Creedence clearwater revival - TRAVELIN' BAND

First performance: 31/07/1984


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 91 times (Detroit Medley included) 
 
The song was also included in the Detroit Medley, a medley of various songs - including in this medley, depending on the period:  
Back in the U.S.A., CC Rider, Devil with the blue dress, Good Golly Miss Molly, High School Confidential, I got you (I feel good),I'm ready, Jenny take a ride, Kansas City, Land of 1000 Dances, Mystery train, Shake, Sock it to me baby, Sweet Soul Music, Tallahassee Lassie, Travelin' Band, Uptight. 
 
  •  Born In The USA Tour
Bruce included the song in his "Detroit Medley" during numerous occasions during the Born In The USA Tour.
 
1984-07-31 - JOE LOUIS ARENA, DETROIT, MI
1984-08-05 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1984-08-12 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1984-08-16 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1984-08-17 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1984-08-19 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1984-08-20 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
1984-08-26 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1984-08-28 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1984-08-29 - CAPITAL CENTRE, LARGO, MD
1984-09-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (John Eddie)
1984-09-05 - CENTRUM IN WORCESTER, WORCESTER, MA
1984-09-07 - HARTFORD CIVIC CENTER, HARTFORD, CT
1984-09-08 - HARTFORD CIVIC CENTER, HARTFORD, CT
1984-09-11 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1984-09-12 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1984-09-14 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1984-09-15 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1984-09-17 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1984-09-18 - SPECTRUM, PHILADELPHIA, PA
1984-09-21 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
1984-09-22 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
1984-09-24 - BUFFALO MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, BUFFALO, NY
1984-09-25 - BUFFALO MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, BUFFALO, NY
1984-10-15 - PACIFIC COLISEUM, VANCOUVER, BC
1984-10-17 - TACOMA DOME, TACOMA, WA
1984-10-19 - TACOMA DOME, TACOMA, WA
1984-10-21 - OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM ARENA, OAKLAND, CA
1984-10-22 - OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM ARENA, OAKLAND, CA
1984-10-25 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-10-26 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-10-28 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-10-29 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-10-31 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-11-02 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-11-04 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LOS ANGELES, CA
1984-11-08 - ASU ACTIVITY CENTER, ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, TEMPE, AZ
1984-11-11 - McNICHOLS SPORTS ARENA, DENVER, CO
1984-11-15 - ST LOUIS ARENA, ST LOUIS, MO
1984-11-16 - HILTON COLISEUM, IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY, AMES, IA
1984-11-18 - BOB DEVANEY SPORTS CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN, NE
1984-11-19 - KEMPER ARENA, KANSAS CITY, MO
1984-11-23 - FRANK ERWIN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX
1984-11-25 - REUNION ARENA, DALLAS, TX
1984-11-26 - REUNION ARENA, DALLAS, TX
1984-11-29 - THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX
1984-11-30 - THE SUMMIT, HOUSTON, TX
1984-12-02 - LSU ASSEMBLY CENTER, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, BATON ROUGE, LA
1984-12-06 - BIRMINGHAM-JEFFERSON CIVIC CENTER ARENA, BIRMINGHAM, AL
1984-12-07 - LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER, TALLAHASSEE, FL
1984-12-09 - MURPHY CENTER, MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY, MURFREESBORO, TN
1984-12-11 - RUPP ARENA, LEXINGTON, KY
1984-12-13 - MID-SOUTH COLISEUM, MEMPHIS, TN
1984-12-14 - MID-SOUTH COLISEUM, MEMPHIS, TN
1984-12-16 - THE OMNI, ATLANTA, GA
1984-12-17 - THE OMNI, ATLANTA, GA
1985-01-04 - HAMPTON ROADS COLISEUM, HAMPTON, VA
1985-01-05 - HAMPTON ROADS COLISEUM, HAMPTON, VA
1985-01-07 - MARKET SQUARE ARENA, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
1985-01-10 - FREEDOM HALL, LOUISVILLE, KY
1985-01-13 - CAROLINA COLISEUM, COLUMBIA, SC
1985-01-15 - CHARLOTTE COLISEUM, CHARLOTTE, NC
1985-01-16 - CHARLOTTE COLISEUM, CHARLOTTE, NC
1985-01-18 - GREENSBORO COLISEUM, GREENSBORO, NC
1985-01-19 - GREENSBORO COLISEUM, GREENSBORO, NC
1985-01-23 - PROVIDENCE CIVIC CENTER, PROVIDENCE, RI
1985-03-21 - SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
1985-03-27 - SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
1985-04-22 - OSAKA-JO (CASTLE) HALL, OSAKA, JAPAN
1985-09-04 - PONTIAC SILVERDOME, PONTIAC, MI
1985-09-13 - COTTON BOWL, DALLAS, TX
1985-09-14 - COTTON BOWL, DALLAS, TX
1985-09-18 - OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM, OAKLAND, CA
1985-09-23 - MILE HIGH STADIUM, DENVER, CO
1985-09-24 - MILE HIGH STADIUM, DENVER, CO
1985-09-27 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM, LOS ANGELES, CA
1985-09-29 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM, LOS ANGELES, CA
1985-09-30 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM, LOS ANGELES, CA
1985-10-02 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM, LOS ANGELES, CA
 
  • Vote for change tour (together with John Fogerty)
2004-10-03 - COBO ARENA, DETROIT, MI
2004-10-13 - CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
 
 
  • Wrecking ball tour
2013-06-26 - ESTADIO MUNICIPAL EL MOLINON, GIJON, SPAIN
 
 
  • Off-Tour 
1989-06-02 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Killer Joe)
1989-07-09 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Cat on a Smooth Surface)
1990-03-01 - THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, CA (Tom Petty and Bob Dylan)
1991-07-12 - McLOONE'S RUM RUNNER, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Bobby Bandiera)
1991-08-04 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH, NJ (The Outcry)
1999-12-20 - McLOONE'S RUM RUNNER, SEA BRIGHT, NJ 
 

Songinfo

"Travelin' Band" is a song written by John Fogerty and originally recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was included on their 1970 album Cosmo's Factory. The song was inspired, both musically and for Fogerty's vocal delivery, by 1950s rock n' roll songs, particularly those by Little Richard. In October 1972, the company that held the publishing rights to Richard’s "Good Golly, Miss Molly" felt that "Travelin' Band" bore enough similarities to warrant a plagiarism lawsuit that was later settled out of court. The lyrics of the song describe what life is like for a musician on the road.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

 

Bruce on the artist

 
Bruce´s speech inducting Creedence Clearwater Revival into the Rock´n´Roll Hall of Fame:
 
" In 1970 suburban New Jersey was still filled with the kind of sixties spirit Easy Rider made us all so fond of. I'm referring to the scene where Dennis Hopper gets blown off his motorcycle by some red-neck with a shotgun! A weekend outing at the time was still filled with the drama of possibly getting your ass kicked by a total stranger, who disagreed with your fashion sense. Me and my band worked on Route 35 outside of Asbury Park, at a club called the Pandemonium. They'd recently lowered the drinking age to eighteen with the logic that if you were old enough to die you were old enough to drink!

And so it was five 50 minute sets a night and rarely a night without a fight. The crowd was eclectic; rough kids just out of high school who hadn't been snatched up by the draft yet; Truck drivers heading home south to the Jersey pines who weren't gonna make it (not that night at least), and a mixture of college and working girls, women with bouffant hair-dos, and a small, but steady hippy contingent. Tough crowd to please all at once! We played behind a U-shaped bar that was just three feet and spitting distance from many of the patrons who came to just drink and stare and hassle the band.

Into New Jersey came the music of John and Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook - Creedence Clearwater Revival; and for three minutes and seven seconds of Proud Mary a very strained brotherhood would actually fill the room. It was simply a great song that everybody liked and it literally saved our asses on many occasions! Creedence started off in the long jamming tradition of other San Francisco bands, realised it wasn't their road, quit cold, and went on to great things· Green River. Bad Moon Rising, Down On The Corner, Lodi. Fortunate Son, Who'll Stop The Rain, Born On The Bayou, it wasn't only great music, it was great dance music, it was great bar band music. I remember in the late seventies I'd be out in a club and I'd watch some band struggle through one of my songs ond then just sort of glide effortlessly through a Creedence Clearwater tune. It used to really piss me off!.

Anyway I stand here tonight, still envious of that music's power and its simplicity. And they were hits, and hitsville was reality and poetry and a sense of the darkness of events and of history. Of an American tradition shot through with pride, fear. paranoia and they rocked hard. Now you can' t talk about Creedence without talking about John Fogerty. On the fashion front, all of Seattle should bow! John was the father of the flannel shirt! And as a songwriter only few did as much in three minutes. He was an old testament, shaggy haired prophet, a fatalist; funny too. As Clint Eastwood said "A man's got to know his limitations". But I can say I've never met anyone who took'em so seriously! He was severe, he was precise, he said what he had to say and got out of there. He was lyrically spare and
beautiful. He created a world of childhood memory and of men and women with their backs to the wall. A landscape of swamps, bayous, endless rivers, gypsy women, back porches, hand dogs chasing ghosts, devils, bad moon's rising. straight out of the blues tradition. He turned it into a vision that was all his own and in Doug, Stu and Tom he had the band that could back it up.

What makes a great rock band is a funny thing - its not always the obvious things. You can't ever really know what makes a great band tick. Its not about what the players are exactly like. All I know is he had Tom Fogerty's relentless rhythm guitar and Doug and Stu's great rhythm section and John's songwriting and singing. All I know is they played great together. I bumped into John one day on Mulholland Drive and we laughed about how far he was from the bayou and I was from the New Jersey turnpike!

Creedence made music for all the waylaid Tom Sawyer's and Huck Finn's, for a world that would never again be able to take them up on their most simple and eloquent invitation which is "If you get lost, come on home to Green River". So let me end by saying that in their day Creedence never got the respect they deserved. Who would have thought that in sixty-nine, before the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Strawberry Alarm Clock or Electric Prunes, Creedence would be inducted into a Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame, if there was ever gonna be one. They committed the sin of being too popular when hipness was all. They played no frills American music for the people. In the late sixties and early seventies they weren't the hippest band in the world - just the best.

And anyway so let me finish by saying "Congratulations men for a job well done" and to all the nay sayers "Ha, ha, ha they told you so!" So Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, Jeff Fogerty (accepting for his dad, John Fogerty) congratulations, glad to induct you into the Hall Of Fame. "  source : brucebase

Lyrics

Seven Thirty Seven coming out of the sky
Oh won't you take me down to Memphis on a midnight ride
I wanna move
Playing in a traveling band, yeah
Well I'm flying across the land trying to get a hand
Playing in a traveling band

Take me to the hotel, baggage gone, oh well
Come on, come on, won't you get me to my room
I wanna move
Playing in a traveling band, yeah
Well I'm flying across the land trying to get a hand
Playing in a traveling band

Listen to the radio talking about the last show
Someone got excited, had to call the state militia
I wanna move
Playing in a traveling band, yeah
Well I'm flying across the land trying to get a hand
Playing in a traveling band
Whoa!

Here we come again on a Saturday night
Oh with your fussing and your fighting won't you get me to the rhyme
I wanna move
Playing in a traveling band, yeah
Well I'm flying across the land trying to get a hand
Playing in a traveling band
Whoa!

Oh I'm playing in a traveling band
Playing in a traveling band
Won't you get me, take my hand
Well I'm playing in a traveling band
Well I'm flying across the land trying to get a hand
Playing in a traveling band
Whoa!