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John Fogerty On Creedence Clearwater Revival: ‘I Guess There’s No Reunion Then’

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John Fogerty revealed he’s been working on a new solo album that could include an all-star lineup of guest appearances. The odds of him patching things up with former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates for this project, a separate project or a future tour remain slimmer than Vanilla Ice being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Sad thing is, even he might get in before Rush or Kiss.)

Recently Fogerty suggested that he’d consider a reunion, but tells Billboard that his comments weren’t received well by former bandmates Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. “I was surprised I was so mellow about it…but I’ve heard through the grapevine the other fellas were really upset or something over that. So I sent back, ‘Oh. I guess there’s no reunion then.’”

The “grapevine” he’s referring to is his former bandmate Cook’s comments in the February 2012 issue of Britain’s Uncut Magazine that “Leopards don’t change their spots. This is just an image-polishing exercise by John. My phone certainly hasn’t rung.”

“It might have been a nice idea 20 years ago, but it’s too late,” Clifford added. The dispute stems from a series of business and artistic differences that led to their breakup in 1972. Fogerty’s refusal to perform with the others at the 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony certainly didn’t help matters, and judging by Clifford and Cook’s response, that may have been the last straw.

According to Billboard, possible guest artists for the new album included the Foo Fighters and country stars Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert. Fogerty and Lambert have performed together as recently as early December, and the classic rocker admits he’s always admired Paisley. In recent years Fogerty has become somewhat of a friend to country music, showing up at back-to-back ACM Awards and various other industry gatherings.

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