The Glorious Corner: Creedence Clearwater Revival, “The Highway Men”, New York’s City Winery and More

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Creedence Clearwater Revival
By G.H. Harding

CCR REUPS —Creedence Clearwater Revival are apparently starting to repair what became one of rock’s ugliest breakups.

In fact, they began falling apart before the band even called it quits, as the late Tom Fogerty  (John’s brother) left prior to 1972’s Mardi Gras album. Since then, there have been suits and counter-suits, cutting quotes, in news reports and the launch of a similarly named offshoot band, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, led by bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford.

John Fogarty, (worth in excess of 70 million) then refused to perform with the duo when Revival were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Asked about Fogerty at one point,  Clifford shot back, “There’s duct tape on my rear-view mirror.”

Cook now says CCR’s surviving members have moved past their long-standing differences. “We’re not sniping at each other anymore,” he told Billboard. “We’re focused on the good things about Creedence, which is where I think we should be.”

Cook, Clifford and Fogerty have since established a joint venture to market the original band as well. Among the Revival-related projects being discussed is the long-hoped-for release of their Woodstockperformance, which wasn’t included in the 1970 documentary about the festival or its soundtrack album.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited will also retire from the road once their previously announced dates are completed. A Fogerty lawsuit briefly forced them to change the band name to Cosmo’s Factory, though Cook and Clifford ultimately prevailed and returned to the Revisited moniker. (Their original lineup included Elliot Easton of the Cars.) Revisited later issued a platinum-selling live album, 2007’s Recollection.

As a die-hard CCR fan, this is great news indeed; though a tad bittersweet as brother-Tom is long gone and let’s face it, the musical world has changed. Still, songs like “Who’ll Stop The Rain” and “Fortunate Sun” will live on forever. I predict one final CCR tour with the three surviving members. Heck, now’s the time … right?

The Highway Men

THE HIGHWAYMEN — I’ve seen some great stuff on cable. Last year’s A Very English Scandal, with Hugh Grant, tops this list, but I watched something over the weekend that really floored me. On Netflix, The Highwaymen featuring Kevin Costner and Woody Harelson. Its a first class winner all the way.

I’m a big Costner fan, ever since his Dances With Wolves (in 1990) and No Way Out in 1987. 1987 was a big year for him as The Untouchables, with Sean Connery and Andy Garcia, came out too. As big a movie as Wolves was, I still remember him as Elliot Ness. It was, just a spectacular performance. Here, it’s Ness with a Texas-twang for sure.

This new Netflix movie reprises the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, but from the lawman’s perspective. Costner and Harrelson portray the two former Texas Rangers, who got them … and, killed them: Frank Hamer and Maney Gault.

Costner, as Haney, is sensational, portraying just the right amount of good. As written elsewhere, this movie doesn’t pay Bonnie and Clyde any attention. In fact, you literally don’t see them until the end. Costner’s character hates the way they’ve been portrayed as a modern-day and you believe his every word.

John Fusco’s script is ingenious.

This movie was developed for Paul Newman and Robert Redford years ago and I’m wondering why they didn’t climb on-board.

John lee Hancock’s direction is terrific too. He did The Help and you can instantly see his mastery of the technique.

I loved it. Do yourself a favor and have a look.

CITY WINERY RELOCATES IN NYC — Urban winery and live music venue City Winery has signed a 25-year lease with RXR Realtyand developers Young Woo to relocate to a 32,000-square-feet space at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park. For the past 10 years, New York’s City Winery has been located at 155 Varick St., just miles away from the new location.

The Pier will be anchored by Google, which will occupy a majority of the art deco former Marine and Aviation Pier. The Pier is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places and occupies a highly visible location in the park at West 15th Street near Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District, the High Line and the recently opened Whitney Museum.

“We are excited and honored to have found a home in Hudson River Park and to be amongst so many architecturally significant buildings in this area,” said City Winery founder and CEO Michael Dorf in a release. “Pier 57 is going to be an amazing adaptive reuse with its own market, Google, and an 80,000-sq. ft. rooftop public park. We are so happy to be part of this unique space and instantly felt a connection to it. To bring our winemaking, food, and music to this market complex feels like a karmic honor.”

City Winery’s new flagship location in NYC will feature a seated 350-person concert hall and a smaller 150-person capacity loft space. The facility will also include a 100-seat capacity restaurant and tasting room with views of Hudson River Park, including the park’s forthcoming Pier 55, and a fully functioning winery. The wine-production facility and barrel storage room will be visible from the street along the Hudson River Park esplanade and from the main entrance to the Pier.

Construction is expected to get underway shortly with plans to open the new City Winery in early 2020.

Wendy Stuart Kaplan and William Schill
Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes 
Mark Bego at Sonoran Glass

SHORT TAKES — The Prom, an event, from the Triversity Center for Gender & Sexual Diversity, was held last Saturday.  Co-hosted by influencer Wendy Stuart Kaplan, the theme was Wanna Dance with Somebody- Celebrating the Grammys. Kaplan is seen here with Broadway-agent-to-the-stars William Schill … Boy, you have to give Showtime credit; their Loudest Voice – the Roger Ailes story- is out June 30. Starring a pasty-looking Russell Crowe as Ailes; also along for the romp are Naomi Watts; Sienna Miller; and, Seth MacFarlane. Guess they wanted to give the old-heave-ho to Ailes and his Fox nation. Here’s a clip that was released yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKKnktgx6Pc … Celebrity-author Mark Bego took a class at Sonoran Glass in downtown Tucson Monday. He created two desk paperweights … Two facts I did not remember: guitarist Robin Trower was in Procol Harum and on their debut platter “Whiter Shade of Pale” track and, that Steve Miller is Les Paul’s godson, who taught him to play guitar … Madonna’s new album is called Madame X and she assumes several different identities on it. Geeze, sounds fascinating … right? I think she should reunite with Shep Pettibone and do an out-and-out dance-music album. What do you think? … Bohemian Rhapsody has crossed the 900 million dollar mark. Impressive! …This  Sunday is Donnie Kehr’s last performance with his Greatest Piano Men at Las Vegas’ Flamingo. He had an impressive run with guests like Donny Osmond stopping by. Kudos Donnie! …  PR-pasha David Salidor at Parkside in Corona, Queens … NBC renewed their Manifest. Can’t figure that out at all; lame writing and acting … Micky Dolenz is with fellow Hollywood Vampire-Alice Cooper on April 26, for his Rock Solid Foundation … Next week, the Tribeca Film Festival (which began in 2002) gets underway … and, This Is Us’ Sterling K. Brown joins The Marvelous Ms. Maisel next season for a story-arc.

Alice Cooper and Micky Dolenz

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Julie Machover; Adam Ellis; The Paramount; Markos Papadatos; Randy Alexander; Steve Walter; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Jane Blunkell; Steve Walter; Paul Undersinger; ; Josh Charles; Richard Johnson; Jodi Ritzen; Vito Bruno; Heather Moore; Jay Cassell; Dave Marken; DJ Glenn Friscia; Curtis Urbina; and, CFS.

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