John Fogerty Sues Former CCR Bandmates
conic Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty files a lawsuit on Friday against his former bandmates, who are still touring under the CCR moniker. Filed in Los Angeles, the suit claims that bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford have been touring and playing the band’s entire back catalog, but have not paid Fogerty in more than three years as required by an agreement signed by all three men in 2001. The suit also claims that Clifford has performed under the CCR name without Cook, despite a provision in their standing agreement that the name only be used when both members are present. The suit did not specify how much money Fogerty is seeking.
Fogerty’s action against his former bandmates follows a suit filed by them against him last year, alleging that the singer was in violation of their standing agreement by performing CCR classics on his ongoing tour. The relationship between Fogerty and the other CCR members has been strained ever since the group broke up in 1972. When the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, Fogerty refused to share the stage with his former bandmates. The band’s fourth founding member was John’s brother, Tom Fogerty, whose widow joined Cook and Clifford in their lawsuit last year.