Creedence Clearwater Revisited

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Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Creedence Clearwater Revisited in 2016
Background information
Origin United States
Years active 1995 (1995)–present
Labels Fuel 2000
Associated acts Creedence Clearwater Revival
Past members

Creedence Clearwater Revisited is an American rock band formed in 1995 by bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, to play live versions of that band's music.[1] Much of Creedence Clearwater Revival's music had been written and arranged by John Fogerty, who has not participated in Creedence Clearwater Revisited.[2] Fogerty had exercised artistic control over the earlier band,[2] and he sued to try to stop the newer "Revisited" band from using its similar name – saying the name would confuse the public into thinking it was a continuation of the earlier "Revival" band. However, his lawsuit was ultimately unsuccessful.[1] (The fourth member of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Fogerty, had died in 1990 before the new band was formed.)[2]


The band was formed in 1995. Stu Cook bought a house in Lake Tahoe near Doug Clifford's home and the two began regularly jamming and decided to form a band, despite Clifford considering himself retired at the time.[3] Cook said "We never really had any intention of playing for the public, but a friend wanted to promote a couple of concerts. We got talked into it, but didn't know how it would go over."[4] The duo contacted John Fogerty "out of courtesy" to invite him to reunite with them but Fogerty, who at the time was refusing to play Creedence music, declined the offer.[3]

In 1996, the group increased the scope of their reunion, playing 190 shows over the course of the year before slowing to 100[5] and settling on 75 annual performances for around 15 years[5] at the behest of Clifford.[3] As the group passed their 20th anniversary, their annual touring dates have been reduced to around 50.[5] The band has toured North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia.[4]

A 1997 legal injunction by John Fogerty forced the group to change its name to "Cosmo's Factory", a name it had earlier considered (which had been the name of a 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival album), but the courts later ruled in Cook's and Clifford's favor. In 1998, the band released Recollection, an album composed of live versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.

In September 2017 Clifford ruled out any chance of Cook and himself reuniting with Fogerty, stating "It would have been great 20, 25 years ago. It’s way too late now."[6]


Current members[5]
  • Doug Clifford – drums
  • Stu Cook – bass
  • Kurt Griffey – lead guitar
  • Steve "The Captain" Gunner – rhythm guitar, harmonica, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Dan McGuinness – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Former members
Creedence Clearwater Revisited in concert on May 29, 2011
  • John Tristao – lead vocals, rhythm guitar


  • Recollection (1998) – A two-disc live album
  • The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revisited (20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection) (2006) – Live Album
  • JDRF Hope for the Holidays (2009) – Run, Rudolph, Run
  • Extended Versions (2010) – Live album
  • JDRF More Hope for the Holidays (2010) – Run, Rudolph, Run
  • Playlist: The Very Best of Creedence Clearwater Revisited (2016) – Live album


  1. ^ a b Whitaker, Sterling (26 May 2013). "John Fogerty clarifies his views on Creedence Clearwater Revival reunion". Ultimate Classic Rock. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Whitaker, Sterling (16 October 2015). "45 years ago: Creedence Clearwater Revival break up". Ultimate Classic Rock. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Masley, Ed (7 July 2015). "Interview: Doug Clifford on CCR and John Fogerty". AZCentral. The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Official website
  5. ^ a b c d Mims, Taylor (6 March 2017). "Creedence Clearwater Revisited Are Bringing Back the Classics". Amplify. Amplify Media. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  6. ^ Varias, Chris (19 September 2017). "Creedence Clearwater drummer: Woodstock 'was a nightmare'". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. Retrieved 7 November 2017.