Review and photos: John Fogerty kicks off the Rays' summer concert series at Tropicana Field
On the heels of a late-game rally and win by the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, a majority of the 23,000-plus fans in attendance stayed around to enjoy an installment of the Rays Summer Concert Series, featuring legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty.
The Tropicana Field crew made quick work of transforming the outfield into a festival concert venue, utilizing a mobile stage and cranes to support the sound reinforcement equipment. By 9:30 p.m., everything was in place, including several thousand fans who received special armbands which granted them on-field access for the concert.
Fogerty took the stage donning a Rays uniform shirt and carrying his unique Richardson-Kubicki designed “bat guitar”. As the lights came up and Fogerty struck the first few chords of his hit song Centerfield, the crowd erupted. You could even hear most of the audience singing along with Fogerty.
At the conclusion of the song, Fogerty removed the Rays jersey, explaining that the only way he would ever get into the major leagues was to buy a ticket. At that point, Fogerty looked more like the C.C.R. singer older fans remembered, wearing a flannel shirt and playing a Gibson Les Paul Goldtop guitar. He continued the set with several Creedence Clearwater Revival hits, including Born on the Bayou and Green River. Even the younger fans, most of who were much too young to remember C.C.R., enjoyed the concert.
The Rays Summer Concert Series continues Saturday with a postgame performance trio ZZ Top.
-- Review/photos by Jeff O'Kelley, tbt*