If you close your eyes at a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert, you may for a moment, believe that you entered a time machine, and magically transported yourself to Woodstock.
The unmistakable sound of the beginning of songs likes “Fortunate Son,” and “Down on the Corner,” still invoke complete listening pleasure and a unique sense of nostalgia.
John Fogerty left Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1971, and his brother Tom died in 1990, bringing an end of CCR. At CCR’s induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, John Fogerty refused to perform with Cook and Clifford. The pair were banned from the stage, while Fogerty played the show with Bruce Springsteen and Robbie Robertson.
Original band members Doug Clifford and Stu Cook, both at age 74, are as good as they have ever been. And new guitarist Kurt Griffey can play even the most difficult of the John Fogerty written solos.
Griffey’s talent is not surprising, as he has played with Toto, Steppenwolf, Foreigner, the Moody Blues, Lynyrd Skynryd, Santana, Journey, and Eddie Money, to name a few.
On lead vocals, Dan McGuinness has an uncanny resemblance to Fogerty, and he can undoubtedly sing like him. His rendition of “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” had the crowd of 600 plus on their feet dancing.
He is also a great guy and a baseball fan, according to Richard Zaldivar and Joselito Laudencia, who came out from Los Angeles for the show.
“We met Dan at a Dodger game in L.A,” said Laudencia. “He is a great guy.”
“He invited us out here,” said Zaldivar. “I grew up with Creedence, so we came to the show.” It’s our first time in Yucaipa, and everyone we have met is exceptionally kind.”
For J.R. Allgower of Yucaipa, who was attending the show with his wife, Nita Allgower said, “it was our first time at the venue. “We love the venue, but we wish they would have pre-thought the fence a bit more,” said Allgower.
“I loved the show,” said Brian White of Highland. Creedence is the tightest band alive.”
This is the end of an era for the band, as they will stop touring after 25 years as Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Yucaipa was a part of this last tour, and that makes having a performing arts center all the more special.
As Clifford and Cook ride off into the rock ‘n’ roll sunset, the audience at YPAC became a part of the bands rich history. Yucaipa was one of the stops on a bands journey that included 16 Billboard top 100 hits, playing at Woodstock, one of the greatest concerts of all time, and nomination into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.