Band brings spirit of Creedence to stage

Prepare for a Bad Moon Rising this Friday night in the Cowichan Valley.

Prepare for a Bad Moon Rising this Friday night in the Cowichan Valley.

Vancouver Island Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band Completely Creedence will be rocking through a setlist of CCR’s biggest hits April 8 at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, building on their growing worldwide momentum.

“The fact that Creedence Clearwater Revival achieved worldwide fame in just three short years, while never having a number one hit in the U.S. is testament to the band’s working class populism,” said Completely Creedence singer Jamie Robertson.

“The music is raw, high-energy and just gets inside of you. I like to think we bring that same energy and emotion to our shows.”

Robertson, guitarist Richard Spencer, bassist George Milutinovic and drummer Rod Campbell, have been playing together for more than a decade, wowing audiences with their take on CCR’s much-loved tunes.

“Spencer leads the way with his powerful chords and natural stage presence; at times he employs acrobatics that would have made Tom Fogerty himself blush with envy,” reads a press release from the band.

CCR fan Chris Baikie said Completely Creedence gets the energy right and then some.

“If you’re expecting a perfect facsimile of a 1970s CCR concert, prepare to be pleasantly disappointed,” he said. “These boys have been together too long and are too good of showmen to just stand at the microphone and play. They pour a ton of energy into their show.”

Although Milutinovic could pass for original CCR bassist Stu Cook, Completely Creedence aren’t lookalikes of CCR. However through their music and show they find creative and compelling ways to take the audience back to the carefree halcyon days of rock ‘n’ roll, adding their own genuine moments and interpretations along the way.

“Robertson’s chilling performance of ‘Someday Never Comes’, for example, transcends the vocal range of John Fogerty yet still summons the living legend’s spirit to resonate throughout the venue,” reads the band’s press release.

Completely Creedence heads to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre April 8 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are available at www.cowichanpac.ca or by calling 250-748-7529. For more on Completely Creedence, visit www.facebook.com/completelycreedence.

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