CREEDENCE: He Said, Now They Say
Doug Clifford and Stu Cook explain why they’re suing John Fogerty.
The war of words and lawsuits between the former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival continues. Drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook issued a response to John Fogerty‘s recent statement that “No lawyers, lawsuits or angry ex–band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs.” He was commenting on a lawsuit filed against him by his former bandmates and the widow of his brother, Tom Fogerty, over his use of the Creedence name in ads for his recent Canadian tour.
Clifford and Cook have released a statement, saying, “We have never objected to John Fogerty performing any song he ever wrote, or performing any song recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival. That idea is ridiculous. Even when he refused to play those songs, and publicly called for a boycott of CCR music, we encouraged him to perform them whenever and wherever he wanted.
“[He] repeatedly has his lawyers threaten us with lawsuits and demand unreasonable concessions of our rights. Last week, the threats and demands left us with little doubt that a lawsuit would be filed by him against us for the second time…This action is about the need to defend ourselves [against his] unlicensed uses of the trademark ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival.’ The trademark is not owned by him, but by the Creedence Clearwater Revival Partnership. We have a business relationship with him and, under prevailing circumstances, chose not to be bullied.”
Clifford and Cook currently perform as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.