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John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival Defends Bruce Springsteen's Concert for Valor Performance of 'Fortunate Son'

Buzz 13:13PM EDT

At Tuesday's Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, Bruce Springsteen stirred up plenty of controversy when he performed Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 anti-war classic "Fortunate Son" alongside Dave Grohl and Zac Brown, with many conservative critics saying that the song's message was disrespectful to the veterans that the concert was honoring. In response to the outcry, CCR frontman John Fogerty, writer of "Fortunate Son," has released a statement defending Springsteen's performance. "'Fortunate Son' is a song I wrote during the Vietnam War over 45 years ago," Fogerty said in the statement, via "Rolling Stone." "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. What a great country we have that a song like this can be performed in a setting like Concert for Valor."READ MORE

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen Criticized for Singing Anti-War 'Fortunate Son' at Concert for Valor [WATCH]

Buzz 12:08PM EDT

Bruce Springsteen is finding himself in a bit of trouble this morning following his performance at the Concert for Valor, the free Veteran’s Day concert held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Along with Dave Grohl and Zac Brown, Springsteen performed a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 classic “Fortunate Son,” whose anti-war message rubbed plenty of people the wrong way, with many feeling it was an inappropriate song choice at a concert honoring our nation’s veterans. In an editorial on conservative website "The Weekly Standard," Ethan Epstein wrote that Springsteen, Grohl and Brown's performance of "Fortunate Son" was "tone deaf" and a "terrible choice given that [the song] is, moreover, an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who had volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq." Plenty of viewers also took to Twitter — of course — to voice their outrage, which you can check out below:READ MORE

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Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Willy and the Poor Boys': 10 Songs Ranked for Its 45th anniversary

Buzz 12:24PM EDT

In 1969 alone, Creedence Clearwater Revival released not one or two but three classic albums, the last of which, "Willy and the Poor Boys," was released 45 years ago today, Nov. 2. To celebrate the anniversary of this incredible album, here are its 10 songs ranked from weakest to best.READ MORE

Vampire Weekend

8 Bands Whose Producers Are A Member Of The Band: The Beach Boys, Vampire Weekend, And More

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It's often tough for a band to maintain complete control of their creative vision, especially when they hire a producer from outside the band to help them capture their sound on record. These eight bands, however, remained true to their vision by having a member of the band produce their records.READ MORE

Bruce Springsteen

8 Songs About Working (Or Hating Your Job): Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, And More

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If there's one thing that most rock fans can relate to, it's despising your job (or in some cases, not even having a job). In celebration of Labor Day tomorrow, here are eight songs about how tough and irritating most jobs can be.READ MORE

Aretha Franklin

12 Legends Covering Songs By Other Legends: Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, And More [LISTEN]

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It's pretty common for an up-and-coming artist to cover a song by a legendary artist to get themselves going, but there have been many times where these covers of classic songs have come from other legendary artists. Here are 12 legendary artists who have covered other legendary artists.READ MORE

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8 Albums That End With Cover Songs: R.E.M., CCR, And More

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A cover song within an album's tracklist is usually a fun little detour, but some artists have chosen to end an entire album on these little detours, which makes them feel more significant than they would otherwise. Here are eight albums that close out with cover songs.READ MORE

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5 Alt-Rock Albums With Multiple Cover Songs: Jeff Buckley, Nick Cave, and more

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When an artist performs a cover song, especially alternative or punk artists, it's usually reserved for live shows or as a bonus track for an album, but on rare occasions these cover songs make their way into the album's proper tracklisting. However, even more rare is when an artist includes multiple cover songs on a single album. Here are five alternative rock albums with more than one cover song (excluding cover albums, of course).READ MORE

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6 Great Songs with Just One Chord: Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, and more

Exclusives 17:10PM EDT

Coming up with a decent chord progression is a difficult task for some songwriters. Some take the easy way out and just use tired, clichéd progression that we've heard a thousand times before (I'm looking at you, every artist in this Wikipedia article I found), while others make the odd decision to do away with progressions entirely, playing one chord and nothing else. Here are six great songs written with just one chord.READ MORE

Led Zeppelin's eponymous debut (1969)

7 Artists Who Released Multiple Classic Albums in One Year: Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and more

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It’s rare enough for an artist to release just one classic album over the span of their entire career, but somehow, these seven artists managed to release multiple classic albums over the span of a single year.READ MORE

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6 Bands Who's Final Album Was Its Worst: The Clash, Led Zeppelin and more

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When R.E.M. released its critically panned 2004 album Around the Sun, the band considered breaking up, but realized that they couldn’t end their career on such a failure, which prompted them to release two acclaimed albums before calling it a day in 2012. That was R.E.M., though. Not every band is able to control its legacy so gracefully. Here are six bands that broke up after their weakest albums.READ MORE

Creedence Clearwater Revival

6 Artists Whose Sound Doesn't Match The Place They Came From: Thin Lizzy, CCR, and more

Exclusives 17:09PM EDT

With many artists, there’s absolutely no mystery as to where they hail from. The Beach Boys are quite obviously from Southern California, and Bruce Springsteen has made a career out of being a New Jersey native (at least, he might be). These six artists, however, sound as if they came from one place, but are actually from somewhere else entirely.READ MORE

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