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John Fogerty
A Concert Review

July 26, 1998

The New World
Music Theater

Tinley Park, L

A Review and Photos by
The Dude on the Right
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.

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!!!


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