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Loud and heavy with hits, John Fogerty delivered

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For nearly two hours on Saturday night, the audience at Bangor's Cross Insurance Center was captivated as John Fogerty and his band delivered a 22-song set heavy on the hits written during his days with Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Bayou sounds of croaking frogs and chirping crickets signaled Fogerty and his five fellow musicians to take the stage as a welcoming roar from the crowd was met with a thunderous opener in the form of 'Travelin' Band.'

After informing the audience that he wasn't much of a talker, Fogerty got down to business, performing time-honored favorites like 'Green River' and 'Who'll Stop The Rain' - written, he said, after returning home from playing the Woodstock festival with Creedence in August 1969.

Fogerty's voice has lost none of its power. Still sounding much like he did on his classic recordings, he stalked the stage like a man 30 years his junior. As a guitarist in 2014, he is superior to the one who wrote and recorded part of the soundtrack of a generation.

A note-perfect 'Born on the Bayou' was followed by 'Lookin' Out My Back Door' and the 'Cosmo's Factory' (1970) deep cut 'Ramble Tamble.'

'Down on the Corner' brought several dancing audience members to the floor, while the 1985 solo hit 'Centerfield' kept them there for the rest of the show.

Following that song, Fogerty confessed that he missed part of the lyric because he was laughing after being flashed by a woman in the front row.

During the concert, Fogerty gave well-deserved props to his band, including drummer Kenny Aronoff, whom he cited as 'the greatest in the world.'

Following an ecstatically received 'Midnight Special', as Aronoff tapped out the introduction to 'Gunslinger' (from 2007's 'Revival'), Fogerty had fun by tossing something to Aronoff, causing the drummer to stop, catch it, laugh and start the song again.

Fogerty traded guitar licks with his son Shane on an extended version of 'The Old Man Down the Road.' Unfortunately, it was during this song that distortion in the vocals and music, present at times throughout the evening, overpowered the mix.

A cover of 'New Orleans', the first hit by Gary U.S. Bonds, featured a fun 'call and response' section with the audience.

'Fortunate Son' closed out the main set before the band returned for a two song encore 'Bad Moon Rising' and Fogerty's signature song, 'Proud Mary.'

Audience member Pat Gaughan traveled to the show from Littleton, New Hampshire. 'Fogerty is rockin' and rollin',' Gaughan told me with a smile. 'I'm hoping he plays 'Sweet Hitchhiker.' He didn't, but I don't think Gaughan minded.

Josh Staples of Morrill was more than satisfied by the show. 'John Fogerty rocks like no other,' he said. 'I was waiting for 'Green River' and I got it.'

For Thom Osborne of Veazie, the song of the night was 'Born on the Bayou.' 'It's always been my favorite CCR song,' he said. 'I came to see him because he's a legend. Fogerty and the band are killing it out there. There is so much energy.'

'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)

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