The 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival was initially planned for Watkins Glen State Park and was moved to Maryland at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Sadly, the hammer has come down and this entire event has been cancelled. No refunds available as no tickets ever went on sale.
If you’re finding yourself in a bit of a peaceful vibe and thinking of songs from yesteryear today, it’s probably due to the fact that on this day some 50 years ago that the “Woodstock Music and Art Fair” took place up in Bethel NY on Max Yasgur’s farm. Yeah, despite the name, the event was about 45 miles away from the town of Woodstock but that no longer seems to matter. The very well documented affair started out as a pay to enter thing but as the masses began to assemble after lengthy pilgrimages up the highways of New York State they just let anyone who arrived in for free. When it all came down to it there were about 400K in attendance. In honor of the music festivals milestone 50th year, I’ve culled together some topical images and information about who played on what day but left it at that since so much of the logistics and more are easily learned via the official Wiki which is linked down below.
Friday, August 15 – Saturday, August 16:
Richie Havens, Swami Satchidananda, Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez.
Continue reading Raising A Glass To Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary (1969-2019)
It was only a few short days ago that the world learned that the Woodstock 50 event would not even be held in the state where it began and instead be further down the East Coast in Maryland but now according to the folks at TMZ it has been cancelled in full. According to a statement to the Entertainment Resource by Greg Peck, a principal of Woodstock 50;
“The unfortunate dispute with our financial partner and the resulting legal proceedings set us off course at a critical juncture, throwing a wrench in our plans and forcing us to find an alternate venue to Watkins Glen.” The timing meant we had few choices where our artists would be able to perform. We worked hard to find a way to produce a proper tribute—and some great artists came aboard over the last week to support Woodstock 50—but time simply ran short.”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: So that’s all folks. Considering the stuff we’ve shared about this already it’s not a surprise that its come down to being cancelled. As I stated, I wasn’t even remotely planning on going since it was logistically difficult for me and had 0% Hard Rock and Metal bands. I mean it would have been fun to cover some of the groups for The Chronicles of Piercing Ken but I didn’t begin to look into that. Repeating an event like Woodstock from 1969 is probably not an easy feat in today’s world and let’s not forget that the original festival was a bit of a disaster as well.
Official Website: http://www.woodstock.com