From the Bayou to the Bog

John Fogerty brings the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival, one of the most influential American rock bands of all time, to Newfoundland for a pair of sold-out shows at Mile One Centre in St. John’s.

Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty played to a packed Mile One Centre Friday evening in the first of two back-to-back shows. The 67-year-old rock legend is in St. John’s to kick off his 2012 “Wrote a Song for Everyone” Canadian tour, during which he will play the classic CCR albums Cosmo’s Factory and Bayou Country on alternate nights throughout the tour.

On Friday night, after a set by Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Fogerty and his band opened with Born on the Bayou and continued on through Bayou Country, wrapping the first set with Proud Mary before launching into a string of CCR hits interspersed with songs from Fogerty’s solo career.

The band offered up most of CCR’s staples, including Green River, Lookin’ Out My Backdoor, Midnight Special, Hey Tonight, Down on the Corner, Run Through The Jungle, Travelin’ Band, Long As I Can See the Light, I Heard it Through the Grapevine and Have You Ever Seen the Rain? They also played the Fogerty songs Blue Moon Nights, Gunslinger and, following a cover of Roy Orbison’s Oh, Pretty Woman, set closers Centerfield and The Old Man Down the Road. They returned moments later for three final numbers, the CCR classics Bad Moon Rising, Up Around the Bend and Fortunate Son.

On Saturday night Fogerty and his band will perform Cosmo’s Factory to a sold-out Mile One Centre crowd.

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