Both began their careers in music in the late 1960s as front men for their respective bands. The distinctively raspy-voiced Stewart sang for the Jeff Beck Group before joining up with the then-Small Faces, along with guitarist Ron Wood, and before shortening the group's name to the Faces. Eschewing the R&B direction of the SFs, the Faces churned out sloppy (in the best way), dangerous rock music obviously influenced by the Stones (whom Wood would later join).
As the creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty wrote dozens of timeless songs in a mere three- or four-year period, from the earthy swamp-rock of "Proud Mary," "Born on the Bayou" and "Green River" to the dazzlingly melodic "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?," "Who'll Stop the Rain" and "Lodi," even delving occasionally into the effectively political (the seething "Fortunate Son").
Stewart began his solo career while the Faces were still solvent, but Fogerty waited until CCR were dead and buried before going it alone. Stewart's early solo material was folky, but it could still rock when it needed to; this is the era that produced classics like "Gasoline Alley," "Mandolin Wind" and the ubiquitous "Maggie May." But in the mid-'70s, Stewart ventured into slicker pop territory, leaving behind any trace of the grit previously demonstrated and churning out shlocky pop pap like "Tonight's the Night" (which contains the ever-so-subtle come-on, "Spread your wings and let me come inside") and "Hot Legs," as well as the disco-fied "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Just when it looked like things couldn't get any worse, the '80s brought with them "Forever Young," "Infatuation" and "Some Guys Have All the Luck."
Fogerty, meanwhile, released a trio of albums in the '70s before taking a nine-year hiatus. He reemerged in 1985 with the commercially successful and critically lauded album Centerfield, which put him back in the spotlight and spawned one of the most bizarre legal battles in modern music when he was sued by Fantasy Records, Creedence's label, for plagiarizing himself. (Fantasy contended that "The Old Man Down the Road" sounded too much like "Run Through the Jungle"; Fogerty won the case.) After a rare misstep with 1986's Eye of the Zombie, Fogerty again went on hiatus for more than a decade before releasing Blue Moon Swamp in 1997. Musical faculties and integrity fully intact, he's set to release a new studio album later this year.
After seeing continually diminished returns on his increasingly adult-oriented fare in the '90s, Stewart conceded his modern relevancy by releasing two volumes of The Great American Songbook, which included his interpretations of standards by the likes of Gershwin, Porter and Carmichael, in 2002 and 2003. You wore it well while you still had it, Rod.
Rod Stewart performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Advance tickets are Boomer-priced at $95.25 and $55.25, and are available at the TCC box office, all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com or by phone at 321-1000. For more information, call 791-4101.
John Fogerty performs Monday, Aug. 2, at the TCC Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers open at 7 p.m. Advance tix are available for $46, $41 and $36 at the TCC box office, all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com or by phone at 321-1000. For further details, call 791-4101.
Take it sleazy and catch The Starvations when they hit the stage of Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Friday, July 30. The Knockout Pills and A Car Full of Bosnians open at 9 p.m., and the whole messy shebang runs you a mere fiver--as long as you're of legal drinking age. Questions? Ring 'em up at 622-8848.
I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness perform at Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E. Toole Ave., Sunday, Aug. 1. The Red Switch open at 9 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $6. For more information, call 884-0874.
The result is her recently released self-titled album on Sin City Records, a decidedly hushed little sleeper of a record that demonstrates her eye for lyrical detail. There's a rootsy tinge to these songs, but one would be tempted to call it Americana before alt-country, even though the labels are often interchangeable. The musical backing is of the moody, late night variety, while the lyrics are snapshots of American life--character studies with tremendous vividness. "Sally Tomato" recounts a girl falling for a guy who plays both poker and women, even though she knows better, while the narrator of "Boyfriend" is dealing with a fixer-upper of a significant other, making excuses for him along the way ("I take away the glass whenever he drinks too much / Then make light and laugh and go from a crush to crushed / Apologize to all our friends / For things he said but never meant / He's a coup de grace, he's a flexible straw / He's my boyfriend").
Perhaps due to the album's lyrical strength, the songs aren't the type to snare you in on first listen; the hooks are subtle, if they're there at all. But keep listening, and the stories in the songs become a framework of their own, one that will eventually draw you in.
Kristin Mooney performs Thursday, July 29, in the lounge at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. The show begins with an opening set from the Nick Luca Trio at 9:45 p.m. Mooney will be joined by Convertino, Heywood and Luca for her set. Admission is free. Call 798-1298 for further details.
The duo largely forsakes the m.o. of their punk and emo tourmates for a decidedly unabashed pop bent that resembles a merger of MOR '80s combo The Hooters (or is it The Outfield?) and the melodic smarts of Ben Folds. In other words, if it's hooks you're looking for, you came to the right place. As for those aforementioned promotional dollars ... if they're spent in the right places, The Format could be huge by this time next year.
The Format perform, along with openers Steel Train, Phoenix's Reubens Accomplice and Maxeen, at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., Friday, July 30. For more information, call 629-9211.
It all goes down at Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E. Toole Ave., Wednesday, Aug. 4. The show is all-ages and admission is $6. Call 884-0874 for bonus details.