about a 2013 concert. “On this night, this writer walked away with a wonderful feeling, having just witnessed timeless, historical music, performed to perfection. Creedence Clearwater Revisited not only looks to the past, performing iconic songs, they bring them to the modern day, reminding us all of the true importance of music.”
Having toured North America, South America, Central America, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Asia, knocking out audiences with astounding concerts jam packed with songs that are still a staple of radio, television and movie soundtracks, Creedence Clearwater Revisited has come a long way.
The band has also released a double‑live CD, which features passionate, authoritative version of 22 classic hits as the result of public demand. “It was generated by requests of the people who came to the shows,” Stu acknowledges. “Over and over they would ask, ‘do you guys have a CD?’” Creedence Clearwater Revisited’s “Recollection” has proven so popular that in 2008 the RIAA certified it Platinum.
“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,” recalls Stu. As fans around the world can attest, Stu and Cosmo found the right players. Lead singer/rhythm guitar player John Tristao, a powerful tenor with the energy to power songs, initially rose to prominence as lead singer for the band People when their hit “I Love You” bulleted into the top ten. The newest touring member of Creedence Clearwater Revisited is lead guitarist Kurt Griffey. As a guitarist, song writer, producer and performer, Griffey has recorded and toured with musicians including members of the Eagles, Foreigner, the Moody Blues, Wings, Lynyrd Skynryd, Santana and Journey. Talented multi‑instrumentalist Steve Gunner rounds out the group. As Cosmo puts it, “Gun provides live all the overdubs that were on the records. He plays keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica and sings the high harmonies.”
Stu and Cosmo and their band Creedence Clearwater Revisited add a new chapter to their musical legacy with vibrant and exhilarating energy and pure American spirit. As the Hollywood Reporter’s music critic John Lappen wrote about a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert, “Their set was an amazing list of hit after hit that was done serious justice by the players involved. If anyone in the cheering crowd was disappointed [anyone] wasn’t there, they hid it well behind their big smiles and whoops of joy at hearing live some of the best American rock ever written and recorded.” “People don’t want to be involved in an endless debate,” Cosmo sums up. “They want to hear the music.” And Creedence Clearwater Revisited always delivers.
“I went to see Creedence Clearwater Revisited and I have to say, the band is kicking ass.” ~Goldmine
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Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Universal’s Hip-O Records are proud to announce the reissue of the live double CD, RECOLLECTION.
RECOLLECTION features new live versions of many of the all time great Creedence Clearwater Revival hits and was recorded during one of the numerous powerhouse shows Revisited has performed since 1995. These were the first recordings of Creedence Clearwater Revival music released in over 20 years by any of the legendary group’s former members.
RECOLLECTION was recorded in western Canada, the result of numerous requests from Revisited fans to make a CD available. “It would never fail at shows that people would ask if we had a CD,” says Clifford, “RECOLLECTION is really a response to that demand.”
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s distinctive swamp rock went against the grain of the ’60s psychedelic San Francisco and won a worldwide following and numerous gold and multi-platinum singles and albums. It was rebellious, sometimes militant rock, co-opted into three minute radio gems that remain a rock radio and movie soundtrack staple.
After Creedence Clearwater Revival disbanded in 1972, Cook and Clifford — who had played together since junior high — remained close. They formed a production company together before heading off for separate musical projects, Clifford playing with the renowned Sir Douglas Quintet and Cook joining with a few former Doobie Brothers in the pioneering country-rock band Southern Pacific. When those projects ended, Cosmo and Stu hooked up again. Realizing both missed playing live Creedence music that had been lying dormant — with ex-bandmate John Fogerty previously calling for a boycott of and refusing to publicly perform Creedence Clearwater Revival music — Doug and Stu decided to put together their own band to perform the songs in concert.
Since then, Revisited has been playing classics like “Susie Q,” “Lodi,” “Proud Mary,” “Down On The Corner,” “Fortunate Son” and “Who’ll Stop The Rain” throughout North America, South America, New Zealand, Europe and Asia and many maintain is tighter than even Creedence Clearwater was. Revisited’s natural feel for this timeless music is evident on RECOLLECTION, which is an exciting and satisfying new chapter in this legacy.
“The music strikes the right chords with a cross section of listener. It is the music of the Vietnam era, high school dances, biker rides, baseball games, love found, love lost, rebellion…and eternal youth… “Revisited” works, not only because it has two of the original CCR pieces in place and thus, directly connected to history, but it works because it captures a slice of time.” ~Laughlin Entertainer
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, Stu Cook and Creedence Clearwater Revisited are pleased to lend their support to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International which has included the band’s version of the Chuck Berry Christmas classic “Run Rudolph Run” on JDRF’s CD “Hope For The Holidays.” The CD is a charitable album to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and also features tracks recorded by Collective Soul, Weezer, The Beach Boys, Jon Anderson of Yes, and others. Please visit www.holidayhope.net for details.