Fogerty rocks Deer Valley
June 22, 2012
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Fogerty took the audience at Deer Valley for a ride into the past with a blistering set that featured his trademark Cajun-swamp voodoo rock.
Fogerty, the former lead singer and guitarist of Creedence Clearwater Revival, not only played a heavy dose of CCR works, but a handful of covers as well.
The evening kicked off with the foot-tapping beat of "Hey Tonight" and ended with the sing-a-long chorus of "Proud Mary."
The shoot-from-the-hip band, featuring drummer Kenny Aronoff, peppered the set with the grooves of "Green River," the poppy lament of "Lodi," the head-bobbing "Midnight Special" and the honky-tonky "Down on the Corner."
The group surprised the crowd with a handful of covers including John Prine’s Muhlenberg County," Rick Nelson’s "Garden Party" and Roy Orbison’s "(Oh) Pretty Woman."
Also on tap was the Motown staple "Heard It Through the Grapevine," which CCR covered in 1970s.
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Getting back to the Creedence catalog, the night was filled with memorable and deep-cutting riffs of "Rambunctious Boy," "The Night Time Is the Right Time" and "Gunslinger."
At one point, Fogerty spoke briefly with the crowd and reminisced about playing Woodstock and how the rain pelted more than 500,000 people, before launching into "Who’ll Stop the Rain."
His other song about cloudy weather, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," became another audience sing-a-long, as did "Bad Moon Rising."
Of course the set included Fogerty’s solo-career singles "Centerfield" and "The Old Man Down the Road."
Interestingly, the singer shied away from "Susie Q," but the audience didn’t seem to mind. Old and young looked content shaking their booties and raising their beers, wines and sodas in a collective toast as each song began.
Throughout the two-hour, 20-song set, Fogerty took charge of his guitar and bent its strings in lead after lead as he interacted joyfully with his musicians.
Furthermore, his trademark throaty voice held up and sounded as it did back in the day.
For a 67-year-old rocker, John Fogerty doesn’t look like he’s ready to hang up his guitar and harmonica anytime soon. In fact, when the final note of "Proud Mary" faded in the night, and the "thank yous" were shouted, the man and his band sounded as though they could have played at least another hour.