Vanguard Records; Jeff DowOriginal Creedence Clearwater Revival band members Stu Cook and Doug Clifford are firing back at statements made by John Fogerty regarding their recent lawsuit against him regarding usage of the band’s name.

Cook and Clifford take objection to Fogerty’s assertion that the band was trying to stop him from performing CCR songs, a claim they said was false. The lawsuit, they maintain, is over the usage of the band’s name and the confusion it would cause fans coming to the shows.

“Because of recent inaccurate statements in the media regarding pending litigation, we want to set the record straight,” reads a statement from Cook and Clifford. “We have never objected to John Fogerty performing any song he ever wrote, or performing any song recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival. That idea is ridiculous. Even when he refused to play those songs, and publicly called for a boycott of CCR music, we encouraged him to perform them whenever and wherever he wanted.”

Cook and Clifford, who perform under the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and the widow of late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, initiated a suit in Nevada earlier this month claiming that John is in breach of contract with regard to a settlement the band members reached in 2001 and also charging him with trademark violations. The original band members pay Fogerty a fee to use “Creedence Clearwater” as part of the newer band name.

Fogerty shot back an angry retort, saying that “No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs. I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road. Rockin’ all over the world!”

Cook and Clifford said John’s interpretation of the lawsuit was ludicrous.

“The facts are that Mr. Fogerty, while proclaiming joyful rebirth in the press, repeatedly has his lawyers threaten us with lawsuits and demand unreasonable concessions of our rights,” they wrote. “Last week, the threats and demands left us with little doubt that a lawsuit would be filed by him against us for the second time. This unfortunate situation required us to take unpleasant preemptive legal action.”

Continuing, the bassist and drummer said the legal action “is about the need to defend ourselves and rights, Mr. Fogerty’s failure to perform contractual promises and unlicensed uses of the trademark ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival.’ The trademark is not owned by him, but by the Creedence Clearwater Revival Partnership.”

They concluded: “We have a business relationship with him and, under prevailing circumstances, chose not to be bullied.”

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