CCR 5/2/22

Currently in production is Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival At Royal Albert HallDeadline reported the doc, which is being narrated by Jeff Bridges, will be directed by Bob Smeaton — best known for his work on 1995’s Grammy-winning The Beatles Anthology and most recently, 2021’s critically acclaimed The Who Sell Out documentary. Creedence played two shows at the Albert Hall, hitting the hallowed venue on April 14th and 15th, 1970. No release date for the film has been announced.

According to the official press release:

(Travelin’ Band) takes the viewer on a journey from the band’s humble, yet formative years in El Cerrito, California, to their meteoric rise in 1969, from headlining Woodstock to selling out the Oakland Coliseum before traveling through Europe and taking the stage at the Royal Albert Hall, the most prestigious music venue in the UK.

Years of research, discovery and restoration have gone into the project including finding the original (Royal Albert Hall) concert footage in a London vault, which has been fully restored after 50 years of storage. . . Previously unreleased 16mm footage of the legendary performance, fly-on-the-wall band interactions and interviews (have been) unearthed from the Fantasy Records vault, plus what is believed to be the earliest known footage of Creedence performing.

After years of ignoring his CCR hits in concert, over the past 25 years, John Fogerty has embraced his past and now includes nearly all of the band’s biggest hits in his concert set lists: [“I still realize that by far all around the world I am most known for the Creedence era. And those are songs that I love to play. I’m very happy at this stage in my career that people still, y’know, really get a big kick out of hearing “Green River” and “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain.” It’s a really cool thing (laughs). Sometimes I’m pretty much in awe of the whole situation.”] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . the whole situation)

We asked Creedence drummer Doug Clifford if when the band was walking such a fine line between being an AOR and singles act, where he actually saw the band fitting in: [“I thought we were more of an FM band, because we were right at the epicenter of FM rock — and that’s where we got our first radio play and got started. I think it was sort of an extra little gold chip in the bucket to have the AM success.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . the AM success)

John Fogerty next performs on May 7th in Valdosta, Georgia at the All-Star Amphitheater at Wild Adventures Theme Park.

TL: DR

  • Currently in production is the new documentary, Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival At Royal Albert Hall.

FAST FACTS

  • For years, fans believed that the band’s 1980 live set The Royal Albert Hall Concert, was actually the soundtrack to Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s famed London concert, until it was revealed the show was actually from January 31st, 1970 in Oakland, California at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena.
  • The legendary vault release was soon renamed, simply, The Concert.