CCR Rocks Salamanca

By ANNE HOLLIDAY
WESB/WBRR News Director


If you were wondering who stopped the rain Friday, the answer is CCR.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited lead singer John Tristao made a reference to the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Who'll Stop the Rain" during the band's performance Friday night as part of the Seneca Allegany Casino free outdoor concert series.

That wasn't the only classic the band played during the hour and a half long show. They rocked the crowd with "Suzie Q," and "Midnight Special," and also played "Lodi," "Down on the Corner" and "There's a Bathroom on the Right." What? You say it's "Bad Moon Rising?" Yeah. Right. Anyway, name a favorite CCR song and they probably played it.

From people in their 80s to babies in strollers, everyone seemed to enjoy the show on a night that turned out to be perfect – complete with a spectacular sunset -- for an outdoor concert.

Toddlers danced with their grandparents during "Bad Moon Rising" and several women showed their best moves during "Proud Mary."

Earlier on in the show original CCR member Stu Cook explained how he and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford (and John Fogerty) met in junior high and decided to start a band. They were 13 then – 50 years ago – which makes them 63. Hard to believe when watching them perform.

According the band's Web site, Cook and Clifford launched the Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995 to once again perform live Creedence Clearwater Revival hits - touchstones of a generation. Though the pair initially only planned to play private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited now performs up to 100 shows a year and has released the album "Recollection."

The release of a double-live CD on Universal's Hip-O Records label, which features passionate, authoritative versions of 22 classic hits - was the result of public demand. "It was generated by requests of the people who came to the shows," Stu acknowledges. "Over and over they would ask, "'do you guys have a CD?'" Creedence Clearwater Revisited's "Recollection" has proven so popular that it was certified as a gold record by the RIAA in 2002 and is well on its way towards platinum record status.

So, now you don't have to say you heard through the grapevine that the concert was awesome. You read it here first.

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