Watch previously unseen footage of Bruce Springsteen performing an intimate concert at John Fogerty’s birthday party, 1995
Bruce Springsteen can sell out any stadium in the world ten times over and, across the last number of decades, has established himself as one of the greatest entertainer’s of all time. As we’re all frantically searching for new entertainment during our time in self-isolation, we’ve been searching through the Far Out archives to revisit this previously unseen footage of The Boss playing an intimate show for John Fogerty’s birthday in 1995.
John Fogerty, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival, has been close friends with Springsteen for years. With a great deal of admiration for each other’s talents, he duo have often shared the stage in collaboration and, most famously, Fogerty gave The Boss a helping hand during his famous performance at the at Madison Square Garden in 2009 for a rousing rendition of ‘Pretty Woman’.
Fogerty also came to Springsteen’s defence in 2014 when the musician came underfire for singing the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic ‘Fortunate Son’ at the Concert for Valor. At the time, a number of viewers complained that song was an inappropriate choice for the event honouring the nation’s military veterans. However, Fogerty an army veteran himself, leapt to Bruce’s defence, stating: “As an American and a songwriter I am proud that the song still has resonance. I do believe that its meaning gets misinterpreted and even usurped by various factions wishing to make their own case. At its core, I believe the issue is really about what a great country we have that a song like this can be performed in a setting like a Concert for Valor.”
He then added: “Years ago, an ultra-conservative administration tried to paint anyone who questioned its policies as ‘un-American. That same administration shamefully ignored and mistreated the soldiers returning from Vietnam. As a man who was drafted and served his country during those times, I have the ultimate respect for the men and women who protect us today and demand that they receive the respect that they deserve.”
The duo’s relationship has remained strong throughout their careers and this heartwarming footage of the two performing together at a small gathering to celebrate Fogerty’s 50th which is, admittedly, somewhat of a surreal watch. What makes the 15-minute clip even stranger, it has to be said, is the source. Actor John Stamos rediscovering the film while he’s been rooting through his old belongings as a means of passing time while self-isolating and, of course, felt compelled to share the gift with the world.
Stamos shared the footage on his Facebook page, with the caption: “This happened 25 years ago (no Stamos, it wasn’t a dream) It was John Fogerty ‘s intimate 50th surprise birthday party. Now, I promised super cool Julie Fogerty that I would never let this private home-spun video out of my hands. (Posting wasn’t even close to being a thing yet) But sitting around during this time, scanning through old videos, I figured it would be extremely special for people to see these two SUPERNOVA’S, two of music’s biggest and most legendary icons sing and play together. (In John’s living room, no less) So I asked Julie if it was okay to post a bit… she said, ‘Sure, and when this whole thing is over, let’s have a barbecue.’ I fucking love John and Julie Fogerty so much! Thank you for this unforgettable, once in a lifetime, unimaginable, most incredible musical moment of my life!”
Perhaps, the most intriguing part of the video is the previously unheard ‘I’m Your Detail, Man’ which Stamos lists in the setlist which isn’t a known Springsteen track and could it be a lost song that never saw the light of day, until now? The setlist also includes tracks such as ‘In the Midnight Hour’, ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘Green River’.
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