It's true the most recent incarnation of Creedence Clearwater Revival - now known as CC Revisited - started off as a performing project.
"We had no intentions of making records when we regrouped," Stu Cook said during a phone call from his home in Nevada. "We just got back together to play the music we helped make famous."CCR - featuring original bassist Cook, original drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Steve Gunner and vocalist/guitarist John Tristao - will play The Canyons with the reformed Doobie Brothers on Tues-day, July 28. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Cook and Clifford were the other half of the original CCR, which featured guitarist Tom Fogerty and his singing/guitar-play-ing brother John.
But thanks to legal hassles and a bunch of personal feuds, CCR broke up. Tom Fogerty died in 1990 and John Fogerty refused to play with or speak to Cook and Clifford, even to the point where the younger Fogerty guffawed at playing with them during CCR's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
"We chewed on that for a while," Cook said. "Then Doug and I assessed our lives and decided to play music together again."
Easton, formerly of the '80s new-wave band the Cars, knew Cook and was asked to join.
Obviously, the vocalist for the new CCR needed to be able to carry the tunes much like Fogerty, but, said Cook, "Don't appear to be copying John."
Tristao sent a tape to Cook and Cook requested another. The next mailing to Tristao included an offer to join the band.