Blasts from the past

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Two familiar acts to headline summer concert series

By Marty Finley



ELIZABETHTOWN – Keeping with the recent trend, city officials plan to bring two classic rock acts to Elizabethtown this summer that evoke images of an era when bellbottoms and long hair were prevalent.

Councilman Kenny Lewis announced on Monday during the city council’s voting meeting that Creedence Clearwater Revisited will headline the summer concert series on Aug. 15 at Freeman Lake Park with Foghat opening.

Lewis said the city did not have a definitive date for ticket sales to begin, but planned to keep prices at the same rate as last year’s concert featuring REO Speedwagon when more than 5,000 came out to see the band. Last year’s advance tickets were $25 and $30 at the gate.

While the name is familiar, the CCR headlining this year is not the one known for songs such as “Bad Moon Rising” and “Proud Mary,” Lewis said. It does, however, feature two of the original members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford, who started the project in 1995 to play the original band’s hits. Though the band started with small intentions, it now plays upward of 100 shows a year and has released an album, according to the band’s official Web site.

“It’s not a tribute band or anything,” Lewis said.

British rock band Foghat, meanwhile, is known best for their hit song “Slow Ride,” a tune featured prominently over the decades in pop culture, including the film “Dazed and Confused.”

The city originally approached the classic rock group Foreigner, Lewis said. Foreigner was interested in playing here, but several dates popped up in Europe and the band declined.

Nevertheless, Lewis said he feels this particular lineup is the best yet, as he wanted to “step it up” this year and get two classic rock acts with popularity in a similar time frame.

“I think we’re gonna outdo ourselves this year,” he said.

A cost estimate for the concert was not available as of Monday evening. Lewis said the city still has to hammer out the details of travel and accommodations. He said the city would spread the word quickly to residents as ticket information became available.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762