Tenured readers are already pretty much up to date on the developments about the much lauded “Woodstock 50” Anniversary Concert which has been broadcast as being held up in Watkins Glen State Park some 255 miles from where I keep you in the aware at my Metal Media Command HQ in Brooklyn. The first dent in the armor came when an investment group pulled out (noted HERE) but it was quickly spoken against by the Festival Organizer Michael Lang (seen HERE). Yesterday, the event received another blow to the abdomen which you can learn more about after the next logo.
Yesterday, the news started making the rounds that Watkins Glen International racetrack will no longer be serving as the venue hosting the upcoming Woodstock 50 Festival. As I didn’t receive the official statement here at the Metal Media Command HQ I did some poking around and discovered the WGI Statement which has been copied below.
Yesterday we posted the news about the purported cancellation of the upcoming “Woodstock 50” concert festival (seen HERE) and today, the original events founder has released a statement. check it out.
“Dear Woodstock Friends
It seems in a way that history is repeating itself. In July of 1969 we lost our site in Walkill and with only a month to go we managed to move to Bethel. Woodstock was going to happen no matter what!
This time around, Woodstock’s new hometown, Dix & Watkins Glen, NY and New York State have been really wonderful. I went door to door to talk to the neighbors. Some remembered Summer Jam back in ’73 and were worried about history repeating itself. But they opened their doors to us and we talked it out. Many of those people have reached out over the last 24 hours with messages of hope and encouragement.
Back in March, festival founder Michael Lang announced the lineup for the upcoming “Woodstock 50th” Festival (seen HERE for those curious onlookers). Earlier today, it was revealed by TMZ that the Investors at Dentsu Aegis have pulled their funding and have offered up this statement on the matter
“We don’t beliee the production of the festival can be executed as and event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name”
Day 1: Friday August 16th – No one. Day 2: Saturday, August 17th – No one. Day 3: Sunday, August 18th – No one.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now I’ve already mentioned that I don’t get to a lot of festivals and based on the distance (and for the most part the lineup) I was not heading to Woodstock 50. I haven’t seen a full on Official Press Release about the news but when some of the larger websites that I sometimes monitor to make sure I have what I need for your own enjoyment started posting about it, I let the fine folks at TMZ be my resource about it. For many a Rock and Metal fan there was nothing about this festival that piqued the interest but I am never happy to see a large scale music event be cancelled since it tends to have a ripple effect on other events of this kind. When the weekend of the original 1969 Woodstock hits us, I will be playing the “Original Soundtrack Album” from the movie as well as watching it and I might just put the five full sets that were released several years ago as “The Woodstock Experience”. Hopefully you diehards have those because they are hard to find. So let’s see what happens because so far the tickets were not released for sale despite being announced as coming soon and Michael Lang hasn’t said anything about it yet either. As more information comes to light I will share it but its probably done since the money people are out. What do you think about this? Were you entertaining going? Chime in down below in the comments.
It was just a short time ago that Festival founder Michael Lang announced the lineup for the upcoming “Woodstock 50th” Festival which will take place in late August, up in Watkins Glen New York. Lang is most famously known for being one of the creators of the original Woodstock Music and Arts Festival from 1969. Take a look at the poster below and to keep it easy on those needed glasses or reading on a smaller screened mobile device, I’ve typed up all of the names as well.
Day 1: Friday August 16th – The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Lumineers, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, John Fogerty, Run The Jewels, The Head and The Heart, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bishop Briggs, Anderson East, Akon, Princess Nokia, John Sebastian, Melanie, Grandson, Fever 333, Dorothy, Flora Cash, Larkin Poe, Brian Cadd, Ninet Tayeb and More.
I know what you are thinking, gee Ken you guys sure did like a lot of stuff over the course of 2009 and you are not kidding. This will be my last installment from the “Best Of” rundowns and we will not only cover the videos and books that we enjoyed the most but also will line out a bunch of the things that disappointed us here at the Metal Media Command HQ. DVD releases continued to impress and amaze as not only were new and exciting videos being released but also a number of cool historical archives had finally come to see the light of day. We reviewed quite a bit of them this year and still have a number of them to go but the list below focuses on some of our favorites which we made sure to line out first to be a part of this list. Let’s take a look.
The Best DVD’s of 2009:
Iron Maiden “Flight 666” (Universal Music): Maiden’s documentary about their “Somewhere Back In Time” World Tour that discussed how the band flew their own airplane to dozens of countries to deliver the Metal to the faithful believers has to be seen to be believed. Filmed by the famous Sam Dunn of “Headbanger’s Journey” fame.
Anvil: “The Story Of Anvil” (VH1 Classic Records): Anvil finally gets their due and some proper attention based on this fine documentary film by Sasha Gervasi.
Journey “Live In Manila” (Wal-Mart): If you didn’t get enough of Arnel Pineda when Journey delivered us “Generations” then wait till you get a load of him doing his thing in his home country, the Philippines. This show rocks and the crowd was going crazy for their countryman as he led this legendary band into the future.
Rick Wakeman “The Six Wives Of Henry XIII” (Eagle Vision): Former Yes keyboard wizard gets to fulfill a dream performance and we are members of the audience thanks to this special DVD release. A companion CD was also offered and this is a must for the legends fans.
ZZ Top “Double Down Live” (Eagle Vision): This DVD presented not one, but two performances from ZZ Top and while one comes from recently, it is the vintage show from 1980 that is the one to appreciate most. There isn’t a lot of footage of the band that’s been made public, so this was something that many classic rock and blues rock fans can appreciate quite a bit. Continue reading PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2009: The Books and Videos→