Original CCR member: Expect the hits
with Creedence Clearwater Revisited
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
People wanting tickets to the Chase County Fair grandstand shows can buy tickets at a promo cost from now through Sunday.
The fair’s “Buy in July” promotion allows ticket buyers to purchase single tickets at a $5 discount from the face price—$25 versus $30.
The fair also offers a volume discount when any combination of 10 tickets for either Friday or Saturday’s show is purchased. Tickets drop to $20 each from the $30 face value.
But people who want to take advantage of the promotion have to do so by Sunday. Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, all ticket prices revert to the $30 face value.
This year’s concerts include Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Friday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
They will be followed by the Kahuna Beach Party.
On Saturday, country music fans will get to hear Rodney Atkins on the Chase County Fair stage. His show begins at 7:30 p.m., as well.
The fair board will operate a beer garden inside the grandstand area both nights.
Hear old CCR hits
The music played by Creedence Clearwater Revisited includes all the hits made famous by the original band, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Two members of the original CCR band still play in CC Revisited. They include drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and bass player Stu Cook.
In a phone interview this week, Cosmo said fans can expect to hear all the hits when they come to this year’s show at the Chase County Fair.
“We play the hits—that’s what people want,” he said.
Cosmo dispelled the myth that CC Revisited doesn’t have all the rights to songs made famous by CCR.
“We just have to pay the publisher,” he noted.
Plus, “we play them better than anyone else,” Cosmo said.
So how did he get the nickname “Cosmo?”
During his college years, he said he lived in a typical “Animal House,” sans the fraternity.
They had bug problems in the house, including ants and roaches.
As an entomology major, he told the guys he’d take care of the bugs and instructed them not to leave food laying around.
When one of his friends asked how he got rid of the bug problem, a roommate said it was because he was “cosmo,” or a cosmic man of nature.
From there on, the name stuck and that’s what he goes by today.
Despite playing this music since the late ’60s, Cosmo said it never gets old. “I’m still having fun with it. I never get tired of it.”
“I still get an adrenaline rush,” he said, when he takes the stage to perform.
“Expect a power-packed show from the first song to the last,” Cosmo said. “It’s a great show.”
Fans can expect to hear their greats, some of which include “Down on the Corner,” “Proud Mary,” “Travelin Band,” “Midnight Special” and “Lookin Out My Back Door,” just to mention a few.