On September 2nd, 1995, John Fogerty performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s all-star grand opening concert at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.  25 years ago today (September 2nd), John Fogerty performed two Creedence Clearwater Revival classics — “Born on the Bayou” and “Fortunate Son” — at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s all-star grand opening concert at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. He also joined Bruce Springsteen for a duet cover of Roy Orbison‘s “Pretty Woman.” He talks about using “Born on the Bayou” as a concert opener.  Born on the Bayou was the B side of Proud Mary which made it to # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969.

John Fogerty on opening shows with “Born on the Bayou.”

“That started out a long, long time ago. That was my decision in 1969 to start our shows with that song. Really, the reason is it’s a nice medium tempo thing that has a real good groove to it, but yet I can get way into it vocally. I can really start to hit my voice really hard right away and it gives my fingers a chance to warm up.” 

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