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Updated August 22, 1998

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AUGUST

GIGANTIC RIVER RISING GATHERING
At the time of this writing - Aug. 22- at least five River Rising List members including List Manager Javier Diaz, from Santiago [Chile] are planning to attend the Creedence Clearwater Revisited gig in Lancaster, CA on the 29th. People interested in joining the party can send an email to ALEX or Michael RAZ Rescigno. You don't need to be registered at the List to join, but surely you'll want to register after this!

PREMONITION VIDEO
Release of PREMONITION VIDEO, the 1997-1998 John Fogerty live album, has been announced for August 11 on vidocassette, and August 18 for DVD. No laser disc announced.

JUNE

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED WEBSITE
CCRv rolled out its Website at www.creedence-revisited.com.   Band general information, members personal data, historical overview and, of course,  all the Tour Dates. A Link to our own  River Rising Web is provided, thanks, folk!

JOHN FOGERTY GUITAR WORLD INTERVIEW
Another controversial -at least to old CCR fans- John Fogerty interview in July's issue of Guitar World magazine. Exerts:

JF: "For years people have called many of my songs 'Creedence songs.' But I want to make it clear that it was my vision that made Creedence what it was. In 1968, you would've asked anyone else from the band if they'd ever heard of Hank Williams, Stephen Foster or any of these people, the answer would have been no."

GW: What was your role in Creedence and what did the other members contribute?
JF: "Now, I'm not going to slam the other guys -you know, to me it's just a matter of fact. The simple way to answer the question to you is, I always taught the band their parts. Many times -in fact, most of the time- they never heard the melodies until after the record came out."

GW: You recorded the vocals after they did their parts?
JF: "Yes. I showed the band how each part went -I showed them the music that fit the song I had written. And when I showed them the music, I did not sing the vocals to them. The did not have a clue how 'Proud Mary' went, and I'm going to go further with that and say that many times they didn't even know what the song was called until the recording was finished and mixed."

GW: Does that make them the equivalent of session musicians?
JF: "That is indeed their function. For example, on 'Down on the Corner,' I showed Stu how the bass riff went, and of course it was my job to double it. Then I showed Tom how to play the rhythm part, which was overdubbed later because Tom has a lot of trouble playing the part.
"Yes, it was John Fogerty showing each guy exactly how his part went. Long before anyone knew about Creedence, I had always shown the band members the arrangements."
"We didn't read music, of course, so I had to do it by example, I guess. This meant that somebody, one person, resolved all the musical problems. All the thinking, all the work was done beforehand. The bass part for 'Green River,' for example, went together with the drum beat and the rhythm guitar part because someone had worked it out. It wasn't the result of endless jamming, if you know what I'm saying."

JF: "For example, I can remember the song 'Born to Move', there was a little point between where my vocals stopped and the solo instrumental part, and I told Stu, 'All right, here's four bars here, between here and here, come up with something.' Some sort of transition. And, you know, we sat there for like two and a half hours waiting for him to come up with that little bridge."

NEW ALBUMS RELEASED
Premonition by John Fogerty and Recollection, by Creedence Clearwater Revisited, are currently on sale in the United States. Premonition is distributed worldwide by Reprise Records, a WB subsidiary.Distribution deals are in the making for Recollection.

RECOLLECTION TO BE RELEASED JUNE 9
Creedence Clearwater Revisited's live double CD "RECOLLECTION" release date is June 9, on Fuel 200/MCA Records. The label for Europe is 'SPV' records from Germany. Buy on-line at the River Rising CDNOW on-line store, or from Blue Meannie Records, CA.

FOGERTY, CHICAGO, JUNE 12 POSTPONED [4]
John Fogerty's summer- long ``Premonition'' Tour was to have kicked off next Friday, June 12 at Chicago's New World Music Theater in Tinley Park, Ill.

The date was booked several months ago, and tickets had been on sale for some time when it became apparent that the performance date was in direct conflict with the fifth game of the NBA playoffs.  As every Chicagoan  is now aware, the game is, potentially, the last Bulls home game in Michael Jordan's career.

Out of respect to the team, the fans, the employees of the World Theater and Michael Jordan, the show has been postponed to Sunday, July 26. Tickets purchased for the June 12 show will be honored at the July 26 performance, and the ``Premonition'' Tour will kick off in Indianapolis at Deer Creek Music Center on Saturday, June 13.

Fogerty commented: ``When we realized just what this day might mean to the folks in Chicago, it only made sense to postpone the show. Besides, it gives the band and me a chance to catch the game, too'' (From Entertainment Wire.)

VH-1 Saturday June 6, 8pm - "LEGENDS - JOHN FOGERTY"
VH1 is promoting its June 6, 8 PM "LEGENDS - JOHN FOGERTY" show as an "In-depth profile of John Fogerty features previously unseen home movies, stills, backstage footage and interviews with his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates Doug Clifford and Stu Cook."

JOHN FOGERTY TO SWITCH DRUMMERS AGAIN
Steve Ferrone will not be joining John for his upcoming tour. He was just the drummer for New Orleans. John's new drummer is Michael Cartilone, from Damn Yankees.

CCRv DEBUTS EUROPEAN TOUR
Creedence Clearwater Revisited -Stu Cook and Doug Clifford's band- began its RECOLLECTION European Tour 1998 with a concert at Sondenborg, Denmark. See the On Tour 98! Section for complete European listings.

JOHN FOGERTY PREMONITION VIDEO ON-LINE
Jam TV has the Premonition video on-line in Real Video. Real Media player required. The video is posted for a limited time.

MAY

CCRv DEPARTS FOR EUROPE [26]
Creedence Clearwater Revisited departs for its RECOLLECTION Tour, Europe, on Wednesday 27 from Newark, NJ, to arrive in Copenhagen on Thursday 28 in the afternoon. Look for all the concert dates at the On Tour 98! Section of The River Rising Web.

CDNOW TAKING ORDERS FOR JF AND CCRv [16]
The on-line record store CDNOW is taking advance order for John Fogerty's PREMONITION and CCRv's RECOLLECTION. Look for the Advance Releases at the River Rising record store at CDNOW.

PREMONITION AUDIO SAMPLES [16]
Audio samples of PREMONITION, John Fogerty's live CD, can be heard at a homepage with the Reprise Records Web [page will open in a new window.]

RIVER RISING IN SPANISH [16]
The River Rising Web debuts today its spanish version. The spanish site, which will mirror all of the original english version, started with Headlines!, AllTour 98 and the Recollection Audio Samples sections.

PREMONITION ON RADIO [15]
Premonition, the new John Fogerty song featured in his incoming "PREMONITION" Live CD, is getting airplay in the USA starting this week.

RECOLLECTION SPECIAL OFFER [15]
Blue Meannie Records, from California, is selling a special-products release of Creedence Clearwater Revisited's RECOLLECTION live Double CD. Email Alex for orders.

JF TICKETS ON SALE ON-LINE[15]
Ticket master is selling tix for John Fogerty incoming USA Tour on-line. See the Ticketmaster Website.Info by Brent Harmon

JOHN FOGERTY SWEDISH DATES GIVEN
Sweden newspaper 'Expressen' of May 13 gave three dates for John Fogerty in September 1998. See the On Tour 98! section of this Website. Info by Robert Aerts, Belgium

SWEET HITCH-HIKER VIDEO ON EUROPEAN CABLE
'ARTE' TV, a cultural European Cable TV station ,will show the Creedence Clearwater Revival videoclip from "Sweet Hitch-Hicker" Friday May 15 between 19.00h and 19.30h. (CET) (Most likely it will be at 19.25h). By Robert Aerts, Belgium.

PREMONITION ADVANCE CD
Premonition - John Fogerty's live album - has a blue and white shot of JF holding his Gibson with one hand in the air. It's on reprise 2-46908-AB Promo only. The commercial album is due in stores on June 9th. Promo ship dates Album Advance 4/21, Promo to Stores 5/5 and to radio 5/12.
Commercial dates CD/Cass 6/9,VHS Video 6/9,DVD & Laser 6/23.
VH1 will air Premonition 90 min. concert film on June 6 at 9pm.
At 8 to 9 a new VH1 "Legends" program focusing on Fogerty and his life in music. A 60 min. version of Premonition will air on VH1 for several months.

Premonition and a CCR song will be used as Videos for 2 weeks before the Concert Video airs.
PBS will air the show in August. The Video will include 4 songs NOT on the CD.This is all info in the Cover of the CD. Information by Alex, Blue Meannie Records.

RIVER RISING MEMBERS GATHERINGS-IN-PROGRESS
Creedence fans are organizing to attend the CCRv gigs at the incoming Europe 1998 Tour. Check the dates at the All Tour 98 section of this Website.

CENSORSHIP CALLED UPON BY PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS
Some fans involved in the management of Swamp List - a mail list attributed to John Fogerty but which is in fact a fully-independent operation - have called for a public campaing against Hank Bordowitz's upcoming book on Creedence. Even though the book will be published only in October and that those persons have had no prior access to it, they   started the post spam campaing which follows:

"Amazon.com is taking advanced orders for the book and it has a place where you can write commentary about the book. We're asking fellow John Fogerty fans to join us in getting the word out that this book does not tell the complete story and that people need to be wary about it. If you'd like to add your comments then please go to the following address:  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/Author=Bordowitz
%2C%20Hank/002-3820525-4854811
"

"Your support is appreciated. You may not have read the book, but you can say that it is a one-sided story and everyone needs to approach it with that in mind. Let everyone know that the "Unauthorized" part of the title needs to serve as a warning light."

The Book's author reply:

"How DARE you pass judgement on something you haven't even read? How do you know that the book is biased? Are you telepaths? Have you been reading my hard disk? People who have read it have found the book remarkably objective, despite John's refusal to talk.

"I did talk to dozens of peopel who were there, including Jake Rohrer, who was friendly with the band from Portola Jr. High onward, and worked with the band from 1969 on, and later worked FOR JOHN, until 1977.

"Bob Fogerty, who corrected some of my early assumptions.
Gail Fogerty, Tom's wife.
I interviewed Tom in 1981.
Lisa Taylor, John's sister-in-law, contributed some helpful information.
Russ Gary, who was in the studio for most of their recordings.
John [Fogerty] had more than ample opportunity to talk to me and refused. However, the book is not biased.

"I am a critic, but I'm mostly a JOURNALIST. An ethical journalist. This book is not a slam. It is carefully researched with over 500 sources.

"It is a balanced attempt to make sense out of a complicated and tragic piece of rock history, and I'm hurt that you would attack it without any knowledge of what's in it. If, after you read the book, you want to start a letter writing campaign, or a mass book burning, that's your perogative. Until then, attempt to keep an open mind.

Hank Bordowitz
Author -- Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

By the way, the unauthorized part of the title was suggested by Bob Fogerty, as when the project started there were still many questions about the legal use of Creedence Clearwater Revival. HB"

NEW! Reader's Forum:

Our reader's opinions on the Censorship Campaing are welcome at the River Rising Visitor's Log.

 

JOHN FOGERTY AT RADIO CITY MH
Radio City Productions today announced John Fogerty will appear at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, July 2 at 8:00 pm, as part of the Mercedes-Benz Tri-State Dealer Concert Series. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 4 at 10:00 am at the Radio City Box Office and Ticketmaster. Tickets for Fogerty's concert at Radio City are priced at $42, $52 & $62. [Forwarded by Hank Bordowitz]

APRIL

RECOLLECTION TO BE RELEASED JUNE 2
"RECOLLECTION", Creedence Clearwater Revisited's live double CD shall be released on June 2 on FUEL2000/MCA Records in the U.S.A. and Canada. European release date and distribution are yet to be announced. Sound files, incluing Real Audio, can be downloaded currently  from the River Rising Web.

PREMONITION UPDATED: ALBUM RELEASE, TV SPECIAL, VIDEO DISK
ENTERTAINMENT WIRE of April 24 carries a full update on PREMONITION, John Fogerty's live CD. The new album  is set for release on Reprise Records June 9. Premonition comprises 18 songs, including 16 Fogerty originals and signature renditions of "Susie Q" and "I Put a Spell on You," all recorded live on a soundstage the the Warner Bros. Studio lot last Dec. 13 and 14  last year. Included are such Fogerty perennials as "Born On The Bayou," "Green River," "Who'll Stop The Rain," "Down On The Corner," "Bad Moon Rising," "Fortunate Son," "Proud Mary," "Travelin' Band," "Centerfield" and "Old Man Down The Road" as well as Blue Moon Swamp selections "Joy Of My Life," "Swamp River Days" and "Hot Rod Heart." Also included is a new Fogerty original, "Premonition," written especially for this set.  Premonition also highlights "Almost Saturday Night" and "Rockin' All Over The World," here given fresh and innovative treatments.

With the June 6 release of Premonition, VH1 will air a special edition of its Legends series,
dedicated to the life and music of Fogerty. The hour-long tribute will be followed by an extended 90-minute version of the Premonition concert. June will also see the release on Warner Reprise Video of the Premonition concert, with material not included on the audio version, in VHS and DVD configurations. Additionally, an extensive slate of new North American tour dates has been announced. Full report at Infoseek News Channel

PREMONITION IN EUROPE
Warner Brothers Belgium has 'Premonition' - JF live album - listed for release on MAY 5th, 1998 [by Robert Aerts]

JOHN FOGERTY WEBCLIP
ABC TV Website features a video clip of John Fogerty's performance at the Ford Theatre Presidential Gala. Requires Quick Time plug-in.


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