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  posted on 9/16/2005 at 11:48 PM
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - John Fogerty laughs when he says his next album of new material will be on Fantasy Records. "That's a phrase I never thought I'd say," he notes with glee.

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In a turn of events almost impossible to believe, due to Concord Records' acquisition of Fantasy, the singer/songwriter has been reunited with the catalog of his rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival after a 30-plus-year battle. And he has signed a long-term deal for his future recordings with the label.

In a well-told tale, Fogerty fought for years with former Fantasy owner Saul Zaentz, who went so far as to sue Fogerty for plagiarizing himself. Fantasy owns the masters to such CCR classics as "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Fortunate Son."

To buy his freedom from Fantasy, to which he owed at least 30 more albums, Fogerty struck a deal that meant he would never receive artist royalties from CCR recordings.

For years Fogerty was so embittered by the fight with Zaentz that he refused to perform the hits live, although he has for several years now.

When Concord first contemplated buying Fantasy late last year, Fogerty and his manager/wife Julie approached the label, initially just to say, "I'm the guy who wrote all the music you're thinking of purchasing," he says.

After the $80 million deal closed early this year, Fogerty's talks with Concord resumed, resulting not only in collaboration on his beloved catalog but on new material. Fogerty was without a label after Universal's purchase of DreamWorks a few years ago.

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"The folks at Concord really had respect for my work. That was quite different for me," he says. "For 35 years I've been treated like a hired hand that kind of snuck his way into the dinner table, and that wasn't very nice."

The reunion with his babies -- his songs -- has left him delighted and filled with many emotions. "I just had no reason to even dare hope this could happen," he says. "That's my first emotion. But No. 2 is that it shouldn't have been that way in the first place. But I'm not going to dwell on that one for very long because I spent so many years feeling like it was wrong. I'm just going to accept what it is and be very, very happy about it."

One of Concord's first moves was to offer to pay Fogerty artist royalties on his CCR material going forward. The checks should start rolling in after the release of his first complete career retrospective, "The Long Road Home," out November 1.

A live DVD, taped September 15 in Los Angeles, will follow. Then, Fogerty says, he will turn to writing new material.

Concord president Glen Barros says he knows his label cannot fix the past for Fogerty, but he believes it can create a happy future. "A big part of that was reuniting him with what he did with CCR. While we're looking forward to his new music, we also want to make sure we promote the great body of work. Now he can feel good about everything he can do with this music."

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 12:27 AM
80 million dollar deal...Yikes! Fogerty Rocks!

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 01:59 AM
Yes, there is a God! Congratulations to John. This is more than a long time coming. Now if there could be some reconciliation between him and his former bandmates. What a positive energy that would bring.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 02:50 AM
Finally justice is done....very good news indeed.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 05:00 AM
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Yes, there is a God! Congratulations to John. This is more than a long time coming. Now if there could be some reconciliation between him and his former bandmates. What a positive energy that would bring.


I seriously doubt that will ever happen.

He doesnt need them anyway.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 07:16 AM
"Zaentz can't dance but he'll steal your money..."

I am very happy for John at this moment.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 07:18 AM
It would be really tough considering Tom Fogarty is dead.

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For years Fogerty was so embittered by the fight with Zaentz that he refused to perform the hits live, although he has for several years now.



We can thank Bob Dylan for talking John into performing the old stuff...apparently it was Bob who convinced him to change his mind.

I saw JF a couple of years ago at a small bar, and it's one of the best shows I've ever seen. His vocals, his guitar work...all stellar, or STILL stellar to be exact.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 07:35 AM
very talented man

Saw him perform at a music festival earlier this year, and i thought he put on a very good performance.

Only thing I never got is how a guy from san francisco can pass his music off as southern rock

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 11:26 AM
Thanks so much for posting this, RollingCrowe. I am so glad to hear about this. One of the great American songwriters, given the big shaft for so many years. I wrote a detailed review of a Fogerty show here in the Bay area, including a history of his music industry travails, June '04. If anyone is interested, go to www.epinions.com. Their indexing is quite backwards, but you can get to my stuff this way: Do a search for "Gregg Allman concert reviews". From there you can click on my pen name, "sputumsuck", and all my reviews will come up. And yeah, he doesn't need the ex-Creedence guys.......he's got a bunch of monsters playing with him. John is just sounding great these days, including his voice. As you will see in my review, the main reason for the break-up of Creedence was the other member's insistence on more songwriting and musical influence. Well, don't bite the hand that feeds ya..........funny, I don't remember hearing any tunes on the radio penned by other Creedence members after the split. I wonder when the last time was John and his brother have spoken?

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 12:47 PM
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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 12:54 PM
Fogerty has really been working on his guitar playing lately. He's quite good, better than when CCR was in it's heyday.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 12:59 PM
That is great news. It seems that Fogerty has had some unfortunate experiences in his time and I'm glad this turned out great.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 01:09 PM
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It would be really tough considering Tom Fogarty is dead.

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For years Fogerty was so embittered by the fight with Zaentz that he refused to perform the hits live, although he has for several years now.



We can thank Bob Dylan for talking John into performing the old stuff...apparently it was Bob who convinced him to change his mind.

I saw JF a couple of years ago at a small bar, and it's one of the best shows I've ever seen. His vocals, his guitar work...all stellar, or STILL stellar to be exact.




Actually the first time he returned to the CCR material was for a Vietnam Vets Benefit.

He did it for them.

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It would be really tough considering Tom Fogarty is dead.

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For years Fogerty was so embittered by the fight with Zaentz that he refused to perform the hits live, although he has for several years now.



We can thank Bob Dylan for talking John into performing the old stuff...apparently it was Bob who convinced him to change his mind.

I saw JF a couple of years ago at a small bar, and it's one of the best shows I've ever seen. His vocals, his guitar work...all stellar, or STILL stellar to be exact.




Actually the first time he returned to the CCR material was for a Vietnam Vets Benefit.

He did it for them.

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I remember that. It was a big deal on TV and everything. GREAT show.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 01:22 PM
OK, I admit ignorance, I had no idea Tom Fogerty was dead. I assumed all this time that he was a member of Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Wikipedia (on-line encyclopedia) says he died on 9-6-1990. Then, "Tom Fogerty died of AIDS, probably due to blood transfusions during treatment for back ailments, and John refused to be at his bedside or reconcile at the end." WOW, that WAS a bitter split.

 

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OK, I admit ignorance, I had no idea Tom Fogerty was dead. I assumed all this time that he was a member of Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Wikipedia (on-line encyclopedia) says he died on 9-6-1990. Then, "Tom Fogerty died of AIDS, probably due to blood transfusions during treatment for back ailments, and John refused to be at his bedside or reconcile at the end." WOW, that WAS a bitter split.


Actually, according to John he went to Tom's bedside near the end and Tom pulled him close and whispered in his ear "Saul Zantz is my best friend."

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 02:28 PM
John looks great too these days for a guy whose gotta be pushing 60-the guy looks like he's in his early 40s!

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 02:45 PM
Great news for Fogerty.

I won free tickets to see him at a shed this summer, but had to give them away due to a family emergency. Gonna catch him someday.

 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 03:41 PM
I went and seen John a few years back. It was the "Premonition Tour", he was bad to the bone! I also seen the other band, Creedence Clearwater Revisted. They were pretty good also. I wouldn't had gone but I won free tickets from a local store. What blew me away about Revisted is that Elliot Easton the guy that use to be lead guitarist for the CARS is their lead guitarist! I took my Candy-O cd and had him sign it. Candy-O the best Cars album ever in my opinion. They seem like pretty nice guys especially Stew and Doug.
 

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  posted on 9/17/2005 at 03:43 PM
I saw him this summer, and it was incredible!!!!

 

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