Western Leader : January 12th 2012
e-edition EXTRA Clifford says the key to success was simple. "Great songs," he says. "And I have to take my hat off to John Fogerty for that." He says the band members first started playing together when they were just 13 years of age. "We learned to play together as a unit and we worked hard to learn the music that inspired us." Clifford says the biggest influences on the band were country, soul and blues. Tom Fogerty died on September 6, 1990, of AIDS after contracting HIV from a blood transfusion. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later. "The term "roots rock" had not yet been invented when Creedence came along," the hall's website says. " But in a real way they defined it, drawing inspiration from the likes of Little Richard, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and the artisans of soul at Motown and Stax. In so doing, Creedence Clearwater Revival became the standard bearers and foremost celebrants of homegrown American music." Clifford and Cook decided to form Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 1995 after being asked to play a couple of one off shows. He remains surprised by its success. "It's been a real fan driven project from the get go. It's been great. "Next year will be our 18th year as Creedence Clearwater Revisited. "We were only Creedence Clearwater Revival for about four years." But it hasn't been all smooth sailing. John Fogerty slapped a legal injunction on the band in 1997 and Cook and Clifford agreed to change the name to Cosmo's Factory until a court ruling found in their favour. Clifford doesn't keep in contact with his former band mate. He heard Fogerty say in an interview earlier this year that he was interested in a reunion of Creedence Clearwater Revival. "But he didn't talk to us about it," he says. And he says he and Cook have their hands full as it is. "We're having fun with this project and I don't have any interest in going back." Creedence Clearwater Revisited played at Queenstown's Gibbston Valley Winery in March this year. Clifford is looking forward to returning to New Zealand. The group will play at the Auckland's Ellerslie Racecourse on January 30. Doug "Cosmo" Clifford Email your name, address and daytime telephone number to email@example.com and you'll go into the draw to win tickets to the January 30 concert. Remember to type "CCR Contest" into the subject line. Entries close at 5pm on January 16 and are not open to Suburban Newspapers employees or members of their immediate families.
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