Fogerty turns clock back to ’69

John Fogerty will be in Penticton Nov. 27 with his 1969 tour.

John Fogerty explores a killer career year with his 1969 tour hitting the South Okanagan Events Centre on Nov. 27.

John Fogerty explores a killer career year with his 1969 tour hitting the South Okanagan Events Centre on Nov. 27.

John Fogerty’s relationship to music goes back a long ways, even before he was able to speak.

“There is a story my mom tells me that she went to a Beethoven concert when she was pregnant with me and that I was really enjoying Beethoven because I was kicking up a storm to the music, said Fogerty. “My relationship to the music all these years, it has been my best friend.”

Fogerty will be in Penticton Nov. 27 with his 1969 tour, celebrating his love of music and a remarkable year, both for the world and for his band, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Many things happened in 1969 to make it a year to remember. It was the year man first set foot on the moon, and the year Max Yazgur’s farm in Woodstock, New York became the centre of the music world for three days.

It’s also the year that CCR produced three hit records: Bayou Country, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys.

“That year was very remarkable in my life and my band’s career, but I dare say it was one of the more remarkable career years that anyone ever had,” said Fogerty, the band’s principal songwriter. “Three albums that  all did very well, were played on the radio, a lot of hit singles.”

When it comes to milestone years, it would be hard to match 1969 for Fogerty. That’s why this year, as he celebrates his 69th year on earth, he decided to look back on that incredible year.

“My wife  came up with this, why don’t we celebrate this with a tour, actually make the show around that,” said Fogerty. “It’s a privilege really. I was fortunate enough in those times to have written songs that have remained popular.”

Popular is a bit of an understatement for songs like Proud Mary, off the Bayou Country album, which has been covered more than a hundred times by bands in the 45 years since it was released.

Fogerty said he still loves to play those old songs, but tries to make Proud Mary sound just like it did all those years ago.

“I get to play Suzie Q, maybe I change up some of the improvisational parts a little bit. But Proud Mary, as much as I can, I try to play that exactly the way I recorded it all those years ago,” said Fogerty.  “I love playing that solo, exactly as I played it and recorded it then.”

For younger musicians, it’s a question of where they draw their influences from. But for a legend like Fogerty, the list of musicians he has influenced is a long one.

“I am very honoured by that. It’s flattering, I am glad they find some value in my music, the way I found value in the music of people that  influenced me. I certainly know what that feeling is like,” said Fogerty, who lists Steve Cropper — of Booker T. & the M.G.’s fame and 39th on the Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time — as one of his influences.

“You hear somebody do something when you are young and you go oh, how does he make it sound like that? As you grow, you try to imitate that or emulate it’s part of the process of becoming a good musician and I am just happy that people find value in my music,” said Fogerty.

The focus of the concert is 1969, with video and visual inspiration from those times backing up Fogerty’s singing.  Expect to hear songs from all three of Creedence’s 1969 albums, including hits like Proud Mary, Born on the Bayou, Bad Moon Rising, Down on the Corner and Fortunate Son.

“The focus and inspiration is from that time. Certainly, I will speak a bit about that time. And a few of the things that  were going on and some of the lessons from that time,” said Fogerty. “But also, I want the borders to  blur a little. Life has  gone on and I have some other songs that were written and recorded later.”

Fogerty also said he’s looking forward to his first visit to the Okanagan.

“I am looking forward to being able to enjoy the place. I hope I get enough free time, to kind of mosey around and take a look,” he said. “I really love getting out to all the venues around the world and getting to see my fans.”

 

Just Posted

Lightning in Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Okanagan

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms overnight

Justin Fotherby,17, and Ashley McMillan, 17 have been chosen for an invitation only competition that sees 20 of Canada’s top swimmers per event vying for a spot at the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. (Submitted)
Penticton swimmers off to Olympic trials

The pair are eyeing a spot on the Canadian team heading to the Tokyo Olympics

Bentley resting on a bench at Kal Park in Vernon not knowing there is a baby rattlesnake curled up below. Bentley jumped down and was bit by the snake. (Facebook)
Dog bit by baby rattler at popular Vernon park

The rattlesnake was hidden underneath a park bench when it struck out

Renderings of what the skating rink could look like beside City Hall between Martin and Main in downtown Penticton. (Activate Penticton image)
Outdoor skating rink back at Penticton council

City staff recommend going forward with rink which could host 2022 BCHL’s 60th year celebration

Longtime SOWINS volunteer Diane Fru (far left) walks with members of her family as they Walk To End Abuse Sunday, June 13, 2021. South Okanagan Women In Needs Society (SOWINS) raised a record amount this year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Walk to End Abuse in South Okanagan breaks fundraising record

More than $53,000 raised so far while the pandemic has increased need for SOWINS’ services

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

(Heather Lueck image)
Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness captured footage of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

Most Read