John Fogerty, securing his legendary, hall of fame status as former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man, stopped by Cincinnati on July 24th to play at Riverbend Music Center’s PNC Pavilion to a crowd of over 2000 fans. In his trademark working man’s flannel shirt and no nonsense approach, he wasted no time in starting right into the show. Opening with the CCR classic “Traveling Band”, Fogerty then reminded us he wasn’t here for chit chat, he was “here to rock and roll” and ripped through a brisk “Green River”. With the guitar tech trading out his gold Les Paul for an acoustic guitar, John had a few seconds of down time to recount writing the next song about the crowds of Woodstock huddling in the cold rain. Joking with the drummer that, while looking the part, he didn’t partake in the hippie movements drug culture.
Fogerty ,unlike many of the aging rock stars touring these days, still commanded the stage and his hit songs. Not known for drawing things out, he ran through the first three songs in just under ten minutes. After “Who’ll Stop the Rain” we were escorted from the photo pit and out the front gate. From the parking lot the stream of CCR hits kept coming making it difficult to leave.