Some shows are just way cool to see, and John Fogerty at the New
World Theatre was one of them. Why? Well, sometimes that answer is,
well, just because.
A Concert Review
Sure, Fogerty has been around a while and youngsters probably
consider him an old fogy who couldn't keep up with their favorite
new artist, but I'll tell you what, after seeing this show I just
have to think that he could kick their asses, keep on grinning, and
blow out a great guitar jam all at the same time. He accomplished
the last two during his two hour musical feast, and from the energy
and fun he seemed like he was having I'm sure adding the first part
of that equation wouldn't be very hard.
John Fogerty was out supporting his "Premonition" tour,
and it was a showcase of John showing he can blast out a guitar jam
with the best of them, was still able to work an entire stage, and
is sounding as good as ever. The set list wasn't a huge surprise,
being a mix of songs from the CCR days to his recent solo material,
but what really impressed me was how he could take all of his energy
and wrap it down for a great acoustic-ish set, with his way-cool
swamp background shifting from daylight to nighttime, complete with
a blue moon and stars shining down on Fogerty and his band.
You know the songs he sings, like "Lodi," "Suzie
Q," "Centerfield," and "Fortunate Son," and
some of the songs you might not know, like, well, alright, you
probably know the rest of the songs like "Proud Mary,"
"Bad Moon Rising," "Have You Ever Seen the
Rain," and maybe even "Premonition," and
"Working on a Building." He even covered some Hank
Williams with a great version of "Jambalaya (On the
Bayou)" which had the crowd dancin' all over the damn place.
Everyone at this show seemed to know them all, including me, but
there was one song that I didn't know, "Cotton Field," and
that was too bad because Fogerty did something I have never seen an
artist do - let the crowd sing the entire song. He's up there on
stage mouthing the lyrics, while the crowd takes over, and, well,
that was just one of those other things that made me duly impressed
with Mr. Fogerty.
There isn't much else to say about John Fogerty except that an
old fogy he ain't. He's up there running around almost like a little
kid, prompting sing-a-long after sing-a-long from the crowd, and
just showing that he's still kicking ass after all of these years.
This review is sort of short, because there isn't much else to
say except this show was just way cool to see. Sometimes that's just
the way it is. With that, it's TWO BIG OL' ALLIGATOR THUMBS UP for
John Fogerty. If you want to hear CCR classics along with some great
solo stuff, well, a Fogerty show is the place you should be.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!!! L8R!!!