Exclusive: John Fogerty to Expand '1969' World Tour, Release Autobiography This Year
As Fogerty is to expand his "1969" world tour celebrating the year CCR released three albums, he's also announced an Oct. 6 publication for his autobiography, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music (published by Little Brown) which Fogerty tells Billboard will be as frank and forthright as the song it's named after.
"I'm just being brutally honest," he says. "I'm not trying to shock or surprise anybody; really, I'm just being honest. It's just simply the only way I've been able to exist, anyhow. I don't know any other way, for my own mistakes and certainly mistakes of others, if you want to look at it that way. In the end, human beings, we are what we are. I'm not running for president or anything, so I'm not white-washing the life that I lived."
Pre-orders for the book are currently being accepted at online retailers.
Prior to the book's publication, Fogerty will be back on the road with the "1969" show, which he played to rave reviews in Canada. Though it also includes material from throughout the rest of his career, the concerts focus on the year CCR released three top 10 hits and ultimately multi-platinum albums -- Bayou County, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys -- scored four top 5 hits (including "Proud Mary" and "Bad Moon Rising") -- played Woodstock and even outsold the Beatles during that time. And in addition to the hits, on the Canadian run Fogerty and his band included rarities such as "Ramble Tamble," "Keep On Chooglin' " and covers of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu."
"It's amazing how well it all worked out," says Fogerty, who credits his wife and manager Julie with the "1969" concept. "In '68, of course, we had one hit, 'Suzie Q,' and being very aware of the syndrome of the one-hit wonder I had kind of taken stock and just looked at it and was like, 'OK, a thousand other people have one hit. Now what?' And, y'know, I was on the tiniest label in the world (Fantasy) and it was a jazz label to boot, so those people didn't know anything about rock 'n' roll. I didn't have a manager, didn't have a publicist, none of the usual trappings. So I literally said to myself, 'Well, I guess I'm gonna have to do it with music, 'cause that's what I understand.' So my idea was to make as much really good music as I could and have good songs on both sides of the single, like the Beatles did, and trying to make the albums interesting. I really just upped my game, I guess, though I didn't have a phrase like that in those days."
The "1969" dates start May 2 at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis and are currently booked to Aug. 9, including a July 15 stop at the Hollywood Bowl.
Fogerty -- who for nearly three decades refused to play his CCR songs until beginning again in 1997 -- says the tour has "been a lot of fun, really an enjoyable presentation. You're presenting an era, really, which has been as much fun for me as the audience, I think." He's currently being sued for trademark violation by former bandmates Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford (currently leading Creedence Clearwater Revisited) and the estate of his late brother and CCR guitarist Tom Fogerty and issued a public statement saying that, "I am at a wonderful place in my life. I am playing the music that I love and wrote...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."
A retrospective Fogerty box set is also expected to be released this year, but no details have been revealed for that yet. Fogerty's tour dates, included several just announced, include:
May 2 - Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival – Tom Lee Park
May 3 - Whites Creek, TN @ Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
May 5 - Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheater
May 6 - Charlotte, NC @ The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory
May 8 - Orange Beach, AL @ The Amphitheater at The Wharf
May 9 - Duluth, GA @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center
May 10 - Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
May 12 - Augusta, GA @ Bell Auditorium
May 13 - Simpsonville, SC @ Charter Amphitheater
May 15 - St. Augustine, FL@ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
May 16 - Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 17 - W. Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
June 5 - Honolulu, HI @ Blaisdell Arena
June 22 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavillion
June 24 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
June 25 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
June 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 30 - Vienna, VA @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
July 1 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
July 3 - New Buffalo, MI @ Four Winds Casino Resort – Silver Creek Event Center
July 4 - Dublin, OH @ City of Dublin Independence Day Celebration
July 5 - Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
July 7 - St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
July 8 - Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
July 24 - Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle
August 8 - Englewood, CO @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
August 9 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sandia Casino