Creedence clearwater revival - Who'll stop the rain

First performance: 18/12/1980


Bruce performed 'Who'll top the rain' 147 times:
Most frequently during The River Tour. Springsteen and the E Street Band opened with "Who'll Stop the Rain" whenever it was raining. 
2017-02-18 Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, Australia
2016-07-26 Granåsen Arena, Trondheim, Norway
2014-02-01 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013-05-26 Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
2013-05-23 Piazza Del Plebiscito, Naples, Italy
2012-09-22 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
2012-09-08 Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
2012-08-15 Fenway Park, Boston, MA
2012-07-28 Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden

2012-07-23 Koengen, Bergen, Norway
A Roy Bittan piano-only arrangement

2012-06-10 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy
2012-06-02 Estadio Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain
2009-07-11 RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
2009-06-04 Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden
2008-08-02 Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
2003-10-01 Shea Stadium, New York City, NY
2003-09-27 Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI
2003-07-18 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
2003-06-28 Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
2003-05-24 Stade De France, Saint-Denis, France
2003-04-09 ARCO Arena, Sacramento, CA
2003-03-28 Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
1999-06-26 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • World Tour 1992-1993 
most of them were dedicated as "a prayer for Bosnia and Herzegovina"
1993-06-26 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1993-06-24 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1993-06-01 Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
1993-05-30 Gentofte Stadion, Gentofte, Denmark
1993-05-28 Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1993-05-25 Stadio Flaminio, Rome, Italy
1993-05-22 National Bowl (The), Milton Keynes, England
1993-05-20 RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland
1993-05-17 Maimarkthalle, Mannheim, Germany
1993-05-16 Alter Flughafen-Riem, Munich, Germany
1993-05-14 Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany
1993-05-11 Estadi Olímpic De Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain
1993-05-09 Auditorio Monte Do Gozo, Santiago De Compostela, Spain
1993-05-07 Estadio Municipal El Molinón, Gijón, Spain
1993-05-05 Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
1993-05-01 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
1993-04-23 Flanders Expo, Ghent, Belgium
1993-04-20 Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1993-04-19 Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1993-04-15 Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England
1993-04-11 Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 

1985-03-31 QE II Jubilee Sports Centre, Brisbane, Australia
1984-10-31 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1984-10-28 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1984-10-25 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1984-10-21 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA
1984-10-19 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, WA
1984-09-22 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
1984-08-25 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
1984-07-26 CNE Grandstand, Toronto, ON
1981-09-14 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
1981-09-13 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH
1981-09-11 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1981-09-10 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1981-09-08 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL
1981-09-02 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
1981-08-28 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1981-08-27 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1981-08-24 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1981-08-23 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1981-08-21 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1981-08-20 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
1981-08-17 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
1981-08-16 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
1981-08-12 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
1981-08-11 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI
1981-08-07 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
1981-08-04 Capital Centre, Largo, MD
1981-07-30 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1981-07-29 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH
1981-07-19 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1981-07-18 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1981-07-16 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1981-07-15 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1981-07-13 Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
1981-07-09 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1981-07-08 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1981-07-06 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1981-07-05 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1981-07-03 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1981-07-02 Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
1981-06-08 Birmingham International Arena, Birmingham, England
1981-06-07 Birmingham International Arena, Birmingham, England
1981-06-05 Wembley Arena, London, England
1981-06-02 Wembley Arena, London, England
1981-06-01 Wembley Arena, London, England
1981-05-29 Wembley Arena, London, England
1981-05-27 Brighton Centre (The), Brighton, England
1981-05-26 Brighton Centre (The), Brighton, England
1981-05-20 Bingley Hall, Stafford, England
1981-05-17 Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
1981-05-16 Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
1981-05-14 Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England
1981-05-13 Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England
1981-05-11 City Hall, Newcastle, England
1981-05-08 Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1981-05-07 Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1981-05-05 Drammenshallen, Drammen, Norway
1981-05-03 Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
1981-05-02 Brøndbyhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
1981-04-29 Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1981-04-28 Sportpaleis Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1981-04-26 Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
1981-04-24 Palais Des Sports De Gerland, Lyon, France
1981-04-21 Palau Municipal D'Esports, Barcelona, Spain
1981-04-19 Palais Des Sports De Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
1981-04-18 Palais Des Sports De Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
1981-04-16 Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany
1981-04-14 Festhalle, Frankfurt, West Germany
1981-04-11 Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
1981-04-09 ICC Berlin, West Berlin, West Germany
1981-04-07 Congress Centrum Hamburg, Hamburg, West Germany
1981-03-05 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN
1981-03-04 Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
1981-03-02 Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA
1981-02-28 Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
1981-02-26 Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
1981-02-25 Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN
1981-02-23 Omni (The), Atlanta, GA
1981-02-22 Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC
1981-02-20 Hollywood Sportatorium (The), Pembroke Pines, FL
1981-02-18 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, FL
1981-02-16 Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL
1981-02-15 Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL
1981-02-13 Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, MS
1981-02-12 Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, AL
1981-02-07 Assembly Hall, Champaign, IL
1981-02-05 Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO
1981-02-04 SIU Arena, Carbondale, IL
1981-02-02 Dane County Memorial Coliseum, Madison, WI
1981-02-01 St. Paul Civic Center, Saint Paul, MN
1981-01-29 Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IA
1981-01-28 Checkerdome, St. Louis, MO
1981-01-26 Athletic & Convocation Center, South Bend, IN
1981-01-24 Ottawa Civic Centre, Ottawa, ON
1981-01-23 Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC
1981-01-21 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON
1981-01-20 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON
1980-12-31 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
1980-12-29 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
1980-12-28 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
1980-12-19 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1980-12-18 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY 


"Who'll Stop the Rain" is a song written by John Fogerty and originally recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival for their 1970 album Cosmo's Factory. When asked by Rolling Stone about the meaning of the song's lyrics, John Fogerty was quoted as saying : 
"Certainly, I was talking about Washington, when I wrote the song, but I remember bringing the master version of the song home and playing it. My son Josh was four years old at the time, and after he heard it, he said, "Daddy stop the rain". And my wife and I looked at each other and said, "Well, not quite".
In 2007 during a concert in Shelburne, Vermont, he said the following about the song:
"Well, this next song has a bit of a fable surrounding it. A lot of folks seem to think I sang this song at Woodstock way back then. No. I was at Woodstock 1969… I think. It was a nice event. I’m a California kid. I went up there and saw a whole bunch of really nice young people. Hairy. Colorful. It started to rain, and got really muddy, and then (yelling) half a million people took their clothes off!!! (Normal voice again) Boomer generation making its presence known I guess. Anyway, then I went home and wrote this song."

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
2020-06-17 SiriusXM Studio, New York City
Bruce plays the song during his 6th DJ gig, slightly retitled as 'Bruce Springsteen: From My Home, To Yours… Part 6' on Sirius XM's E Street Radio. This episode is titled "Down To The River To Pray".


Long as I remember rain been coming down
Clouds of mystery pouring, confusion on the ground
Good men through the ages trying to find the sun
And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain

I went down Virginia seeking shelter from the storm
Caught up in the fable, I watched the tower grow
Five year plans and new deals wrapped in golden chains
And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain

Heard the singers playing, how we cheered for more
The crowd had rushed together trying to keep warm
Still the rain kept pouring, falling on my ears
And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain