Stu Cook and Doug Clifford Respond to Fogerty Litigation Comments

Original members fire back at John Forgerty in the latest CCR flare-up.

When John Fogerty distributed a press release earlier this week saying he was being sued by his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates, you had to know it wouldn't be the last word in what has been an ongoing battle between original band members. Bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford, who perform CCR songs under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited and have been in a legal tussle with Fogerty over the CCR catalog for 20 years, issued the following statement:

“Because of recent inaccurate statements in the media regarding pending litigation, we want to set the record straight. We have never objected to John Fogerty performing any song he ever wrote, or performing any song recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival. That idea is ridiculous. Even when he refused to play those songs, and publicly called for a boycott of CCR music, we encouraged him to perform them whenever and wherever he wanted. The facts are that Mr. Fogerty, while proclaiming joyful rebirth in the press, repeatedly has his lawyers threaten us with lawsuits and demand unreasonable concessions of our rights. Last week, the threats and demands left us with little doubt that a lawsuit would be filed by him against us for the second time. This unfortunate situation required us to take unpleasant preemptive legal action. This action is about the need to defend ourselves and rights, Mr. Fogerty’s failure to perform contractual promises and unlicensed uses of the trademark ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival.’ The trademark is not owned by him, but by the Creedence Clearwater Revival Partnership. We have a business relationship with him and, under prevailing circumstances, chose not to be bullied.”

-Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford


CCR's Stu Cook

Imagine the San Francisco Bay Area circa 1967, and any number of landmark moments in rock & roll history come to mind—the Grateful Dead on the steps at 710 Ashbury St., Jefferson Airplane expanding minds at the Fillmore, Janis Joplin belting it out at the Human Be-In.