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Creedence Clearwater Revisited coming to Hudson Gardens on Sunday

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By Ramsey Scott

The music of Creedence Clearwater Revival — one of the seminal rock bands of the ‘60s and ‘70s, responsible for classic songs like “Proud Mary,” “Fortunate Son,” and “Bad Moon Rising” — is coming to Littleton this Sunday.

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Creedence Clearwater Revisited, a band that features original drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook, will perform to a sold-out crowd at Hudson Gardens on July 27 as part of the venue's summer concert series.

The new band formed 19 years ago, planning to play the original music of Creedence Clearwater Revival for a couple of private gigs, Clifford said. But a friend of the band members who was a high school principal asked them to play in concert, and the Revisited has been playing for the public ever since.

“We absolutely didn’t think it would last this long. We had a five-year plan, and that was it. There was no real plan,” Clifford said. “When he asked us to play, we said, 'What the hell? We might as well give it a shot.' We did, people loved it, and that’s how we started (playing shows). People were saying, 'What took you so long?' So it’s been great.”

Clifford attributes the lasting success of Creedence Clearwater Revival to the songwriting of original singer John Fogerty and to the band playing together for 10 years before releasing their first record. 

“We started when we were 13 years of age learning to play our instruments, learning to play as a band, learning to play together. That process took 10 years before we put out a record,” Clifford said. “We made it a point that we aspired to be students of roots American music. We stuck to our guns, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Clifford said that even after 40 years of playing music professionally, he still experiences pure joy while on stage. It’s the same feeling he had while playing as a young teen in California.

“It’s a labor of love. It’s something that I still have the same feeling that I did when I would run home from school and go into the garage and start practicing on my drums,” Clifford said. “I’m hooked, and it hasn't gone away. People say, ‘Do you get scared before I go on?’ I say, 'I don’t get scared, I get excited.' ”

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine. Check www.columbinecourier.com for updates.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited

6:30 p.m. Sunday at Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive.

The show is sold out.

For more information on summer concerts at Hudson Gardens, visit http://hudsongardens.org/content/concerts.php