By Philip Cosores
The feud between John Fogerty and his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates has spanned decades, with Fogerty having long gone after his old band for using the Creedence Clearwater Revisited name of their touring outfit. This lawsuit was settled way back in 2001, but now appears to be picking up steam again, but in reverse, with the bandmates now going after Fogerty for his recent comments regarding the use of the Creedence trademark.
According to Billboard, the 2001 settlement deemed Fogerty would back off his complains about the use of the Creedence Clearwater Revisited name in exchange for a cut of their earnings. This apparently was violated when Fogerty recently went after the Revisited camp in an interview.
“Using the name is sort of a sacrilege,” he told one publication, while to another he noted, “I just think that thing is from a certain time and it is untouchable, unless everybody is there. You can’t do it unless everyone says it is OK to do it.”
Now, his former band and associates, which includes Douglas Clifford, bassist Stuart Cook and the wife of late rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, are saying these interview critiques violate the settlement. The band is suing for alleged malfeasance and settlement agreement breach, as well as claiming Fogerty himself is misusing the trademark, with a tour in which is advertised to “perform the albums of Creedence Clearwater Revival.”
We’ll see how this plays out, but we are guessing a CCR reunion is just out of the question for now.
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