CCR rocks Royalton

By Chris Schafer

Doug “Cosmo” Clifford is on the road now on his way to the next destination on the tour. The drummer who first earned global acclaim as the backbone of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival is back to those familiar kick beats again with his latest project, Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

After a break in April, the new CCR-which includes drummer Clifford, bassist Stu Cook, lead singer John Tristao, lead guitarist Tal Morris and utility instrumentalist Steve Gunner-has been on tour relentlessly since early May.

The band played 16 shows in July alone. On July 15 they played Jacques Cartier Park in Quebec and on July 22 there was a show in Lake Ozark, MO.

Between those two was the July 21 show at the Half Way Jam Festival in Royalton.

“We had a wonderful time,” Clifford says of playing the Royalton show, their first in Central Minnesota in two years. “It was a good audience.”

It was also an audience that turned out to be a capacity crowd to cheer on each of the band’s classic songs played during the 90-minute set.

For CCR the capacity crowds are helpful motivation when the touring gets long. Clifford remembers one stretch in the current tour when the band played a show in Billings, MT and then played a show in New Brunswick Canada the next day. It was during this same stretch that the band played 14 shows in 17 days, many over the Canadian border.

But despite the long hours traveling, they keep playing.

“Stu (original Creedence Clearwater Revival bassist Stu Cook) and I decided that when this was no longer fun we’d quit,” Clifford said. “I could always work on my golf game,” he added.

But they haven’t quit yet. After playing in Creedence Clearwater Revival in the 60s and 70s, Cook and Clifford formed the new CCR in 1995. And the quintet has been together ever since. “They’re really gifted,” Clifford says of his band mates.

August will find the band traveling up the west coast with play dates in Oregon, California and British Columbia, but Clifford expects CCR will return to Central Minnesota in the near future. “I’m confident we will,” he said.

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