Best Collaboration That Did Happen: Bruce Springsteen and John Fogerty
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are no strangers at Jazz Fest, appearing three times in the past eight years, their an emotional post-Katrina performance in 2006 still spoken of in hushed tones. This year, festival organizers pushed the whole schedule back an hour to give the band more time to play, and the band earned it by running through "Johnny 99" off Nebraska, "Badlands" off Darkness on the Edge of Town, "No Surrender" off Born in the U.S.A. and "Hungry Heart" and the title track off The River in the first hour alone.
Newer E Street Band members Tom Morello and Jake Clemons both nailed solos (the former on "Ghost of Tom Joad," the latter on "Dancing in the Dark") before Springsteen unceremoniously brought John Fogerty onstage for Creedence Clearwater Revival hits "Green River” and "Proud Mary." "I was having so much fun watching, I forgot I was supposed to do something," Fogerty said.
Later, in his own set, Fogerty introduced many of his old hits with the story behind them. Noting that "Who’ll Stop the Rain" is about Woodstock, Fogerty said of the Jazz Fest crowd, "You remind me of it a little bit. Except at Woodstock, everyone was naked and muddy. So I’m gonna turn around..." He turned around, then back around again. Nothing. "Well, it worked in Germany."