MILESAGO - Performance - Tours by International Acts


Compiled by Alan Harvey

Tour Details

The poster for the concluding Japanese leg of the 1972 Far East tour
(Image courtesy of Electric Bayou)


Creedence Clearwater Revival:
John Fogerty (guitar, vocals)
Stu Cook (bass)
Doug "Cosmo" Clifford (drums)

Country Radio

Dates, Cities, Venues:
8 February 1972 - Auckland, New Zealand - Western Spring Stadium
11 February 1972 - Brisbane - Festival Hall
13 February 1972 - Sydney - Randwick Racecourse
15 February 1972 - Sydney - Randwick Racecourse
16 February 1972 - Melbourne - Festival Hall
17 February 1972 - Melbourne - Festival Hall
18 February 1972 - Adelaide - Apollo Stadium
21 February 1972 - Perth - Subiaco Oval


This was Creedence's last overseas tour, and it concluded with three dates in Japan at the end of February. It was one of only two international tours they made without rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, who had left the band the previous year. They toured Europe in September 1971 and these concerts were recorded and ended up as the rather poor "Live in Europe" album released in 1973. The three-piece Creedence made more short tour of the US in May that year before officially splitting in October.

Support band Sherbet had recently reorganised their lineup, adding bassist Tony Mitchell and keyboard player Garth Porter; the Creedence tour gained them valuable national exposure and was an important step forward in their career.

Western Spring Stadium, Auckland - Concert Review:
"John Fogerty growled out the words with a magnificent, gritty voice --- He played guitar with gusto, thrashing outchords or squeezing single note runs from his fretboard. Creedence played well, but for some reason that electric atmosphere which lifts a concert being an event to remember just wasn't there."
(Mike Stock, The Auckland Star, 1972, quoted in Worldwide CCR Fan Club Magazine #44)

Auckland Concert February 1972 - Story by Rick Lewis


The Arrival
" Last Wednesday night at nine o'clock Creedence Clearwater Revival arrived at Sydney international airport and the buildup was of true star-quality proportion. Although the arrival time had been kept a secret there was an impressive squad of fans waiting."

The Sydney Concert
"I'm a firm believer in good old rock and roll," said Fogerty. "So were the 18,000 fans at their Sydney concert. In a way it was a rougher audience than you usually see at concerts - an ugly part of it was the fact that drink cans were being tossed around with nasty intent. Drummer Doug Clifford had to dodge an apple which came hurtling his way but he kept on playing and smiling, not missing a beat. Stu Cook's bass sounded as good as on the records and so did Fogerty's lead guitar and vocals. The hits started to sound slightly "samey" after a while, but when you're a firm believer, it doesn't really matter."

I was at this concert and funnily enough remember the apple being thrown (it wasn't me!). I agree the audience was restless but no rougher than any other I'd seen. It was a very hot day and it seemed to take a while for Creedence to turn up so I guess the crowd drank a bit more than usual and also started to entertain themselves. Creedence eventually turned up stylishly in limo's which used the racetrack! Creedence were loud and raw with a very full sound despite Tom Fogerty not being in the group. I agree with they sounded the same in each song, BUT it was powerful rock and roll; I was a teenager and loved it! They could have played for longer though. I remember Sherbet and Country Radio as support acts. Both were good with Country Radio particularly impressive. I got the feeling the audience felt Sherbet were a bit poppy for such a concert, but as they say below they did win the audience over. Their new "rocky" new song, "You're All Woman" (written by the late Ted Mulry) was a highlight, as was "Free the People".
- Alan Harvey

The Melbourne Concert
" CCR's Melbourne concert was one of the best the group has ever played. With seats pulled out of the middle section of Festival Hall, people could dance and crowd close to the stage. CCR did a bracket of their old hits and album numbers, and as they started the introduction to numbers, he crowd applauded and tried to get closer to the group than before."

However Go-Set's record reviewer, Ed Nimmervoll wrote in his column, "I found myself leaving the CCR performance after a few songs. Not that it was bad. Their songs in that raw state, one after the other, were just a bit tedious and the band did the same thing for every number. I could have just as well had been at home flicking a cover back and forth pretending the figures moved. $4 for an hour's performance after a few songs by Sherbert seems a bit much for young people expected to pay. The front stage area had been cleared of seats so people could dance. Mostly they just stood and watched."

Sherbet's Recollections (from Go-Set)
" It's a much happier band now. One of the things that helped us was the Creedence tour. A lot should come out of that tour for us. We had to work a bit to win over the Sydney audience but we managed to do it."

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References / Links

Electric Bayou: Creedence Clearwater Revival / John Fogerty Site

Auckland Concert February 1972 - Story by Rick Lewis

Special thanks to Lars Bundesen of the Electric Bayou website.

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