Creedance Clearwater Revisited
(DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI - June 12th, 2009)
If you were looking to catch some memories with some 'good ol' swamp music,' DTE was definitely the place to be. Taking the stage shortly after 7:30pm, and quickly taking us back to when times REALLY meant something, when a cause had a song and the song's had meaning, memory makers, Creedence Clearwater Revisited (the original band's reincarnation project) rocked out DTE for nearly two full hours.
Not wasting any time, CCR went right to rocking with 'Born on a Bayou' which instantly sent us right where we wanted to be. The next song was 'Green River.' It was nothing but a down home party thereafter as CCR lead singer John “Bulldog” Tristao sang 'Suzi Q,' which he introduced as, "Here's a lil' Motown 'Suzi Q' for ya."
Not wanting to be overlooked by some of the crowd, "Bulldog" also paid mention to the Stanley Cup Final Game 7 that our hometown Detroit Red Wings were in, saying "When we came on stage it was 0-0 so were keeping an eye on the score for ya. Asses will be kicked. It'll be a Red Wings night tonight here at DTE ... but, ya know it'll always be Pine Knob to us." Which then sent the three-quarters full crowd into a clappin' frenzy!
Tal Morris on guitar/vocals, Steve Gunner on guitar/keyboards, "Bulldog" on vocals/guitar/harmonica, along with original CCR members Doug "Cosmo" Clifford on drums/percussion/vocals, and Bassist Stu Cook were sure gonna make sure we had a good time.
"Cosmo," while introducing the band, informed us that he played in a Red Wing Alumni Association fund raiser with former Red Wing players. Stu also informed us that he and Doug had known each other since they were 13 years old; along with John Fogerty, of course.
Slowing things down a little was a selection for the girls, 'Long As I Can See The Light.' Not wanting to keep the crowd waiting the band rolled in to 'Down on the Corner,' 'Looking Out My Back Door,' the Marvin Gaye classic, 'Heard It Through the Grapevine,' 'Midnight Special,' 'Bad Moon Rising,' and 'Proud Mary.'
By this time there was NO other words others than crazy to describe the more then approving crowd. Their affection towards the band was displayed with a standing ovation of at least a minute or more.
As they quietened down, "Bulldog" addressed them, "This next song is in the people's key ... so there should be no reason for anyone not to sing"! 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain' belted from the speakers as well as everyone's voices which come the end of the song had "Bulldog" exclaiming, "Hot damn!"
'Travelin' Band' ended the set, but after a few minutes they were back on stage at which time 'Cosmo' tells us, "We're gonna do a real old one for ya now. It's from our first album written by Wilson Pickett. It's called '99 1/2 (Won't Do)'." They then followed that with one off their second album, 'Good Golly Miss Molly,' which Stu informs us is from one of their first inspirations, the great Little Richard.
After a few more minutes off stage, an impromptu drum solo from "Cosmo" brings our attention back to the music, but not before Stu makes an apology. "Sorry for the delay, but I haven't broken a string in over 40 years!" To which the crowd shows their approval with another ovation. Then CCR head into 'Up Around The Bend.'
And so yes, it was definitely a night to remember with CCR lined across the stage shoulder to shoulder, arm in arm. Bowing to the baying, whooping crowd, they thank us, one and all. "Thank you, Pine Knob."
To which we say in return that it is indeed US that should give the thanx to you, CCR!
Review and Photos by: Ramon Trevino, Jr.