Legendary Creedence Clearwater Revisited drummer Doug ‘Cosmo’ Clifford has arrived in Queenstown with a message for quake-stricken Christchurch residents.
“We want to send all our love and prayers to the people of Christchurch and wish them a speedy recovery,” he tells Mountain Scene.
Clifford says he can identify with quake victims because he grew up in quake-prone San Francisco Bay, where CCR started.
He and his band are in Queenstown for a one-off New Zealand gig on Saturday at Gibbston Valley Station in front of an expected 15,000 fans.
Clifford, a fit-looking 65-year-old, is looking forward to trying some wines at Gibbston – he has a 12,000-bottle cellar at his main house in Sierra Nevada.
Though he’s currently based in his Arizona desert house, to escape the snow, he says he lived for 18-and-a-half years at Lake Tahoe, which reminds him of Queenstown.
CCR was last in town in 2003, attracting a record crowd of 16,000 to Millbrook Resort.
Clifford says CCR’s last performance was 10 days ago on the east coast of the US.
“We’re in weekend time at the moment,” he says.
Even in summer, he doesn’t want to be on the road for three weeks at a stretch, he says.
“It keeps things fresh,” he adds.
Family is very important to him – Clifford celebrates his 43rd wedding anniversary next month.