Outside of songs that directly addressed the plight of America's Vietnam veterans, a number of songs at Saturday's Welcome Home Concert at the Capital Centre took on special meaning in the event's context: The Four Tops' "Reach Out, I'll Be There," Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Long Time Coming," Anita Baker's "I Want to Know What Love Is" and Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You," changed at one point to "We just called to say we love you," and the perfect song for the event's national 800 number.

But the biggest musical surprise was the closing set by John Fogerty. After posting a set schedule that listed a number of his new songs, Fogerty and his band came out and did a whole set of Creedence Clearwater revivals, including "Born on the Bayou," "Willie and the Poor Boys," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Bad Moon Rising," "Fortunate Son" and "Proud Mary," which closed the show ensemble fashion (Ben E. King and "Stand By Me" had been scheduled but King was unable to make the event).

Fogerty, a stubborn and single-minded individual who has been involved in a long, bitter copyright dispute over those Creedence classics with the owner of his old label, Fantasy, has refused to perform them for more than 13 years and chose the Welcome Home Concert for a self-healing gesture.

"I've been wrestling with this for a long time," Fogerty said backstage. "It was time I started working on getting that feeling out of me personally. Well, there's a lot of guys walking around the last 20 years whose heads are still in the jungle. They won't shake it, they won't let go. Well, you have to let go of it. You have to accept the truth. We got shafted. They made you fight and die for something that was stupid ... just accept that and go on with your life. That's what I'm doing. I got shafted, but goddamit, I wrote those tunes and I'm going to play them. This is supposed to be an example to all the guys who are still carrying {the war} around in their heads and won't let go. Well, I'm letting go of mine. I found the past was screwing up tomorrow and that's really stupid."

Whitney Houston's Triumph

When Whitney Houston's new album debuted at No. 1 three weeks ago, it matched a record achieved by only four other artists in pop history: Stevie Wonder (with "Songs in the Key of Life" in 1976); Elton John ("Rock of the Westies" and "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy," both in 1975); and Bruce Springsteen (the "Live" set last year). The feat means Houston is the first female pop artist to do the deed, and according to Billboard, she's also the first female artist to string together four consecutive No. 1 singles (including three from her debut album), and the first artist since the Monkees to reach No. 1 with the first two records released (they did it in the late '60s with their first four). How much of a crossover artist is Houston? The same week it zoomed to No. 1 in pop, "Whitney" only charted at No. 14 on Billboard's black charts.

Although "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" was replaced by Heart's "Alone" as the No. 1 single this week, it is No. 1 on the adult contemporary list, and it moved into contention on the black singles chart by jumping from No. 5 to No. 2. "Dance" also zipped from No. 9 to No. 4 in dance-club play.

The Beatles in Bronze

Beatles fans have started an $81,500 fund-raising drive to reunite the Fab Four in a 6-foot-high bronze statue 16 years after they broke up. The statue showing the Beatles on stage would contain a coin-operated juke box and compact disc player to play hits from top rock bands of the '60s, says John-James Chambers, vice chairman of the Beatles Appreciation Society, which wants to put the statue in London's Leicester Square. However, the Westminster City Council says the statue will not be part of an extensive face lift planned for the square in London's West End theater district this summer.

The Liverpool-based appreciation society unveiled a model of the proposed statue Thursday. It said the larger work would be created by British sculptor Shane Griffiths. The three surviving former Beatles -- Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr -- were invited to the unveiling but did not attend.

Concert Watch

David Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" seems to be moving precipitously in that very direction -- it's at No. 49 on the Billboard charts after seven weeks -- but the man still has appeal as a live act, apparently: His Aug. 2 concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey sold out in 90 minutes, beating the previous record held by Genesis and Madonna by a full hour. Look for a Cap Centre date in December.

And Pink Floyd, whose members haven't recorded or performed together in almost five years and are in fact fighting over the name, seem just as popular. A September date at Cleveland's 74,000-seat Cleveland Stadium, featuring the Floyd name and guitarist David Gilmour and bassist Nick Mason, sold out in a matter of hours (a Cap Centre date at the end of August is probable). Meanwhile, Roger Waters (who wrote and sang much of Floyd's material and is contesting Gilmour and Mason's right to use the band name) will be at Capital Centre Aug. 30 -- under his own name.