John Fogerty and ZZ Top: match made in rock heaven


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What: ZZ Top and John Fogerty

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Covelli Centre

Tickets: $52.50, $62.50,$72.50, $82.50 and $128.50 (applicable fees may apply)

By GUY D’ASTOLFO

dastolfo@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Come to think of it, there is a lot of overlap between bluesy rock legends John Fogerty and ZZ Top.

Fogerty, the frontman and visionary of Creedence Clearwater Revival, brought the backwoods bounce, while ZZ Top rode a wave of Texas boogie.

But they meet in the middle over swampy, steamy tunes such as CCR’s “Down on the Corner” and ZZ Top’s “Tube Snake Boogie.”

The two icons are teaming up for the co-headlining Blues and Bayous Tour that comes to Covelli Centre on Tuesday.

Bringing the acts together was a natural. The tour might have raised eyebrows when it was announced, but only in a “should’ve happened years ago” way.

Between Fogerty and ZZ Top, there are enough hits to fill a bayou.

The two acts are taking turns each night as to who goes on first. At Covelli Centre, ZZ Top will take the stage before Fogerty.

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Fogerty traded licks in a promo reel they put together for the tour. It was a reminder – as if one was needed – of how many classic opening riffs these two acts have created.

Fogerty and Gibbons also teamed up for a new single, “The Holy Grail,” which they’ve been playing together on the tour. The song, released last week, is a musical wink at ZZ Top’s iconic “La Grange” but with lyrics that are more above the waistline.

Not surprisingly, the two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have long been fans of each other.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Fogerty said the idea for a co-headlining tour had been germinating for years.

“I’ve been wanting to kind of hook up with Billy or ZZ for a long time,” Fogerty told the magazine. “I ran into him down somewhere, and I was playing, and Billy was playing the next night. I had him come into my show and we did ‘Sharp Dressed Man.’ It was a lot of fun. He sent me a couple of emails. I think he even gave me a CD or two that he labelled ‘Big Ol’ Blues.’ There was a whole bunch of great old songs on there. We’ve been trying for a while, and it finally has fallen into place, which I’m delighted about.”

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