Creedence Clearwater Revival founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford have been on quite a ride. 45 years ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival headlined the Saturday night slot at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival. Also that year, 3 Creedence Clearwater Revival albums simultaneously perched in the top 10 of the rock music charts and the group had 4 top 3 singles.
The accolades keep coming. Earlier in 2014, The Recording Academy® recognized Stu and Cosmo’s work in Creedence Clearwater Revival by inducting the album Cosmo’s Factory recordings into the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 recording “Fortunate Son” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Following their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cosmo and Stu launched their Creedence Clearwater Revisited project in 1995, to once again perform live in concert the hit songs—touchstones of a generation. Since then, the legendary rhythm section has been thrilled by the outpouring of affection for their new band. World tours and the platinum certified album Recollection followed. The astounding response to the band has been driven in part by new generations of fans that, as Cosmo says, “weren’t even born when the music came out.”
As udiscovermusic.com recently commented, it is the “rhythm section, Doug Clifford’s drums and Stu Cook’s bass that is a hallmark of Creedence Clearwater Revival.” Rest assured, the boys did not take assembling the rest of the new group’s players lightly. “In the beginning, Cosmo and I decided that if we could find the musicians that could capture the sound and recreate what the music was about, we’d do it,” recalls Stu. As fans around the world can attest, Stu and Cosmo found the right players. Lead singer/rhythm guitar player, John Tristao, a powerful tenor with energy and charm that motors the classic songs, initially rose to prominence as lead singer for the band People when their hit “I Love You” bulleted into the top ten. The newest touring member of Creedence Clearwater Revisited is lead guitarist, Kurt Griffey. As a guitarist, song writer, producer and performer, Griffey has recorded and toured with notable groups including members of the Eagles, Foreigner, the Moody Blues, Wings, Lynyrd Skynryd, Santana and Journey. Talented multi-instrumentalist, Steve Gunner, rounds out the group. As Cosmo puts it, “Gunn provides live all the overdubs that were on the records—keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica and the high harmonies.”
In 2013, Classic Rock Revisited critic Jeb Wright wrote about a Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert he attended. “The true test of any concert is how the music makes you feel. On this night, this writer walked away with a wonderful feeling, having just witnessed timeless, historical music, performed to perfection. Creedence Clearwater Revisited not only looks to the past, performing iconic songs, they bring them to the modern day, reminding us all of the true importance of this music.”