Fogerty vs. Willie

IN THE FLESH

John Fogerty with Willie Nelson

Aug. 18, 2006

DTE Energy Music Theatre

It was a nostalgia trip for both of them, but as it turned out, Willie Nelson handled it better than John Fogerty. Opening the evening with a headline-worthy set, Nelson indulged with a gentle retelling of “Always on My Mind,” brought feet to tapping with a few Nashville two-step chestnuts, and even rolled out two new songs, just to prove that, at 73, he’s still got a few tricks up his sleeve. “You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore” was the better of the two, a wry heartbreaker about a relationship grown long in the tooth. It was cool to watch Nelson earn his legendary status one wink, joke, and melody at a time, and without ever seeming to work harder than necessary. His set unfolded at a gentle, front porch pace, but had a grizzled charm that gave weight to what could have easily been a nostalgic sleepwalk.

While he wasn’t sleepwalking, and in fact tore off a few guitar solos that were pretty crazed, John Fogerty presented what amounted to a highlight reel. Hamstrung by a boring backing band that hit every note with precision and zero soul, and taking the stage only after a taped intro played snippets of nearly every CCR hit, Fogerty’s set was sanitized classic rock, about three steps from a PBS special. Where Nelson was wizened but sly, and could probably start a club tour in a rusty old RV tomorrow if he wanted to, Fogerty was coasting on fumes of memory.

JTL

Scroll to read more Music News articles
Join the Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Detroit Metro Times Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.