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CCR can live without reunion payday

Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Cosmo Clifford admits a reunion with frontman John Fogerty would be a big moneyspinner – but he's not waiting for a call.

Clifford and bassist Stu Cook continue to work as Creedence Clearwater Revisited following the outfit’s acrimonious collapse in 1972.

And even though Fogerty recently suggested he might consider working with his surviving bandmates again, the drummer says the time has long passed.

Clifford tells ABC: “It would have been nice 20 years ago. But I like the guys I’m working with now.

“I suppose if the original band got together again the money would be huge – but life is short, and the idea is to have as much fun as you can while you’re on the planet.

“So I wish John well. He’s got his band and we have ours, and we’re happy where we are.”

He remains proud of the work CCR created in their five years together. “I’ll be in a store, or surfing on the radio, and I hear those songs,” he says. “They could be a band right now, in the new millennium.

“That’s the beauty of it: great songwriting and great execution of the recordings. I think that’s why we’re still around.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.