Friday, April 29, 2022

Creedence Clearwater Revival announce Royal Albert Hall concert documentary

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1970 appearance at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall will be the subject of a new documentary currently in production following the discovery of unseen film footage five decades after the event.

“Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall” will take viewers on a journey from the band's humble, yet formative years in El Cerrito, CA, 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.

News of the project follows years of research, including the discovery of the original concert footage in a London vault that has been fully restored after 50 years of storage. The film also includes previously unreleased 16mm footage of the legendary performance, fly-on-the-wall band interactions and interviews unearthed from the Fantasy Records vault, plus what is believed to be the earliest known footage of Creedence performing live.

“Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall” is directed by Bob Smeaton (“The Beatles Anthology” and “Jimi Hendrix: Band Of Gypsies”) and narrated by actor Jeff Bridges, who like his iconic character “The Dude” in The Big Lebowski, is a fan of the band.

The film features the ONLY full concert footage of the original Creedence Clearwater Revival to ever be released, while the audio was mixed and restored from the original multitrack tapes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell (“The Beatles: Get Back” and “Rocket Man”).

“As a kid growing up in the UK during the late '60s, early '70s, Creedence were a band that I was only really aware of through their hit singles,” says Smeaton. “Therefore making this film was an education for me, I was able to see and hear why they are worthy of their status as one of the greatest bands of all time. I knew they were good, I never knew they were that good.”

CCR released seven albums (including three platinum ones in 1969 alone) and had a dozen US Top 40 hits before they disbanded in 1972; the group sold more than 26 million albums in the US alone and were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993.

Details regarding the release of “Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall” are forthcoming.
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