May 13, 2008
Hey Glass Pack Fans! Mrs.Big Fella and I on a whim drove
up to Reno to The Nugget last Friday to catch one of my
favorite all-time singers, John Fogerty—he of CCR
fame, of course... At almost age 63, both his singing and
guitar-playing were absolutely incredible... And this is
from a critic who generally is pretty spare with praise
on such matters, and is not an inveterate concert attendee.
He sang every song (and the show was of course laden with
ALL hits) in the original keys, didn't cheat one note, and
was joined by a five-piece band who doubled on various instruments.
The ensemble consisted of John on lead guitar, bass, drums,
keyboard, and three (3) other guitarists who sometimes played
fiddle, and various other acoustic stringed instruments.
From the first swamp-infested notes of "Born on the
Bayou"--which kicked off the show-- to the last encore
tune "Fortunate Son," it was almost two hours
of wonder..."Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Who'll
Stop The Rain," "Green River," "Up Around
The Bend," (the entire set list is at www.johnfogerty.com
) ...It was a great incentive to get ready for Butch
Whacks Season. I heard John runs six miles a day and it
shows... He looks great, plays better guitar than I recall
and sounds just like what he is: the premier voice of the
rock 'n roll era...
As a pipe dream, he'd be the ideal dance set guest for a
BWGP show, wouldn't he? Although I think he'll be in London
and then Canada for the "Butch" shows!
See Ya---YOUR BIG FELLA