Creedence Clearwater Revisited Talk Retiring From Touring: 'This Just Seemed Like a Good Time to Wrap it Up'
The big wheel is about to stop turnin' for Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
The group, formed 25 years ago by Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford, plans to stop touring after its 2019 itinerary, which currently lists 21 dates starting April 27 and will add more before it's all over, according to Cook. And the bassist tells Billboard that there's not a lot of drama behind the decision to stop keeping on chooglin'.
"Both of us are approaching 74 this month and just thought, 'Y'know, we've been there, done that, seen it, we know how it feels, we know how it tastes'," Cook explains. "We're gonna miss it, but there's still time to do other things in life. We all have bigger families, grandkids. We're still playing great, but we are pretty tired of the road. We're not retiring, but the idea right now is to put the band to bed and see what else comes along and how we feel about it moving forward. I'd like to try other things and explore other ideas and places before my time's up. This just seemed like a good time to wrap it up."
CCRevisited formed during 1995, at a time Cook and Clifford's former bandmate John Fogerty was still refusing the play the band's material. The original lineup included Cars' guitarist Elliot Easton for the first decade, while John Tristao was frontman until 2015, when Dan McGuinness took over. Multi-instrumentalist Steve "The Captain" Gunner is the only other constant member besides Cook and Clifford. The group's lone album release, the live Recollection, was certified platinum in 2007.
"Our project has only been to celebrate and honor the original band," Cook says. "When we started we were the only original members performing the music, and that had been a void for over 25 years. To get a second bite of the apple with such a great catalog was a real blessing for us; We actually, in the course of this work, found that we have more fans now than we ever did, and they're younger than they ever were -- three full generations, working on a fourth. That certainly makes us feel like it's all been worth it."
Cook and Clifford did lock horns periodically with Fogerty -- who famously refused to perform with them during CCR's 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction during Revisited's tenure. Though in 1997 Fogerty's legal actions briefly forced them to change the group name to Cosmo's Factory, courts ultimately ruled in the duo's favor and it returned to the Revisited moniker. The three CCRevival veterans settled their various disputes a few years ago and now jointly operate an LLC "to market the brand and, if you will, exploit our good will," with plans for merchandising and other endeavors -- among them a possible video release of CCR's performance at the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair, which was not included in the 1970 documentary from the festival.
"We're not sniping at each other anymore," Cook reports. "We're focused on the good things about Creedence, which is where I think we should be. There were, on my part, several attempts over the years to turn the situation around, but John was never interested. And if John called me, I'd certainly talk to him. I always felt we were cheating ourselves by not at least trying (to reunite), but fortunately this (CCRevisited) project over the last 25 years has put the focus back on the music itself. Creedence fans around the world have moved on from our internal squabbles and the music reigns supreme."
CCRevisited will not be taking part in any of the Woodstock 50th anniversary celebrations; Cook will be vacationing in Honduras at the time. But he and Clifford are looking towards the final shows, which Cook predicts "will be a tough one" but, ultimately, satisfying as a long-term job well done.
"I have been announcing our (farewell) plans at shows and you can hear the disappointment, but I announce it early so they have the show to forget that part of it," Cook says. "We really do think it's the right thing to do and the right time to do it. We're proud of what we've done with this -- no regrets, maybe some disappointment but we should all be thankful about the opportunities we had and what we accomplished and just try to be in the moment and play the best shows we can."
Creedence Clearwater Revisited's farewell tour itinerary so far includes:
April 27 – Zacatecas, Mexico @ Plaza de las Armas
June 13 – Del Mar, California @ San Diego County Fair
June 14 – Sahuarita, Arizona @ Desert Diamond Casino
June 15 – Maricopa, Arizona @ Harrah’s Phoenix Ak-Chin
June 20 – Ridgefield, Washington @ Ilani Event Center
June 21 – Snoqualmie, Washington @ Snoqualmie Casino
June 22 – Canyonville, Oregon @ Seven Feathers Hotel & Casino
June 27 – Mayetta, Kansas @ Prairie Bank Casino & Resort – Great Lakes Ballroom
June 28 – Mahnomen, Minnesota @ Shooting Star Casino – Showroom
July 18 – Chicoutimi, QC Canada @ Festival Bieres du Monde de Saguenay
July 20 – Sherbrooke, QC Canada @ Fete du Lac des Nations
July 25 – Enoch, AB Canada @ River Cree Resort & Casino
July 26 – Calgary, AB Canada @ Grey Eagle Event Center
July 27 – Medicine Hat, AB Canada @ Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
Aug. 9 – Biloxi, Mississippi @ IP Casino Resort Spa – Studio A
Aug. 10 – Vinton, Louisiana @ Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel
Sept. 13 – Brookville, New York @ Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
Sept. 14 – Frederick, Maryland @ Great Frederick Fair
Sept. 25 – Solana Beach, California @ Belly up
Sept. 26 – Bakersfield, California @ Kern County Fair
Sept. 28 – Yakima, Washington @ Central Washington State Fair