One of the highlights of last week’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony came early in the night, as Randy Newman was joined by Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and John Fogerty for a rocking run through his hit “I Love L.A.”

While Fogerty has been leading his own touring band for decades, in the past few months, he’s gotten used to performing with other artists. His upcoming album, Wrote A Song For Everyone, sees him recasting some of his biggest hits as collaborations with artists ranging from Jennifer Hudson to My Morning Jacket. More recently, he’s done a handful of shows as part of Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players, while Grohl’s Foo Fighters appear on Fogerty’s new album. Fogerty reunited with Grohl and Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins during the Rock Hall’s finale, where the all-star group covered “Crossroads.” spoke to Fogerty before he performed with Newman at the induction ceremony, and talked about playing with Grohl and the Foos.

“It was just a joy to plug into their energy,” he said, noting that it was also fun to be along for the ride, and not necessarily the one calling the shots, as is the case on his own tours. “Not having to be responsible for every note, and everything that’s going on at the show, and let go of that, and just be part of the energy of the shows [was great].”

Fogerty will continue revisiting his past on his upcoming tour, which has yet to be announced. He says he will be performing full albums by his former band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, during the shows, as he’s done previously.

“That’s the plan,” he said. “It’s far enough away that we really haven’t decided which [albums]. We did a tour of Canada last fall [of the full-album performances] that went really well. It was fun to get into all those songs. The more you tell stories about it, the more things you remember.”

Wrote A Song For Everyone comes out May 28. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony airs on HBO May 18 at 9 p.m.


— Brian Ives,


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