All four of them loved the Creedence Clearwater Revival. In fact, Stu and John met at a John Fogerty concert at the castle in Esslingen, where Stu told John that he and his brother Tom played lots of CCR songs in their basement and asked him to stop by some time and bring his guitar and amp.
That very first time they played Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary, Down on the Corner, Born on the Bayou, Who’ll Stop the Rain and I Heard It Through the Grapevine and were totally happy with the outcome and how well the three of them synched.
The only thing sorely missing was a bass. And that’s when John remembered Doug, an old highschool buddy of his, who’d played several stringed instruments in the past.
It turned out that covering these old numbers was very much up Doug’s alley and that he was only too happy to supply the bass part.
Dolly, Stu and Tom’s mother and a hardcore fan of classic rock, listened to most of their basement sessions and eventually declared that they were ready to be sprung on the world and that the world was ready for them.
She got them their first gig at the Jazzkneipe in nearby Strümpfelbach. A howling success – the place, intended for an audience of 25, was jam-packed with about 88, all of whom totally went with the boys, singing and rocking along and having a tremendously good time. The four had been advertised as the Creedence Clearwater Survival.
But doubt set in among them about the name being too close to the inimitable original. So, during a long hard night of music and beer, and with the help of Three Word Wednesday, they came up with DER – Demise Effort Revival. Everyone of them liked the name, even though later on they were a bit fuzzy about why and how exactly they had come up with it.
Watch out for those boys: John, Tom, Doug and Stu of the Demise Effort Revival.
They may be performing at a bar in your neck of the woods soon, bringing you the best of CCR, playing and acting and looking an awful lot like John, Tom, Doug and Stu used to way back in the late 1960s. Even though their real names are Boris, Giovanni, Wolfgang and Stefan.
– James Steerforth ( © 2010 )
Written round demise, effort, revival from 3WW.