25 years ago today (September 2nd), John Fogerty performed two Creedence Clearwater Revival classics — “Born on the Bayou” and “Fortunate Son” — at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s all-star grand opening concert at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. He also joined Bruce Springsteen for a duet cover of Roy Orbison‘s “Pretty Woman.” He talks about using “Born on the Bayou” as a concert opener.
“That started out a long, long time ago. That was my decision in 1969 to start our shows with that song. Really, the reason is it’s a nice medium tempo thing that has a real good groove to it, but yet I can get way into it vocally. I can really start to hit my voice really hard right away and it gives my fingers a chance to warm up.”