One of the highlights of last week’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony came early in the night, as Randy Newman was joined by Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and John Fogerty for a rocking run through his hit “I Love L.A.”

While Fogerty has been leading his own touring band for decades, in the past few months, he’s gotten used to performing with other artists. His upcoming album, Wrote A Song For Everyone, sees him recasting some of his biggest hits as collaborations with artists ranging from Jennifer Hudson to My Morning Jacket. More recently, he’s done a handful of shows as part of Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players, while Grohl’s Foo Fighters appear on Fogerty’s new album. Fogerty reunited with Grohl and Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins during the Rock Hall’s finale, where the all-star group covered “Crossroads.” spoke to Fogerty before he performed with Newman at the induction ceremony, and talked about playing with Grohl and the Foos.

“It was just a joy to plug into their energy,” he said, noting that it was also fun to be along for the ride, and not necessarily the one calling the shots, as is the case on his own tours. “Not having to be responsible for every note, and everything that’s going on at the show, and let go of that, and just be part of the energy of the shows [was great].”


— Brian Ives,


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