Sunday, July 12, 2015

John Fogerty sues former CCR bandmates

John Fogerty has filed a civil suit against his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates for breach of contract regarding their use of the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Rolling Stone reports the claim, which was filed Friday in California, states that former CCR bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford haven't paid Fogerty for the use of his songs as well as his share of their "touring and merchandise" since December 2011, despite a 2001 agreement to do so.

Cook, Clifford and the widow of rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, John's brother, preemptively sued Fogerty last December over what they feared was "pending litigation."

For his part, Fogerty reissued the same statement he made in December.

"No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs," said the singer. "These frivolous lawsuits in the past took me away from the music I loved. I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road. No matter how anyone else sees it, they are my songs."

Fogerty is currently playing shows on his “1969” summer tour, which sees him perform music from the three albums he released in a single year with CCR, including “Bayou Country”, “Green River” and “Willy And The Poor Boys.”

The Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and solo artist will publish his memoir, “Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music”, on October 6 via Little, Brown and Company.

See also:

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John Fogerty to publish memoir this fall
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