Creedence Clearwater REVISITED is a quasi Creedence Clearwater REVIVAL tribute band. Unlike other tribute bands, Revisited actually has members from the band they’re honoring. The rhythm section of Creedence Clearwater Revival—bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford—are the driving force behind the band. They are joined by John Tristao, Kurt Griffey, and Steve Gunner.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays all of Revival’s greatest hits including “Born on the Bayou,” “Down on the Corner,” “Lookin’ Out My Backdoor,” and “Proud Mary.”
Cook and Clifford met John Fogerty in junior high school in El Cerrito, California. They were later joined by John’s brother Tom (who passed away in 1990). The foursome released their first album in 1968. In 1969, they released three albums. All three peaked at seven or better on the Billboard 200 and all three were certified doubled Platinum or better. Also in 1969, CCR played Woodstock.
Creedence Clearwater Revival broke up in 1972 (Tom Fogerty left in 1971). They did so due to tensions between John Fogerty and the rest of the band. For most of their career, Revival was dominated by John who insisted he run the group like a dictator. John Fogerty is known as a perfectionist and someone that’s very difficult to work with.
Towards the end of their run, John Fogerty changed his mind and decided the band should be a democracy. By then it was too late. They officially split in October of 1972. They only reunited once, in 1980, to perform at Tom Fogerty’s wedding. In 1983, John Fogerty, Clifford, and Cook played together at their 20th high school reunion but not as Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited formed in 1995, not long after the Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Clifford and Cook first formed Revisited to help a friend promote some concerts, but they found musicians capable of recreating the magic of Revival. They soon realized they were on to something good.
Since 1995, Creedence Clearwater Revisited tickets have been printed and punched in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. John Fogerty took legal action to stop the band from touring under the moniker “Creedence Clearwater Revisited.” For a while Clifford and Cook used “Cosmo’s Factory” on the marquee. The courts eventually ruled in favor of the old rhythm section.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited is mainly a live act. They’ve released a double live album in 1998 called Recollection and another in 2010 named Extended Versions. The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revisited (20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection) dropped in 2006.