Some classic rock, minus classic band lineups -
go logo


Some classic rock, minus classic band lineups
By Kevin Coffey / World-Herald staff writer

Two rock bands and dozens of popular classic songs meant lots of dancing Friday night at the Ralston Arena.

Classic rock and thousands of people filled the 3,500-seat space while Creedence Clearwater Revisited and The Guess Who played for more than three hours.

By the end of Creedence's set, the empty spaces of the arena's floor filled with people jumping out of their seats to dance to “Travelin' Band” and “Up Around the Bend.”

Creedence Clearwater Revisited is, of course, not to be confused with Creedence Clearwater Revival, the original band that included John Fogerty on vocals.

Revisited features original Creedence members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, but the group replaced the late Tom Fogerty with Kurt Griffey on lead guitar and singer John Fogerty with John Tristao.

Tristao was a decent substitute for Fogerty, but he's not quite the original. During “Midnight Special,” Tristao's voice was incredible, but for some other songs, especially the lackluster “On the Corner,” Tristao sounded like a guy in a cover band doing his best Fogerty impression.

Throughout the show, CCR played its laid-back rock — the kind of stuff you'd hear at a friend's barbecue — and fans treated it like a friendly gathering as they went to and from their seats for beers and snacks, and many people got out of their seats to dance.

CCR's set was a greatest hits selection and included “Born on the Bayou,” “Lodi,” “Who'll Stop the Rain,” “Hey Tonight” and “Bad Moon Rising,” among others.

Though most songs were close to their familiar forms, guitarist Griffey too often went through long, winding guitar solos. The solo in “Suzie Q” was longer than the song's original 4:34 run time, and it became kind of boring.

Fans cheered like a roar of thunder for the solos in “Heard it Through the Grapevine,” but the bloated quartet of solos (one bass, one drums and two separate noodlings by Griffey on guitar) expanded the song into a 15-minute version that was just unnecessary.

Though The Guess Who was listed as support for the concert, the Canadian band had the stage for 90 minutes — a set equal in length to CCR.

The band played lots of B sides, album cuts and new tunes, but fans remained seated for all but its most famous songs including “No Sugar Tonight” and “American Woman.” The Guess Who's big finish came in its encore of “These Eyes” and “No Time,” where the audience rose to its feet and sang along.

For me, it always feels a little weird to see a band playing without at least its core songwriters or singers, but most in the audience didn't mind.

“Proud Mary” and “Fortunate Son,” which came at the end of the band's set, brought out a big crowd of dancers, many of whom sang to the band's hits.

“You're sounding awesome from here,” Tristao said. “Great to be back in your neck of the woods.”

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

Read more stories by Kevin

Contact the Omaha World-Herald newsroom

Copyright ©2014 Omaha World-Herald®. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, displayed or redistributed for any purpose without permission from the Omaha World-Herald.

Latest Stories

Omaha's dive-iest dive bars
Omaha's dive-iest dive bars

Omaha's many neighborhood bars run the gamut of experiences.

Dining notes: Famous Dave’s moving to new spot
Dining notes: Famous Dave’s moving to new spot

Council Bluffs’ Famous Dave’s is relocating.

South Omaha will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food fest
South Omaha will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food fest

This year, for the first time, South Omaha will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an authentic Mexican food festival.

Sawyer Brown known for its 'Nebraska Song'

Sawyer Brown is known for its three No. 1 country hits and 16 studio albums, but here in Nebraska, it's mostly known for one thing.

Why is ketchup so hard to pour?
Why is ketchup so hard to pour?

Why is ketchup so hard to pour? It has to do the fact that it’s a strange kind of fluid that behaves like a solid. Sometimes.

Opera Omaha's 'Cinderella' is a little different, but story is still universal
Opera Omaha's 'Cinderella' is a little different, but story is still universal

Joan Font always knew “Cinderella” was a universal story. He just didn't realize how universal it was.

Live Music Calendar

A roundup of live music events in the Omaha area.

Big weekend ahead for Nebraska Wind Symphony

During a concert Sunday, the Nebraska Wind Symphony will induct two members into its hall of fame, celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Music in Catholic Schools, present a concerto by the winner of its annual memorial scholarship and feature a sixth-grader as a guest conductor.

Theater events listing

A list of opening and upcoming theater events.

Black Lips show staying power
Black Lips show staying power

With seven albums, the band has managed to stick around far longer than its influences.

Movies Opening this week

Movie showtimes and theater listings

Read this!


Tonight in Prime Time
© 2014 Omaha World-Herald. All rights reserved