WARNER BROS. PRESS RELEASE
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE
|The release date for BLUE MOON SWAMP in the United States has
been confirmed for May 20th, 1997. Most Internet CD outlets carry the same announcement
although no Cat. No. has been made public. Warner Bros. Canada has said that they will
release the record the same day it's out in the U.S.A. (reported by Jack Bradley, Canada.)
Robert Aerts was told by Warner Bros. Germany that the release there was set for May 16, four days before the north american release. The reason for this might be the need to avoid that European dealers order it in the US. CD's are a lot cheaper in the US than in Europe where a CD cost at least $20 to $25.
Johan Bjernick, from Sweden, says that a southern Swedish evening paper carried a full story on Blue Moon Swamp on Saturday, April 12, with the information of the announced release of the album there on May 16 too. The newspaper also featured an interview with John Fogerty.
A little earlier, Philip Brady, from Ireland, reported that, according to the Irish Warner Bros. subsidiary, the album would be released on June 2nd.
Same thing in Britain. Gary Jackson reports that Warners UK says the release date for the UK is set for June 2nd. "This is subject to change.There are no plans for a single here, so if there are non-album B sides, us Brits might be reliant on our overseas friends for these. Release dates are not the same throughout Europe. The girl I spoke to confirmed that the UK and Spanish pressing plants are not working towards the same date on this one, although some releases are co-ordinated Europe-wide, BMS isn't one of them."
No release date for South America has been signaled to us but most probably what will sell there is the american import as soon as the local Warner offices can get it into those countries. This market is substantially geared towards Latin music and anglo-american pop. The Rock and R&B, not to mention Country music markets are secondary.
"Walkin' in a Hurricane" reported by Dana Doak. Also,he told us no video is planned but Fogerty may participate in an upcoming VH-1 special on JCF/CCR.
JOHN FOGERTY 1997 WORLD TOUR
The release of BLUE MOON SWAMP will be followed by a world tour. Before that tour, however, John Fogerty will be doing a "Promo Tour" to introduce the album, playing small venues in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. He wil then do a similar promo tour in Europe for about 12 days, although no countries nor cities were specified. After that is finished, Fogerty will then start the full-blown world tour which, of course, will be "all over" and in larger venues. His wife Julie and the children will be travelling with him throughout the tour. Neither of them has been away from their children for more than a few days at a time, and neither want to change that. Reported by Gary Jakson, the UK.
The Promo Tour seems to take of in May. John Fogerty will be playing at the Fillmore in San Francisco the 18 and 19, and then at the L.A. House of Blues on May 21, 23 and 24 (no 22nd). Tickets go on sale Sunday, April 20 at 11:00 AM at $35 each. Fillmore dates by Joe Hannigan and Bob Langlie, House of Blues dates by Nancy Wasovitz, Inigo Figuracion, Michael Rescigno and Jeff Hickman.
According to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (The Daily News), John Fogerty will come to Sweeden in early June and play a (promotional) show at "Circus" which is a very nice 1.700 seat place in Stockholm. This will be the first show John Fogerty plays there since the last CCR show in the early 70´s. Reported by Lars Petersson. And it is confirmed: on April 23 it was announced that John Fogerty will headline this years "Lollipop festival" and play here in Stockholm, Sweden on July 25. Other performers at the festival are David Bowie, The Chemical Brothers and De La Soul. Lars Petersson says "This will be John´s first appereance in Stockholm since the early 70´s when he was over here with CCR. I´m not sure if they played here in 1972 but they played here in 1970 at "Kungliga Tennishallen" (my cousin saw them at the time)." So, the information that was reported a while ago that he would play "Circus" in early June seems to have changed from a small "promo / warmup" gig to a huge outdoor show playing in front of 30.000+ people.
The touring band will include:
FOGERTY FINDS HIS MUSICAL ROOTS IN
"BLUE MOON SWAMP"
Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman wrote that John Fogerty's new CD "Blue Moon Swamp" features John Mellencamp's drummer, Kenny Aronoff (on most of the tracks), Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T. and the MG's fame on bass (for one track), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Howie Epstein on bass, as well as a trio of vocal groups. He adds that Fogerty has hooked up with the oldest-running gospel group in the world, the Fairfield Four for one track ("One Hundred And Ten In The Shade"), the bluegrass harmony group the Lonesome River Band for another and the sibling trio the Waters on a third. The album was produced by Fogerty himself, recorded at the Lighthouse in Los Angeles and mixed by veteran boardman Bob Clearmountain. Full Story (forwarded by Graham Niven)
It was announced on February 4th, 1997 that John Fogerty had delivered the master tapes for a so far untitled solo album to Warner Bros. Records. The production, according to Billboard Bulletin, had twelve songs. Some of the titles mentioned were "Rambunctious Boy," "Southern Streamline" and "110 In The Shade," the latter of which features veteran gospel group the Fairfield Four. No commercial release had yet been announced, but it wass expected no late than April. Forwarded by Adam Bryant.
The announcement was taken to mean that the tapes had being submited by Fogerty within the previous two months and that now they have been approved by Warner Bros. By Hank Bordowitz.
JOHN FOGERTY SWEDISH INTERVIEW
Published on a southern Sweden evening newspaper on April 12, 1997. Translated by Johan Bjernick.(Quotes from John Fogerty translated from English to Swedish and then by Johan back to English again so they're not word for word):
"When I visited Mississippi it was also the start of my own awakening. A process which had then followed the recordings of this album. Suddenly I had found the place where I should be."
"My heroes when I was young were James Burton and Don Rich from Buck Owens band. Spectacular and tasteful at once."
"Centerfield took a long time since I did everything myself. I even learned to play the instruments I hadn't played before. This time I wanted to do it the opposite way. I put together a four piece band, but after playing together a couple of weeks I relized that this format also had it's limitations. so I started to look again and picked musicians that fits each particular song."
"After the Eye of The Zombie album I did a tour but after that I retired. It was during this period that I met my wife, had a couple of kids and I stayed in contact with the musicbusiness by producing Blue Tomato, a roadhouse band from the mid-west. But a lot of the time I had a feeling I hadn't come far enough as a musician. so I packed my bags and traveled down to Mississippi, wrote down my impressions, read alot and listened to the local music. I went back there 5-6 times."
"It's fantastic when you think about it how many great musicians that come from such a small part of this country."
Some of the journalist comments on the album:
"An album that makes us forget about Eye of The Zombie and which shows us a more mature side of Fogerty. But there's also hints of Creedence, Blue Ridge Rangers and his first solo album from 1975"
"This time he's taken us on a journey to both Louisiana swamps, the sun-epoch in Memphis, 60's r&b in Alabama and early country. An album that will stand as a model for the late 90's No Depression bands."
"Already in the intro to Southern Streamline he's hooking his old fans as well as taking a new generation in his grip. It's classic Fogerty but this time the rythm-section is tighter at the same time as John is showing of his brilliance as one of James Burtons most talented disciples as well as playing the dobro and pedal steel"
"But there are also songs that are more like classic Creedence. Rambunctious Boy was meant as a classic country song but Fogerty thought it was too much country so he started over again. The result is the type of country rock that Creeedence were the masters of."
"But already in the next track, Joy of My Life, his first real lovesong, in this case dedicated to his wife Julie, he does antic style hillbilly country with dobro and acoustic guitar"