CCR to play at Wind Creek

Published 12:21 pm Monday, October 3, 2011

Creedence Clearwater Revisited will play at Wind Creek Oct. 15

Wind Creek Casino and Hotel will soon play host to a newer spin on one of rock and roll’s most classic bands, as they welcome Creedence Clearwater Revisited Saturday, Oct. 15.

‘Revisited,’ the latest version of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival, is not exactly a recent development. Formed in 1995 by original CCR members, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stars, Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, ‘Revisited’ was never meant to be a professional undertaking but seemed to form a life of its own, Cook said.

“We never really had any intention of playing for the public,” Cook said. “But a friend wanted to promote a couple of concerts. We got talked into it, but didn’t know how it would go over.”

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It went over with a bang and Cook and Clifford, who play bass and drums respectively, have been playing CCR classics as ‘Revisited’ since.

“This is our seventeenth year of performing with this project all over the world,” Cook said. “We play a wide variety of venues, from casinos to fairs to arenas to civic events.”

Although the new CCR primarily plays from the original lineup’s catalogue, ‘Revisited’ also performs music from their lone album “Recollection,” which was certified Platinum in 2008.

In addition to Cook and Clifford, ‘Revisited’ boasts several impressive musicians on board to replace original members, and brothers, John and Tom Fogerty. John, CCR’s original lead singer, departed the band for a solo career in 1985, while Tom, the original lead guitarist, passed away in 1990.

Replacing the brothers are John Tristao on lead vocals, multi-instrumentalist Steve Gunner and lead guitarist Kurt Griffey, who has recorded and toured with such artists as members of the Eagles, Journey, Santana and Lynyrd Skynryd.

Cook said the band is currently on the tail end of their 2011 tour but is looking forward to their first visit to Wind Creek.

“It’s great,” Cook said. “We’re just sort of wrapping up the summer tour of 2011. We started back in January playing occasional dates. We’ve probably played somewhere in upwards of 70 concerts this year and I think we’ve got about 10 left.”

Cook added, while some venues are typically more focused on adults, ‘Revisited’ has proven to appeal to fans of all ages.

“Casinos generally restrict the age of people that can attend,” he said. “But when we’re playing more public events we draw crowds from eight-years-old to 80-years-old.”

‘Revisited’ will hit the stage in Wind Creek’s amphitheater Oct. 15 at     8 p.m.

Lynn Woodcock, public relations spokesperson for Wind Creek, said hosting a band the caliber of CCR is big for the casino and the community.

“We are very excited to have a band that has been so integral to the growth and progression of music in America performing in our casino,” Woodcock said. “Creedence Clearwater Revisited has a great catalogue of classic songs many people grew up listening to.”

Cook said ‘Revisited’ is anxious to perform for a new fan base as they make their first trip to Atmore and added the band plans to give traditional CCR fans plenty to cheer about.

“The idea was to just perform, celebrate and honor the repertoire of the original band,” Cook said. “That’s why people come to see us. They want to be at a concert that recreates those recordings.”
Cook said he hopes to impress CCR fans with the band’s live show and win some new fans in the process.

“If you like to have a good time and like to party come on down,” he said. “We play Creedence all night and we take no prisoners.”

Tickets for CCR’s Wind Creek debut are currently on sale through for $65.50 each.