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Creedence Just Keeps On Turnin’

A concert tonight to benefit Sandpoint’s Panida Theater features half the old lineup of Creedence Clearwater Revival in a new outfit called Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Former CCR drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford and bass player Stu Cook admit they’ll never replace the original CCR, but Cook says the group “is as close to the real thing as anybody’s gonna get.”

It is true that Clifford and Cook provided the pulse that propelled the chooglin’ swamp-boogie of CCR. The sound burbled and cooked under the vocals and guitars of the Fogerty brothers like a jambalaya at a medium simmer.

To replace John Fogerty’s lead guitar, Cook and Clifford recruited Elliott Easton, former guitarist with the new wave rock band the Cars. More daunting, they hired a no-name vocalist, John Tristao, to handle the vocal chores.

Clifford and Cook decided to fill out the band’s sound with a keyboard player and rhythm guitarist: Steve Gunner will handle both chores.

Bay Area favorites the Garcia Brothers will open. General admission tickets are $25 at G&B; Select-A-Seat outlets and at BJ’s Games and Books in Sandpoint.

xxxx Creedence Clearwater Revisited Bonner County Fairgrounds, Sandpoint, today, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25