Chad & John

  • Just saw the LIVE DVD of JOHN FOGERTY from 2005 which literally blew me away. I´ve always been a fan of John Fogerty but to see this guy running around like a weazel, singing like 1970 and playing like a dream and realising its actually amazing!

    Maybe not all of you know that CHAD SMITH guested as drummer on the 1997 album BLUE MOON SWAMP of John Forgerty doing the superb song WALKING IN A HURRICANE.
    Great stuff, great musician!

    Would be interesting to know if Glenn ever had contact to Fogerty in any way. Speaking for myself, I could imagine very well that Glenn and Fogerty doing something together. Would be highly interesting.

    cheers, Achim

  • Hi,

    Yes, Chad certainly has great taste - I believe he also played with the late, great, Mr Johnny CASH. Perhaps 'Soulmover' could enlighten us as what it was like playing with such legendary figures. I am also pleased this trend is still continuing.........

    Stay Fun(ky)

    Mikey D

  • classic!

    That "because" in "I put a spell on you, because you're mine"
    is still one of the best vocal moments in Rock History :bow:

    Just like Steve Winwood's "Keep On Hiding", the second line in "Keep On Running" :bow:
    I love those moments.

    I also like Fogerty's Premonition Live Album :thumbup:and I remember buying Blue Moon Swamp, when it came out (bought it not for the artwork, which is a piece of .... ). I just checked the CD shelf, but it's not there anymore???! :huh:




  • Since he is a little busy these days, I will give you what he has said in the past...

    about John Fogerty...(Modern Drummer 1994)
    "I wouldn't call myself a 'session man'. I just get lucky through friends or friends of friends. Ross Garfield, the Drum Doctor, turned me onto a John Fogerty thing. John had asked Ross for suggestion on drummers, so ther's Josh Freese, myself, Nick Menza from Megadeth, Curt Bisquera, Eddie Bayers, Steve Jordan. Some of the last stuff Jeff Porcaro did is on there.

    The way John works is very interesting. It was just me, him and a bass player. We played a pretty straight-ahead rock tune like two or three times, and it sounded good. He's like, "Sounds great. Maybe just try this in the chorus", a couple other suggestions. So we went back in and did that. "Cool man, sounds great, let's break for lunch." I figure, great, we got it, no we're gonna move on to another tune, maybe a swampier CCR thing. But after lunch, it's "Okay, we're gonna do it again." "Uh...okay." So we did it again..and again...and again...and again--like twenty times. And I'm going, "What the hell, man?" I'm used to three of four times--if you do't get it you move on to another song.
    So we came back the next day and played it twelve more times. He was still saying, "Yeah, sounds good, man. I really like what you're doing. Let's do one more." I asked him, "Is this the way you did it back in the CCR days?" and he said, "No, we'd do it a couple of times and that was it." And I'm like, "Yeah, that seems to be the way to do it!" But he said, "Yeah, but we were a band then, and this isn't a band. If we had rehearsed for months before, then it might have been a different story." Then I came back on the third day, and we played it five more times. I think he was finally pleased with it because we went home early. I saw the engineer a few days later and asked him, "What did you do yesterday?" "We edited drum tracks." "Oh, cool." "Yeah, seventy edits." "Seventeen edits?" "No, seventy!"

    "I just had to really zen down. I said to myself, "Okay, this is the first time I've played this." It's a long process, but he's trying to get that really special feel for the performance, and that's cool. In the end he was happy; he was a really nice guy and I was very honored to do it. Ross told me I'm on the record, so I'm pleased."

    about Johnny Cash (Rhythm 2004)
    "My dad was a big fan of country music and was always playing it around the house when I was a kid. At the time I didn't like it--why would I? It was my parents' music! Anyway, Rick happened to be working with Johnny Cash, one of my dad's favourite artists, and had this idea for Flea and I to play on some of the songs. WHen Rick called to see if I'd be interested, I almost dropped the phone. Johnny Cash? Are you serious? Awesome! My older brother, Brad, who plays guitar, happened to be in town at that time so I rang and left a message for him to meet me at the studio. I hadn't told him what I was doing there and when he walked in, he found me talking to Johnny Cash. He almost fell over! Johnny was the nicest guy and playing with him was very special. The music world lost another legend when he died last year."

    About Glenn and in general (Modern Drummer 2006)
    "Growing up, I would never in a million years think I'd be making records with Glenn Hughes or doing drumming events with people like Bad Company's Simon Kirke and Ian Paice, and having them say, 'I really like the way you play.' That's amazing to me. The cool thing is, the young people who enjoy what I do and come out to see me might not normally be exposed to players like them. I think it's important that they learn the lineage. I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing if it wasn't for this guy or that guy, and there's millions of them that I'd be able to say that about. And from a purely selfish standpoint, it's an excuse to hang out with my heroes and ask them what it was like being on the Starship jet or whatever, or to hang out with Jim Keltner and just soak it up. I LOVE that stuff."

  • Hi,

    thanks Theresa for the great info of which I had not read before.

    Chad himself has now certainly become part of 'Rock Royalty' also.

    Stay Fun(ky)

    Mikey D

  • Indeed. Thanks Theresa for the good article. Great read. But I think it must have been 2004 and not 1994, since the Fogerty album on which Chad finally appeared came out in 1997. But maybe you´re right, since Fogerty worked over 4 years on this record ....and regarding the recording process which Chad takes no wonder why it took 4 years ...:D

    Thanks alot,

  • Yup would be Fogerty was working on that record before Jeff Pocaro died. Jeff isn't on that album at all which is a shame. Ross Garfield is the brother of LA keyboard great David Garfield, who Glenn has played with a few times.


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