Ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival Members Sue John Fogerty
Guess there won't be any Christmas cards exchanged this year between John Fogerty and his former bandmates in Creedence Clearwater Revivial.
Doug Clifford, Stu Cook and the late Tom Fogerty's widow have filed a lawsuit in Nevada claiming John Fogerty is in breach of a 2001 agreement concerning usage of the band's name. They're also charging Fogerty with trademark violations.
The latest argument stems from interviews that Fogerty has been given about Creedence Clearwater Revisited which Clifford and Cook have maintained in Fogerty's absence. The pair are allowed to appear under the updated name, however Fogerty has recently said "using the name is sort of a sacrilege." He later expanded on those comments saying "when the band broke up, I never had any problem not trying to abscond with the name Creedence as a solo artist." Ouch!
Fogerty has also been at work promoting a tour focusing on CCR's 1969-era albums and Clifford and Cook - who have said they won't consider talk of a reunion - consider Fogerty's usage unauthorized.
The bad blood runs deep. Fogerty sued to stop Creedence Clearwater Revisited from touring in 1996. He refused to perform with the band when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and now is threatening other legal actions over reported unpaid royalties from concerts the past few years.
Looks like any hopes of a reunion are completely dashed in what Cook admitted as "one of the longest ongoing stupid feuds."