A Differing Opinion of John Fogerty's Concert at AVA
I read your review of John Fogerty's concert in Tucson (Live, Oct. 25). I don't want to sound negative, but in the words of Joe Biden: "What a bunch of malarkey."
First off, you need to learn how to use your spell-checker. "Creedence" is spelled with two E's.
Secondly, I was in the crowd of "50-somethings" you mention, except I am 60. The last time I saw CCR live was in 1970, in the Seattle Coliseum at the age of 18. The crowd you speak of must have been closer to the age of watching Sesame Street back then. This was mostly a crowd north of 60 years old.
As far as the disappointment in the music piped in before and after the concert, well ... it was piped-in music. You were disappointed you didn't hear those two songs live. My disappointment is they didn't play more CCR greats such as "Midnight Special," "Susie Q" and "I Put a Spell on You." I went to hear the Creedence of the '60s, music of my generation.
And as far the sound, and Fogerty drowning out the rest of the band with his guitar: Back to malarkey. He is the reason for my being there, and he is why many people are willing to pay $100 to see him. I paid $5.50 in 1970, and back then, I was in the nosebleed section, not the front row.
I know that I am not alone when I say I went to this show to see a legend and to hear the greatness behind Creedence Clearwater Revival. He put on a great show and would have been just as good without his backup band. All I heard from others in the crowd after he left the stage was that he was awesome.
Today, he is one of the world's greatest guitarists at 67, and he still has the looks and the energy of a man half his age—not to mention his one-a-kind voice that sounds just as great today as it did 40 years ago.