by Paul Meringolo, Jr.
August 20th, 2015
There are few old school rock bands that still tour these days and more so old school rock bands that have broken up but remaining members band together, filling in the appropriate spots and hit the road. Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of those bands that broke up, but drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and bassist Stu Cook got together in 1995 and formed the new CCR, or as they are known today, Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Doug and Stu are joined by singer and rhythm guitarist John Tristao, Kurt Griffery on lead guitar and Steve Gunner who plays keyboards, acoustic guitar, harmonica, percussion, and sings. This trio of guys along with their musical accomplishments compliments Stu and Doug perfectly and will bring CCR fans back to the good ol’ days and remind them what classic rock and roll really is.
The venue was The Paramount which can be found in the town of Huntington on Long Island, a small intimate place right in the center of Huntington Village. The boys took the stage around 8:30pm and kicked the night off right, opening the show with “Born on the Bayou” and then jumping right into the “Green River”. The energy in the crowd could be felt from the start! The mixture of older fans and the younger generation could be seen as the crowd danced as the band whipped out tunes like “Lodi”, “Who’ll Stop The Rain” and “Down on the Corner”. The night was definitely one to remember as the band ended the show with energy packed “Up Around the Bend”. A huge smile could be seen on all faces as they filed out of The Paramount. As far classic rock bands go, CCR is one of those that endured big changes and keeps on going and is, in my opinion, one of the must see classic rock bands that still perform today! Unfortunately CCR is at the end of their summer tour, performing there last show on August 22nd in Delaware, but keep your eyes and ears open cause they will be back around before you know it!