By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – From “Fortunate Son” to “Proud Mary,” to “Who’ll Stop the Rain” to “Born on the Bayou,” fans will get a heavy dose of John Fogerty’s long list of hits at his upcoming performance in Tupelo.
The legendary singer-songwriter, who for years fronted Creedence Clearwater Revival, is performing in its entirety one of two Creedence albums, either “Bayou Country” or “Cosmo’s Factory,” at each of his live shows.
“I think it was an idea my wife had,” Fogerty said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal from his tour bus. “She just thought it would be a neat idea to create the atmosphere that a whole album creates.”
He’ll play a slew of hits in addition to those albums, too.
Fogerty said he loves playing live.
“I think it’s the ultimate part of making music. How you start when you’re young is, you’re probably just sitting in a room with a couple of friends playing guitar and singing songs you know from the radio. I remember sitting and playing ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ and thinking about Elvis Presley when I was very young,” he said.
“(Playing live) is a way of sharing. It’s a very social thing. You take the idea of making music with your friends, pretty soon that audience gets a little bigger and a little bigger. Hopefully, it’s still the same emotion, multiplied by 10 or 100 or 1,000.
“One thing I really love in concerts is looking out and seeing all those happy faces singing along. It’s such a cool thing to be a part of.”
Fans can take home that experience, too. Fogerty is offering downloads of all of his gigs on this tour. There’s a link on his website to all of the shows and their files.
“I played a concert with Widespread Panic and in doing that I learned that they make their shows available for downloading. Because of that genre (of music) I remembered way back when Grateful Dead not only allowed people to tape shows, they encouraged it. All those Deadhead people would be sharing their reel-to-reel tapes,” he said. “That just struck me, that’s exactly what we should be doing, so that’s the way it’s going to be from now on.”
Fogerty released his latest album, “Wrote a Song for Everyone,” this past spring. On it, he re-recorded his hits and fan favorites with artists such as Miranda Lambert and the Foo Fighters.
Fogerty is currently writing his memoirs.
“That’ll be interesting,” he said. “Hopefully, one of the things for me is I won’t have to keep telling this or that same story over and over. I can just hand them the book.”
And, as always, he’s working on new music.
“I love creating new songs and new music. When I have enough of something together I’ll release another record,” he said. “I love doing this. I was born to do this. As Tom Petty said, it’s the only thing I know how to do, so I’d better keep doing it.”