CCR's Stu Cook talks Woodstock fifty years later

CCR's Stu Cook says Woodstock is memorable -- but is "absolutely not" the highlight of his career. He says the story is the crowd, not the acts on stage.

CCR's Stu Cook talked about what Woodstock was and wasn't:

"Woodstock was a landmark, as it turned out, but not because of the bands. The bands were the ticket draw; Creedence was, I think, the first, maybe... the first or second, but I believe the first band, major band to sign with Michael Lang and his partners to participate in the event. Everybody knows what happened, it rained and the gates went down and the number of people doubled -- up to near a half-million. But the real story is the audience."

CCR's Stu Cook discussed the Woodstock crowds and the subsequent movie -- which will be re-released during 2019:

"How the events unfolded, how people kept it together, is the real story of Woodstock. That's why I don't consider it one of my professional... it was nice to have been there and then part of it. It's a shame we weren't in the film. We've been included in several subsequent anniversary releases. And there's a good chance that our entire performance will be made available this year. I think they're just ironing out some of the lawyer stuff right now."

John Fogerty also recently said it's likely Creedence's set will be included in the release, which will mark Woodstock's 50th anniversary this year.

Oddly, just a day after appearing before the biggest crowd of their career, Stu says they played before one of the smallest he can recall.

Stu Cook recalls the show CCR played right after appearing at Woodstock:

"My Woodstock story is after we played for all these people and we were able to get our equipment and our crew and the whole entourage out, the next night. we played a small tent in New Jersey. Literally, a circus tent. And The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band opened for us. There couldn't have been more than five or six hundred people there."

So if Woodstock wasn't Creedence's greatest gig, what was? Stu says it when they played London's Royal Albert Hall.

 
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