“Why would anyone pay $55 to see Creedence Clearwater [Revisited] when you can see them for free at the Del Mar Fair?”
That’s what one insider asked about two upcoming shows by the band that wants to be known as CCR.
A music fan asked what might be a better question: “Why would you care about either one?” The heart and soul of Creedence Clearwater Revival, singer-songwriter-guitarist John Fogerty, has nothing to do with this CCR revue and now performs and records under his own name. His brother Tom (fellow CCR cofounder) is dead. That leaves the Creedence bassist and drummer to exploit Creedence Clearwater as long as they tweak the name a bit. Their Creedence salute is playing one show at the Valley View Casino April 24 and another at the Del Mar Fair June 30.
The Valley View show has a $55 ticket charge (before Ticketmaster charges). The Del Mar Fair show is free with admission to some 7500 Del Mar Fair attendees.
Calls to the Valley View Casino and AEG Entertainment, which books Valley View, were not returned.
In other live-music news, the principal organizer of last year’s North by North Park music confab has settled on a new name following complaints by South by Southwest organizers that it was too similar to their annual Austin event.
Organizer Kevin Hellman says the new name will be the North Park Music Thing and that the event this year will expand from one day to three days, August 7–9.
Hellman, publisher of San Diego CityBeat, seemed to be at odds with CityBeat editor Kelly Davis, who suggested in a SD CityBeat blog that the issue was moot since the new name of the event had been changed to North to North Park. Davis blogged that this Reader writer was an “ignorant slut” for not knowing that the name had in fact been changed to North to North Park. Hellman said that Davis did not speak for the event and that the event was in fact run by the nonprofit San Diego Music Foundation and not by SD CityBeat, which is a sponsor of the event.