The BLUE MOON SWAMP TOUR
TV SHOWS REVIEWS
by River Rising Members
- FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF FOGERTY AT "STORYTELLERS"
By Joe Hannigan: " Excellent showcase of
John. Random thoughts:
Very cool to see the Fairfield FOUR (all 5 of 'em) singing 110 in the Shade.(Now I have an
idea who's singing what part; esp that guy singing bass!)
"Joy Of My Life" seemed a tad too fast and that wonderful bounce seemed lost.Oh
well; it was still amazing to see JCF playing dobro so well. Looks like those hrs spent
learning the part paid off.
A minor quibble is the absence of the "Ballpark/Roller rink" organ in
"Centerfield." To me, that really helps make the song. I always enjoyed the
deliberate tie-in with the theme of the song and what one hears at a traditional ball
park. That, and some missing lead riffs left me wanting for more. (yeah, I'm keyboard
And, I noticed there was little to no bass guitar in most of the mix. It's in there
SOMEWHERE, but I had to really crank it on my mixer to hear it in the studio....
The only time it's noticeable is in "Bayou" but that's only cause the guitar and
bass are the ONLY things in the mix, other than JCF's voice....
Well, ya can't have EVERYTHING, I guess. A great show, all in all.
By ALEX: " The show started with Looking out my
back door. Just John on acoustic guitar. Then tells about writing the song for his 3 year
old son back in 1970. Then John tells about opening a letter from the government which was
his honorable discharge he did a couple of cartwheels and went in an wrote proud Mary.
Then Lodi and Bad Moon Risin' John jokes about people singin' it back to him as There's a
BATHROOM ON THE RIGHT. Then JCF talks about Nam and Not liking the goverment but still
lovin America so he wrote Who'll stop the rain? All the above songs was UNPLUGGED. And it
was all great.
John tells about playin at Avalon Ballroom as an opening act with only a 10 min. sound
check. JCF screwing around playing crazy Rock The sound guy or stage manager unplugged
John and told him "you'll never make it." John told him "give us a year
pal." The song John was screwing around with turn out to be Born on the Bayou witch
John Played joined by Bob on bass. Then JCF tells about going to the local Drug Store that
had a soda counter and one of the flavor was green river with a picture of the sun and a
river on the bottle. John said that would be a great name for a song. Then played it. Then
he tells us about one of the 3 best songs he ever wrote. 110 in the shade and talks about
the Fairfield 4 +1. Joy of my Life is next. Same story we already know except he tells us
about his step daughter. Then he ends with a story about Yankee Stadium and does
Centerfield. Over all very good except for some crapy editing.
- JOHN FOGERTY ON SAT 1
From Reinhold Schuttkowski,
Germany: Just got back from my TV where John performed on the
"Thomas-Gottschalk-Haus-Party" on private TV-station SAT 1. Before he appeared
there was a contest where you could win a French car by answering the question "Which
song was done by CCR, Lookin´out my Backdoor or Hotel California?" The car was won,
of course! Then they showed a piece of the "Lookin´out my backdoor"-video from
1970 (just some seconds) and then John and a band appeared (I wonder who the others were,
no clue about that, maybe Aronoff &Co. ?) and played WIAH. I was very surprised that
John was singing live and not playback as musicians usually do on TV-shows like that. But
on the other hand: with such a voice and talent you can show the others that there´s
absolutely no need for a playback. And they really rocked the house! The talkmaster
mentioned the Hamburg concert and told John that CCR had always been his favorite band
(believe it or not) and that he loved his new CD. Then John took his acoustic guitar and
did some encores: Bad moon rising and Proud Mary. The crowd cheered and everyone was
happy. John promised to come back (at least he nodded to Gottschalk´s question if he´d
come back when the autumn tour was rolling). Wish I´d been there- but there will be an
opportunity to see him live in autumn. That´s the most positive news for today for me!
From Philip Brady, Ireland: Just watched
the tape of Gottschalk Haus Party which is a copy of Noel Edmond's House Party which is
shown on the BBC.
The backing band consisted of Rhythm, Bass and Drums and sounded O.K. except that the boys
were very wooden and didn't seem to be that sure of themselves.
Animal Aronoff and Co. it certainly wasn't but it was a reasonable substitute, I wonder
exactly who was playing "live' because the song just faded out.
Now the bit when John played solo with an acoustic and responded with snatches of BMR and
PM I could take. What made me cringe was the sight of the show's host sort of prancing
around right next to John while he played, and the cut aways to several bikini clad
John should have done a Jimi Hendrix with the guitar on Mr Gottschalk's head.
From Rainer S. Mueller, Germany: First of all
it was good to see JC again after all these years. But the band certainly did not play
live. They used a playback for the band and John did live vocals and maybe live guitar
playing. Kenny Aronoff was not present. The guy who took the drum seat looked like he
could be Bob Fogerty. I have never seen him but there was a big similarity to John's
The acoustic versions of "Bad moon rising" and "Proud Mary" were only
the first verse and the chorus. If I am not mistaken John mixed up the words to "Bad
moon rising". I wonder how he felt when he did the segments from the old songs with
the TV show host dancing like a puppet on a string next to him and a bunch of children
doing some kind of German line dancing to the rhythm of the audience clapping along.
The TV show John was on is one of these shows you usually try to avoid when hopping
through channels but probably a lot of people watch it, so maybe it helps to increase
sales. But there are shows on German TV that would fit better to John's music (and which
are popular too), where they show more respect to artists and do not use them as some kind
of circus act.