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Cook lends Creedence to Revisiting hits

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

The songs remain the same, and that's just fine for Creedence Clearwater Revisited bass player and 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stu Cook.

The band, which formed in 1995 and actively tours throughout the United States and abroad, recently completed a four-night "Rock Legends" cruise which sailed from Ft. Lauderdale to the northern coast of Haiti.

Back on terra firma, Creedence continues an extensive 2013 tour schedule with an 8 p.m. Jan. 23 concert at Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem.

The members of Creedence Clearwater Revisited are no strangers to performing at casino venues. "We do about 40 a year," says Cook. "It's a good chunk of our work."

Creedence Clearwater Revisited is the second incarnation of classic swamp rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival which disbanded in 1972. CC Revisited, assembled jointly by original CCR members Cook and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, continues to bring their beloved brand of rock to fans.

Rounding out the group is lead guitarist Kurt Griffey, Steve Gunner on backing vocals, guitar and harmonica and lead singer John Tristao, whose vocals do more than justice to the music.

People of all ages come to see Creedence Clearwater Revisited perform live. "Generally, they're 8 to 80, but I don't think they're going to let youngsters into a casino, so 21 and up for this show," says Cook. "But we draw a completely broad audience; I'd say three generations is the usual."

It's all about the classics for CC Revisited, which plays what the crowd wants to hear at more than 100 concerts annually. Legendary mainstays of the Creedence catalog such as "Proud Mary," "Down on the Corner," "Suzi Q" and "Fortunate Son" are just a few of the memorable tunes typically performed during the approximately 90-minute show.

"We stick with the originals. That's why people come to see us," says Cook. "We're too busy to get really involved with anything else now. This is our 19th year of doing this. It seems to be working so, as they say, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.'" The band is so successful that Cook and Clifford have no need to pursue other projects. This is their full-time gig.

Creedence Clearwater Revival released a live double album in 1995, "Recollection," that in 2008 was certified platinum. When it was released, the album represented the first recording in 20 years of CCR songs by original members.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited makes sure they deliver what the fans expect while simultaneously connecting with them. "A good concert requires interaction between the band and the audience and we strive for that. We've got the songs, we've got the players, and we've got what it takes. It's a good band to play in," says Cook.