DS = Dave Schools
HT: You guys will be playing the Interlocken Festival and backing John Fogerty during one of your nights. Are you excited? How did this come together?
DS: I don’t know how it came together but I’m beside myself excited. Some of the first 45s I had were Creedence songs. My Dad used to take me to Standard Drug and they had the top 40 singles and albums there, right at the drug store, that’s how cool it was in those days. I’d been playing Deep Purple and he got really sick of that and he didn’t really dig it, but he did like Creedence, and I had Proud Mary and Down on the Corner and all of them.
It was a huge thing for me. It was a big part of where everything came from for me musically, there’s just no way I could have avoided it. So for me to find out we’re going to be backing up John Fogerty, I mean wow. Does that mean we get to play Keep On Choogling for 10 minutes? Guys, we better f!*king rehearse! This guy was a huge part of everything I am, these singles that were released and the four- and five-year-old Dave Schools that got to listen to them when it wasn’t the oldies station. So yeah, I’m excited [laughs]!
HT: Any idea what you’re going to play with him?
DS: We haven’t gotten there yet. I’ll play whatever he wants, as long as we get to do Run Through the Jungle and Keep On Chooglin and draw ‘em out 10 minutes.
HT: Definitely 10 minutes?
DS: [laughs] Make it 12. I mean, hey, Jimmy can unwind a solo that long.