U.S. Army Reserve Veteran John Fogerty to Perform Patriotic July 4 Concert

by Josh Lanier

Former Credence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty is returning to the road. And he’s planning a performance on July 4th in Minnesota.

The former U.S. Army Reservist has a string of hit songs and classic rock tunes that have lived on for decades. He’s most synonymous with the 1960s and Vietnam War-era counter culture.

He told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he was inspired by a lot of the injustices of that time. In fact, he wrote the anti-Vietnam War anthem “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” after reading an article in the paper.

“I wrote that in the midst of the Vietnam era. It was kind of a fatalistic view. I was a person who felt powerless. I realized a split in me: I’d grown up as an American, and I was proud to be an American, yet I realized these people in Washington weren’t my country. They were representatives of the government,” said Fogerty. “And with a great sense of powerlessness, I was asking questions I had no answer to, meaning, why does this have to be this way? Why are these people in charge and yet they don’t seem to be listening to us, the people they say they are representing?”

John Fogerty has released music continuously since leaving CCR in the 1970s. He released his most recent song “Weeping in the Promised Land” in January. And this will be his first live performance in front of a paying crowd since the pandemic began. Although he did live-streamed performances of several of his hit songs with his children and grandchildren during the past year.

For more information on the July 4th show at Mystic Lake Casino amphitheater visit Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

John Fogerty Feuded With President Trump

One of John Fogerty’s biggest hits was “Fortunate Son,” which CCR released in 1969. He said he wrote it about people who were able to use their privilege to escape the military draft. Former President Donald Trump used the song several times during campaign stops last year. John Fogerty demanded that Trump stop and even threatened to sue the former Commander-in-Chief if he didn’t. He said he wrote the song about people like Trump, whom he called a “fortunate son.” However, Trump called his bluff and continued to use the song at rallies.