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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Doug Clifford

By Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

It's not often that an artist releases a new album that's actually decades old. But that's exactly what Doug Clifford did. Best known for his work with Creedence Clearwater Revival, his latest CD is "Magic Window" – songs he wrote and recorded in the mid-’80s. Splitting his time between Reno, Nevada, and Scottsdale, Arizona, Clifford said the vacations he has enjoyed in his adulthood (pre-coronavirus pandemic) are much better than his childhood road trips. "Any trip I took as a kid, I hated it," he said. "My dad smoked cigarettes and kept the windows rolled up." Fans may stay in touch with him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DougCosmoClifford/), Twitter (@DougCosmo) or his website, www.dougcosmoclifford.com.

Q. You’ve played some historic concerts. What are some that stand out?

A. Woodstock, 1969. It was a one-time event where people were civil and caring under the worst of conditions. They made the best out of a bad situation and that doesn’t happen anymore. The weather was horrendous and they only planned to have one-eighth of the people who were there. Royal Albert Hall, London, 1970. It was our first time in Europe and there were some Beatles there and Eric Clapton. It was nice to be showing the Brits how we rock and roll. And with Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Luna Park Stadium in Argentina. We played there many times and it’s always a great audience. They did the human wave better than any American sports fans.

Q. Did you work on music while you were on the tour bus?

A. Sure, a lot when I was in a writing mode. On occasion, I’d listen to classical music to chill out and you can’t help but be inspired by great orchestras and masters.

Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?

 

A. My favorite vacation spot is Maui and Kauai. I’m a body surfer, so that is my biggest attraction to the Pacific Ocean. Get into that big ocean and look out for sharks! You need to have at least one Mai Tai when you’re on the islands. We had an ocean-front condo in Poipu on Kauai. The second devastating hurricane in 10 years caused us to sell it, because there would be more to come. They don’t have hurricanes in Scottsdale, so we decided to buy there.

Q. What untapped destination should people know about?

A. The Painted Desert in Arizona is a pleasant surprise. When you’re in that neighborhood, you can make a stop in the Grand Canyon, as well.

Q. What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?

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