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John Fogerty debuts his latest Las Vegas residency show, dubbed My 50 Year Trip, tonight at the Encore Theater at the Wynn resort and casino.
The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman tells ABC Radio he’s “really excited” about the concert production, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of his old band’s classic hit, “Proud Mary,” and CCR’s appearance at the Woodstock festival.
“[Woodstock] was sort of a seminal moment, at least for me and a lot of other artists too,” the 73-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says, “and we’re reflecting that in this show.”
Fogerty says the Vegas show features him “doing the songs from [CCR’s] Woodstock set, and also other songs [from] throughout my career…And sort of also honoring the vibe, the feeling that was going on during that magical year of 1969.”
John originally had planned to recreate the exact set Creedence played at the historic festival for the Vegas gigs, but he says he readjusted that plan.
“[I]t’s cool that I played them at Woodstock, but it doesn’t mean that it translates well in the 21st century,” he admits. “So we’re kind of alternating a couple of the songs.”
Asked how the new Vegas show differs from his last Sin City residency, Fogerty says, “It’s a complete revamp.” He adds, “[M]y wife, Julie, who is the producer of this…wanted to make sure that this was all-new stuff and all-new staging and all the rest…so they’ve been working for quite some time on the visual part.”
John’s sons, Shane and Tyler, also are part of the residency: both will play in their dad’s band during the six-date engagement and throughout 2019.
Fogerty’s Vegas performance dates are April 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, and 20. Here are his other confirmed North American concerts for 2019:
5/5 — New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/11 — New Town, ND, 4 Bears Casino Events Center
5/12 — Regina, SK, Canada, Brandt Centre
5/13 — Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre
6/20 — Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/9 — East Providence, RI, Bold Point Park
8/11 — Westbrook, ME, Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
8/13 — Boston, MA, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
8/15 — New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
8/16 — Watkins Glen, NY, Woodstock 50 – Woodstock Music and Arts Fair 2019
9/20 — Louisville, KY, Bourbon & Beyond – Kentucky Expo Center
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