Concert for Valor, the all-star Veteran’s Day tribute held on the National Mall this Tuesday, has spurred a surprising amount of controversy. Eminem drew ire for using curse words during an event honoring the troops, and Bruce Springsteen was labeled “un-American” for performing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic protest song “Fortunate Son” with Dave Grohl and Zac Brown. Responding to the negative reaction surrounding his song, CCR frontman John Fogerty has now released a statement via Facebook.
Fogerty explained the song’s context, stating that it was written during a time when “an ultra conservative administration” sent Americans off to war in Vietnam and “shamefully ignored and mistreated” them upon their return. He defended the choice to play “Fortunate Son” at the event, saying, “As an American and a songwriter I am proud that the song still has resonance.” Emphasizing that he stands beside the Boss’ decision, he posted the above image of himself onstage with Springsteen at a separate concert.
Read his full statement below.
“Fortunate Son” is a song I wrote during the Vietnam War over forty-five years ago. As an American and a songwriter I am proud that the song still has resonance. I do believe that its meaning gets misinterpreted and even usurped by various factions wishing to make their own case. At its core I believe the issue is really about what a great country we have that a song like this can be performed in a setting like Concert For Valor.
Years ago, an ultra conservative administration tried to paint anyone who questioned its policies as “un-American”. That same administration shamefully ignored and mistreated the soldiers returning from Vietnam.
As a man who was drafted and served his country during those times, I have ultimate respect for the men and women who protect us today and demand that they receive the respect that they deserve.”