Proud veteran and Rock Hall of Famer John Fogerty will celebrate July 4 at Mystic Lake Casino amphitheater.
Having served in the U.S. Army Reserve, Fogerty proclaimed in the Creedence Clearwater Revival anthem "Fortunate Son" that he wasn't privileged like a draft-dodging senator's son.
With Fogerty as its frontman and chief songwriter, CCR scored many hits in the late '60s and early '70s, including "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising" and the antiwar "Who'll Stop the Rain."
In 1997, he told the Star Tribune what prompted him to pen that song:
"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 ... 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?"
Since leaving Creedence in 1972, Fogerty has delivered solo hits, including the baseball classic "Centerfield." In January, he released the gospel-styled social commentary "Weeping in the Promised Land."
During the pandemic, Fogerty, 75, livestreamed performances with his children accompanying him. He last performed in the Twin Cities area in 2018 at Treasure Island Casino amphitheater in Red Wing.
Tickets, starting at $49, go on sale at noon Friday at ticketmaster.com and the Mystic box office, 952-496-6563.
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