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Fogerty Defends Springsteen, Grohl And Brown's Choice To Perform 'Fortunate Son'


Bruce, Dave and Zac, the fortunate sons

On Tuesday night, I was watching the whole thing a bit distracted, the Concert For Valor, or a concert to honor the army, the veterans, with some usual suspects, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl (who once again thinks he is Washington D. C. ‘s personal hero) the Black Keys, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson…. And some less expected acts like Metallica and Eminem showing up during Rihanna’s set…

The giant concert drawn about 800,000 people, many celebrities paid tributes to the veterans, and there were a lot of stripped down versions of songs, as if playing acoustic is now the most respectful thing you can do to honor someone, fortunately, Metallica didn’t get the message…. Why would Springsteen ever think that veterans would appreciate this dull version of ‘Dancing in the Dark’ instead of his dynamic usual version? I am not sure but there were a few inappropriate faux-pas, and I am not talking about Eminem’s repetitive f-bombs and his ‘Happy motherfucking Veterans Day’… who does he think he is…. Dave Grohl?

No I am talking about Springsteen joined on stage by BBQ country singer Zac Brown and his new best friend Dave Grohl (again) to sing John Fogerty’s Creedence Clearwater Revival hit ‘Fortunate Son’… it’s a war protest tune written in 1969 against a different war, but still, people did raise some eyebrows at the controversial choice, and Twitter was not really happy..

However, Fogerty himself responded to the backlash by issuing this statement:

‘Fortunate Son” is a song I wrote during the Vietnam War over forty-five years ago. As an American and a songwriter I am proud that the song still has resonance. I do believe that its meaning gets misinterpreted and even usurped by various factions wishing to make their own case. At its core I believe the issue is really about what a great country we have that a song like this can be performed in a setting like Concert for Valor.’

‘Years ago, an ultra-conservative administration tried to paint anyone who questioned its policies as ‘un-American’. That same administration shamefully ignored and mistreated the soldiers returning from Vietnam.’

‘As a man who was drafted and served his country during those times, I have ultimate respect for the men and women who protect us today and demand that they receive the respect that they deserve.’

Yeah, I get what he means, it’s pro-soldier, still anti-war, but we live in a great country because, despite the solemnity of the event, they still could perform a song that heavily criticizes the US politics of never-ending wars and social and income inequality… After all, Sprinsgteen also performed its own anti-war song ‘Born in the USA’, but it doesn’t really matter because this song has always been misunderstood for a very patriotic one! But do you know what I wanted since we had Grohl on hand? A good old version of ‘War Pigs’ (he did the song on Letterman a month ago) and we would have had a real controversy!

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