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John Fogerty set to rock Bangor this Saturday

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Rock and roll royalty will step onto the stage of the Cross Insurance Center this Saturday night when John Fogerty, creative mastermind behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, brings his band to Bangor.

It's tough to think of another artist with as much mass appeal as John Fogerty. For more than two generations, his songs have touched the lives of listeners spanning a multitude of musical genres. He wrote a song for everyone.

Rock and roll, country, folk, Americana, rhythm and blues mix it all up and you have something resembling the music of John Fogerty. With his one-of-a-kind voice, tinged with a slight southern twang (by way of Berekely, California and a formative diet of Little Richard and Bo Diddley) and a catalog of songs that have virtually become a part of our collective DNA, you have a true American classic.

Another reason to be excited about John Fogerty's concert in Bangor - he has once again embraced those classic songs. For nearly two decades, Fogerty refused to play the songs he had written during his Creedence years. Even hearing 'Proud Mary' on the radio was painful for him.

A lot of young musicians in the '60s and '70s signed impossible record contracts - deals designed solely in favor of the label that kept the artists so busy they didn't have time to wonder where the money was going. In the case of Creedence, they signed without having their contract approved by an attorney. It's amazing that so many rich songs (three classic albums in 1969 alone) were created under such barbarous conditions.

That crippling record deal resulted in a gaggle of vindictive lawsuits, depression and many years of artistic withdrawal. At one point, Fogerty was actually sued by his former label for sounding too much likeJohn Fogerty!

After a precedent-setting two-week trial that saw Fogerty bring his guitar to the courtroom to illustrate the differences between (the new at the time) 'The Old Man Down The Road' and CCR's 'Run Through The Jungle,' the jury deliberated only briefly before declaring Fogerty victorious. Other suits dragged on, but Fogerty found his creative 'on switch' that had been shut off for far too long.

In a 2004 surprise twist that even Fogerty couldn't have predicted, fences were (partially) mended when Fantasy Records, Creedence's old label, was sold to Concord Music Group. Concord restored Fogerty's royalties that he had given up in the '70s to escape his Fantasy contract, but the company retains actual ownership of the songs.

When Fogerty's wife Julie suggested the concept for his latest album 'Wrote a Song for Everyone' (Vanguard Records), Fogerty was excited by the idea. He made a list of possible names and songs and started making calls. The record sees Fogerty joyously collaborating on new versions of his classic songs with an appropriately wide mix of rock and country artists.

Foo Fighters tag-team with Fogerty on 'Fortunate Son,' while Bob Seger joins him on 'Who'll Stop the Rain.' Kid Rock appears on 'Born on the Bayou,' Keith Urban on 'Almost Saturday Night,' My Morning Jacket on 'Long as I Can See the Light,' Alan Jackson on 'Have You Ever See the Rain,' and the Zac Brown Band joins in on 'Bad Moon Rising.' On 'Lodi,' Fogerty is joined by his sons, Shane and Tyler.

Don't expect cameo duets on Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Center, but do anticipate a jubilant John Fogerty happy again to be back on stage playing songs so important to his audience. Recent set lists reveal that he likes mixing things up from show to show during the two-hour (plus) concert.

The show will feature a high-energy mix of classic Creedence Clearwater Revival tracks as well as songs from solo albums 'Centerfield,' 'Blue Moon Swamp' and 'Revival.' Fogerty might also play a track from his 1973 solo 'one man band' album, 'The Blue Ridge Rangers.'

If you have a ticket to the John Fogerty concert, you are entitled to free admission to the Bangor State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 2 and to a special free pre-concert 'Party with Paul' on the front lawn of the Cross Insurance Center starting at 5:30 p.m.

Big 104 FM's Mike Dow (full disclosure that's me!) and Deb Neuman will be set up near the Paul Bunyan statue, broadcasting live and cranking up John Fogerty songs. There will be games and giveaways, and food and beverages will be available for sale. The pre-Fogerty Party with Paul begins at 5:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show is set to start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for John Fogerty (Saturday, Aug. 2) are available at the Cross Insurance Center box office,www.TicketMaster.comand by calling 1-800-745-3000.

'The Big Morning Show with Mike Dow' can be heard on Big 104 FM The Biggest Hits of the '60s, '70s & '80s - airing on 104.7 (Bangor/Belfast), 104.3 (Augusta/Waterville) and 107.7 (Bar Harbor)

Last modified on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:08

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