September 22, 1994 |
Organizers of the "Emergency Blues" benefit concert on Tuesday at the House of Blues had fun placing estimated values on some of the items at their silent auction. Hey, the money's for charity, so why not declare as "priceless" an autographed Mickey Mantle baseball cap or signed Ringo Starr drum skins? Even if we're just talking three- or four-figure bids here.
March 2, 1994 |
The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it potentially more costly to file a copyright infringement suit, ruling that losers can be forced to pay the legal fees of the winning side. The 9-0 decision came in an unusual case in which rock music legend John Fogerty was sued for allegedly copying his own earlier work after selling the rights to a record company.
February 7, 1993
After reading the article on the CCR imbroglio at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, I am thoroughly convinced that John Fogerty is a raging megalomaniac. What unmitigated gall this man has! How could he possibly live with himself after putting former bandmates Cook and Clifford through that ignominious experience in front of not only their fans, but their families? To deprive them of performing before their fans and peers, and then to treat them with such contempt for all the world to see, is to undermine the entire meaning of the spirit on which the Hall of Fame is founded: a celebration of music and appreciation of these musicians' accomplishments.
February 7, 1993 |
The Times recently published an article in which former members of Creedence criticized me for not performing with them at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies. The article also attributed several inaccurate statements to me and I would like to set the record straight. First of all, I never said to the guys, "I hate you." I felt it was enough to say, "We are not friends." This is why. In 1988, I was forced to endure a very costly and mean-spirited trial at which Fantasy Records contended that I had plagiarized myself.
January 31, 1993 |
Former Creedence Clearwater Revival members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford have formally complained to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for not being allowed on stage during the musical portion of its recent induction ceremony in Los Angeles. In separate letters to the organization's board of directors, Cook and Clifford branded as "hurtful" and "insulting" the decision to allow ex-band leader John Fogerty to do Creedence songs without them during the Jan. 12 affair at the Century Plaza Hotel.
January 12, 1993 |
John Fogerty interviews during the last two decades have been almost as scarce as John Fogerty albums, but the creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival agreed to talk about the band and rock music on the eve of CCR's induction in Los Angeles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
April 26, 1991 |
How many solo albums has John Fogerty, one of the most celebrated figures in rock history, had since Creedence Clearwater Revival called it quits in 1972? The most likely answer is two: "Centerfield," his great 1985 comeback, and "Eye of the Zombie," the less successful 1986 follow-up. But the correct answer is four.
June 3, 1989 |
Face it: The kind of bar-band blues-rock favored by Duke Tumatoe jelled ages ago. But instead of Tumatoe aspic, the sparse crowd at the Palomino on Thursday got a serving of rockin' gumbo. Which isn't to say that you'd ever mistake husky Duke for Husker Du, or his Power Trio band for the Power Station. Nothing heard on the Palomino stage hasn't been heard on countless other tavern stages for longer than the quarter of a century Tumatoe had been roaming the Midwest before John Fogerty "discovered" him last year and produced a Warner Bros.
May 31, 1989 |
Duke Tumatoe likes his job. For 14 years, the 42-year-old Indianan has earned a living playing blues-based rock in little clubs throughout the Heartland. Fans of Tumatoe's band, the Power Trio, insist that this brand of party music is in a class by itself. John Fogerty thought that too when he saw Tumatoe in a small club in the town of Mishawaka, Ind. So much so, in fact, that the former Creedence Clearwater Revivalist volunteered to produce an album for the band and got it signed to the label for which he works, Warner Bros.
April 23, 1989 |
OSMOND UPDATE: What's the most dramatic pop-music comeback of the '80s? Tina Turner? The Beach Boys? John Fogerty? Don't place your bets just yet. There's a late entry: Donny Osmond. His Capitol Records single "Soldier of Love" is No. 15 on the charts after just six weeks and the singer's first Top 20 hit since 1976 is considered a shoo-in to reach the Top 5. Other artists have come back after being cold for years, but what makes Osmond's success so surprising is that he's rebounded in the image-conscious record business despite his squeaky-clean persona.