Credit: Miriam SantosSince the breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1972, John Fogerty has had a contentious and often litigious relationship with his former band mates. Even during the past year, the 70-year-old singer/guitarist and his two fellow surviving CCR members — bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug “Cosmo Clifford — countersued each other over the use of the band’s name.

Despite the bad blood, Fogerty tells ABC Radio that he won’t completely rule out the possibility of reuniting with Cook and Clifford, although he admits it’s extremely unlikely that will ever happen.

“As we sit here, I can’t see any situation or occurrence why there would be a reunion of Creedence. You know, I can’t envision what that would be,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer points out. “[B]ut since I am in a happy place, at least I have an open mind. I wouldn’t automatically say that that could never be.”

As Fogerty discusses at length in his new memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, he was angry for many years with the other CCR members for a variety of reasons, including conflicts tied to their dealings with Saul Zaentz, owner of the band’s label, Fantasy Records. He also wasn’t happy that Cook and Clifford formed a new band called Creedence Clearwater Revisited, which continues to tour while playing songs John wrote.

However, Fogerty says that his nurturing relationship with his second wife, Julie, whom he married in 1991, helped him develop a much more positive outlook on life. Because of that change in attitude, he maintains, “Rather or other than the guy I was years ago, who would just be so adamant and immediately say, ‘No!…not until hell freezes over,’ or some other choice phrase, I’m very calm about almost everything in this world and in my life now, so that I don’t react negatively.”

He adds, “I certainly don’t have to be actively shooting bombshells over in the direction of my former band mates. I have a lot better things to be doing nowadays. But again…looking at things with a sense of experience and wisdom, I can’t picture what that occurrence would be [where we would reunite].”

John admits that his path to contentment was gradual, and the realization that his outlook on life had changed sneaked up on him.

“At some point I suddenly kind of looked around and realized I hadn’t been worrying about all that junk from the past for, at that point in my life, for a while,” he explains to ABC Radio. “And it was kind of surprising, because…the negative stuff had lived with me for so long, kind of like a shadow or something that was always there. And one day I realized it wasn’t there, and I sure was happy about that.”

Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music landed in the top 15 of The New York Times Best Sellers list for hardcover nonfiction books. It’s available at bookstores across the U.S., as well as via a variety on online retailers.

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