Like many forces of nature, John Fogerty only emerges once in a blue moon, and leaves an impression on everything he touches. Fogerty’s first Gotham perf in several years also benefited from the octane boost left over from his stint on the “Vote for Change” tour.
Even on the cusp of 60, Fogerty retains the same blue-collar feistiness that made him such a unique presence during his years fronting Creedence Clearwater Revival. He didn’t skimp on material from those days over the course of this 90-minute set, but neither did he shunt aside tracks from his latest Geffen album “Deja vu all Over Again.”
The title track from that collection was one of the more introspective interludes in a perf that choogled along with an improbable vigor. Paired as it was with the similarly themed “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” it illuminated Fogerty’s flair for stating a case without acting as a lecturer.
Ballads, however, were not the focus Sunday night. Fogerty stalked the stage with a mixture of eagerness to please and innate ferocity, exhorting his bandmates to keep up the pace — a trick they pulled off readily on sturdy, shimmying versions of “Green River” and “Travelin’ Band.”
The only downside to the show was Fogerty’s reluctance to let his songs breathe a little: “Run Through the Jungle” slid along the banks of an imagined swamp with a fair amount of eeriness, but if the band had deviated a little more from the recorded version, the depths of that swamp might’ve revealed some even more fearsome stuff.
Fogerty performs Nov. 26 at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles.