Just 12 months after he released Blue Moon Swamp, ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty -- who had previously been out of commission for more than a decade -- will return in May with a new live disc that contains one previously unreleased track.
If you close your eyes, it's not too hard to picture Fogerty, a renowned perfectionist, sitting around a fire with his guitar as a notion washes over him: "Strike while the iron's hot."
"John has made the case that he's a better guitar player now than when he
made Blue Moon Swamp," said Bob Merlis, spokesman for Warner Bros. Records. "I'd make the case that he's a better singer, too. And -- of course this is subjective -- that he's playing with a better band than he's ever had."
Although Fogerty allowed 11 years to pass between the release of his last
two albums, the singer and guitarist is now scheduled to release his latest
disc before the summer. Although a track listing has not been finalized, Premonition will contain 14-16 live cuts, alongside the live take of the recently written title-track.
The live material was captured last Dec. 12 and 13 on the Warner Bros.
soundstage in California. Twenty-seven songs are under consideration for
the album, including "scores of Creedence songs," according to Merlis. Fogerty wrote all of Creedence's hits, with the exception of "Susie Q."
Joining Fogerty on the live cuts are drummer and John Mellencamp alum Kenny Aronoff, bass player Bob Glaub and guitarists Johnny Lee Schell and Mike Knipe, with the Waters and the Fairfield Four providing backup vocals.
Tracks that may make the final cut span every period of Fogerty's career,
including the Creedence classic "Bad Moon Rising"; "Old Man Down the Road"; the title cut from his 1985 comeback album, Centerfield; and
"Almost Saturday Night" and "Rockin' All Over the World" from his 1975
John Fogerty album, neither of which was played during Fogerty's
1997 world tour.
Although the outing for Blue Moon Swamp is now over, Fogerty will
pull out his guitar on Sunday to perform two songs for President and Mrs.
Clinton at the historic Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. The gala event
will feature numerous entertainers and is being taped for airing on ABC-TV
in March. -- Chris Nelson [Wed., Feb. 4, 1998, 4:30 p.m. PST]