1969. It has been over four decades since that moment in history. Still, with our memories washed by 40 years of time the milestones appear unmistakably before us. All at once, the nation stood tall, eyes skyward, as we sought to be part of Man’s grandest adventure; setting human feet upon the Moon. Those same feet danced across the trodden grass of a New York farm as the brightest voices in music played for the Woodstock crowds. Yet, even as we stood, our hearts sank as thousands of our young men died, fighting in a little-known strip of Asian jungle called Vietnam. Music legend and societal icon, John Fogerty, was there in 1969. Yet, he wasn’t just present, he permeated the age.
Fogerty’s music, his lyrics and his voice, through an amazing and never-duplicated release of three separate albums with Creedence Clearwater Revival (Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy and the Poor Boys) in that one year, gave the nation, even the world, an emotional and intellectual marker forever burned within our collective psyche. Now, in his 69th year, Fogerty is calling us back to 1969, to re-invigorate those ties that bind us, with his upcoming “1969” World Tour. The tour will kick off this November with Cross-Country Canadian performances beginning in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on November 7 before heading west to finish in Victoria, BC on November 29th. More dates and countries will be announced for 2015.
This tour celebrates the music and the events of 1969 as heard through the music of John Fogerty, writer and producer of those three classic albums. As part of CCR, Fogerty performed at Woodstock, they toured the nation and gave voice to millions of fans. Fogerty felt what was coming, he says, “I just took it all in, everyone knew we were at a pivotal moment, I took it all in and turned it into songs.” He had already established himself as a distinctive voice with the hit song “Suzie Q,” but like all artists, he feared the label; one-hit wonder. With more songs like “Proud Mary,” Creedence Clearwater Revival was the #1 band in rock ‘n roll. 1969 came to life through “Born on the Bayou,“ “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising,” an ode to the timing of man walking on the moon, and “Down on the Corner,”
In one of his most influential and controversial numbers, Fogerty made his personal declaration on the Vietnam War known through “Fortunate Son.” Harkening back to the spirit of the Irish Draft Riots of the Civil War, his lyrics shoved the unfair practices of the modern draft process into the nation’s focus. Ironically, Fogerty was drafted and is a proud Vietnam-era veteran of the Army Reserve, yet his heartfelt opinions on that conflict and its impact are not swayed.
John Fogerty is a true American original and one of rock ‘n roll’s all-time greatest artists. Even at 8-years old, in his hometown of El Cerrito, California, he had a name for his ‘band’ -- “Johnny Corvette and the Corvettes.” As leader of CCR, Fogerty forged a distinctive, groundbreaking sound all his own, equal parts blues, country, pop, rockabilly, R&B, swamp boogie, and Southern fried rock ‘n’ roll, all united by his uniquely evocative lyrical perspective. Later, Fogerty would prove to be an equally impressive solo artist. Among its many highlights are 1975’s John Fogerty – featuring the rollicking ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ – and 1985’s #1 phenomenon, Centerfield. With its trio of timeless hit singles, including “The Old Man Down The Road,” “Rock And Roll Girls,”’ and the irresistible title track, the multi-platinum collection marked Fogerty’s glorious return to the forefront of modern rock ‘n’ roll.
1997’s Blue Moon Swamp earned Fogerty further acclamation, as well as a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rock Album.’ Among his many other honors are induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the BMI Pop Music Awards’ prestigious ‘BMI Icon,’ and Performance Magazine’s ‘Theater Tour of the Year’ Award. In addition, Fogerty and Centerfield were honored during the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies – the first time the National Baseball Hall of Fame has immortalized a musician or song as part of the annual ceremonies.
In 2013, Fogerty released Wrote a Song for Everyone, a testament to the fact that the songs written by John Fogerty over the past forty-five years continue to speak in a powerful way to generations of music makers and music lovers. The album garnered rave critical reviews, including a coveted 5-star review in Rolling Stone.
The upcoming show will be centered around 1969, but also include his complete catalog of hits. Tickets are available now at johnfogerty.com and www.livenation.com. Complete tour listing below.
JOHN FOGERTY: “1969” TOUR DETAILS
November 7 - Mile One Stadium - St. John’s, NL
November 8 - Mile One Stadium - St. John’s, NL
November 10 - Halifax Metro Centre - Halifax, NS
November 12 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
November 13 - Casino Rama - Rama, ON
November 14 - GM Centre - Oshawa, ON
November 15 - Copps Coliseum - Hamilton, ON
November 17 - Sudbury Arena - Sudbury, ON
November 19 - MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB
November 20 - Mosaic Place - Moose Jaw, SK
November 21 - Credit Union Centre - Saskatoon, SK
November 23 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB
November 24 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
November 25 - EnCana Events Centre - Dawson Creek, BC
November 27 - South Okanagan Events Centre - Penticton, BC
November 28 - Abbotsford Centre - Abbotsford, BC
November 29 - Save On Foods Memorial Centre - Victoria, BC