Sept. 05--Fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival have spent the last few years holding out hope that the band might someday return to the stage.
The group's frontman, John Fogerty, has hinted to media outlets while promoting various solo projects that he is open to a reunion with his old musical partners and childhood friends, drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook.
He told Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning" as recently as three months ago that, while he is not actively seeking it out, he wouldn't object to the idea.
It's positive news for baby boomers who grew up listening to songs such as "Fortunate Son," "Born on the Bayou" and "Bad Moon Rising."
The only people not buying the hype are Clifford and Cook.
"It is an old trick to capture headlines," Clifford said in an interview from the road in South Dakota. "He gets a lot of press out of it to plug his new albums. We know it is just a ploy. We are not interested."
In Taylor Swift terms, the band is never, ever, ever getting back together.
Clifford said he and Cook are perfectly happy playing the swamp rock hits of CCR as members of their own spinoff band, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, which stops through Casino del Sol's AVA next Thursday.
The duo started Revisited nearly two decades ago as a way to get the group's songs back into a live forum.
As founding members of the original Creedence, Clifford and Cook are intimately familiar with each and every track the group produced. They started playing with Fogerty and his older brother Tom Fogerty when they were still in junior high school in the San Francisco Bay Area.
"We had a pretty basic goal in those days," Clifford said. "We wanted to have our records played on the radio, plain and simple."
By the late 1960s, early Creedence songs, such as the cover of Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q" began picking up traction on local and national radio.
The band's self-titled debut came out on Fantasy Records in 1968.
Creedence churned out hits over the next five years before major rifts between John and the rest of its members resulted in a rocky breakup.
The bad blood continues , though Clifford and Cook have helped the music live on.
The original goal of Creedence Clearwater Revisited was to play primarily corporate and private engagements.
"We realized at the time that we needed a music project," Clifford said. "John wasn't playing the Creedence stuff. We thought it would be great to hear that music live again."
The initial shows went extremely well, so well that Creedence began increasing its number of public performances.
Today, Clifford said, around 90 percent of their shows are road gigs.
Thanks to the longevity of the band's music, and its songs making it into everything from commercials to major motion pictures, Creedence Clearwater Revisited still has a large and growing fanbase.
"We have more young fans than we do older fans," Clifford said. "For me, that is a great accomplishment. It is amazing to see them at our shows in droves, getting involved."
Clifford said besides the music, the group also sports a solid lineup. Lead singer John Tristao and guitarist Steve Gunner have been with the band since the beginning.
Lead guitarist Kurt Griffey, who has played with bands ranging from the Eagles to Wings to Journey, joined in 2011.
"He has a great command on stage and knows his job," Clifford said. "When he is off-stage, he doesn't act like a rock star. "
Clifford, who lives in Scottsdale during the winter, said Creedence Clearwater Revisited has a good thing going.
"We like the people we work with now," he said. "We get along. Why would we want to change that?"
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