Launched last November Canada, the 1969 tour features the 69-year-old former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman putting Creedence songs front and center. The tour’s name, subtitled “One Extraordinary Year” and “Featuring the Songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival,” is a reference to the year Creedence released their second, third and fourth albums — Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy and the Poor Boys, respectively. Those albums launched the band to stardom, producing some of their biggest hits, including “Born on the Bayou,” “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Lodi,” “Down on the Corner,” “Fortunate Son” and more.
It appears as if the tour dates are still in the planning phase. So far, the only confirmed stop is July 15 at the Hollywood Bowl, though the tour’s scheduled to begin in May. Fogerty promises to announce more dates soon on his official website.
Fogerty’s clearly undaunted by an ongoing lawsuit by his former band mates, who perform under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, and the widow of late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, initiated a suit in Nevada last December, claiming Fogerty’s in breach of contract with regard to a settlement the band members reached in 2001, and also charging him with trademark violations. The original band members pay Fogerty a fee to use “Creedence Clearwater” as part of their band name, and claim Fogerty’s in breach of contract with what they say is his “unlicensed uses of the trademark ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival.’ The trademark is not owned by him, but by the Creedence Clearwater Revival Partnership.”
For his part, Fogerty responded, “No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs. I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road. Rockin’ all over the world!”
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