John Fogerty Disses Former CCR Bandmates For "Dogging" His Career

Just because John Fogerty isn't currently suing his surviving former Creedence Clearwater Revival band mates Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, doesn't mean they're getting along.

Cook revealed in a recent interview that he and Clifford entered into a partnership with Fogerty in order to maintain and preserve their CCR legacy. But the former CCR bassist and drummer only communicate with Fogerty through their respective management.

Fogerty was not happy with the timing of Cook and Clifford's Creedence Clearewater Revisited retirement announcement coming just as he gets set to perform the first of his My 50 Year Trip Las Vegas residency shows at Encore Theater at the Wynn, according to Rolling Stone.

"Isn't that funny?" Fogerty asked, rhetorically. "I'm just opening at the Encore Theater in Vegas and they pull another one of those, 'Ah, well, we have something we're doing over here.' They could have said it two weeks ago or the day after next week. But it's them dogging my career, so it's not unusual."

Revisited has 'The Final Revival' tour dates booked through September, after which the band says it will call it career after nearly 25 years of paying homage to the original Fogerty-led band.

Fogerty described the latter years of CCR as a constant power struggle. While he was the band's chief songwriter, arranger and front man, Cook, Clifford and guitarist Tom Fogerty constantly agitated for more input and creative control. CCR broke up in 1972 after releasing seven albums in about five years.

John later said Cook and Clifford "betrayed" him by selling their CCR voting rights to Fantasy Records head Saul Zaentz, thereby putting him on the losing end of every almost decision about CCR's legacy.

At the band's 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Cook and Clifford only found out they were not welcome on stage to perform with John the afternoon of the show. Two years later, Creedence Clearwater Revisited launched.

Cook says the idea for the band was more as a way to "get the hell out of the house" than to show up their former singer, "But I understand why people might assume we adopted a bit of that attitude."

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