John Fogerty Returning to Bethel for Woodstock’s 50th
John Fogerty will return to the historic site of the original Woodstock 1969 festival 50 years after he performed there with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
I have said from the get-go that the perfect place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair (that’s how it was billed in 1969) is at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. I think the folks at Bethel Woods agree, but original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang? Maybe not so much. (Lang’s Woodstock 50 plans have still not come together.)
Even though Bethel Woods scaled down their original plans, it’s still shaping up to be a great celebration. It kicks off on August 15 with a sold-out showing of the Woodstock Movie outside in the field with a performance by original Woodstock performer Arlo Guthrie. Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band play on Aug. 16. Santana, who blew people away at the original 1969 show will be playing Bethel Woods with The Doobie Brothers on Aug. 17. And, just announced, John Fogerty on Aug. 18. John played the 1969 show with CCR, and has said in many interviews that he was not happy with the performance. I heard he’s planning to redeem himself this time around, so it’s going to be a stellar show. Four days of great music featuring performers from the original Woodstock concert. Now that’s what I call a celebration.
Nobody’s quite sure what’s going to happen with the big Woodstock 50 now that Michael Lang has gotten new financial backers. Maybe his show will go on. Maybe it won’t. Maybe it’s fate that it’s turning out to be the perfect celebration at the perfect venue. I hate to say I told you so, but…
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