Woodstock 2009: No Dice?

Crosbystillsnash_lFortieth-anniversary mudpits may not be in our future, Music Mixers; Rolling Stone reports today that a 2009 edition of the legendary 1969 music festival (and its attendant sequels in 1994 and ’99) is looking more and more unlikely — and not unsurprisingly, the crap economy is to blame. One of the original event’s producers, Joel Rosenman, told RS, “It may not be the year for Woodstock… [but] We’re not going to let some technical number, some digit, determine when the next one is.”Unlike the ’99 fest, which featured the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys, and (no joke) Britney Spears, and was beset by crowd violence and bad press, producers this year were hoping to return to the original spirit of the event, with acts like the Who, Crosby Stills & Nash and Joe Cocker. Either way, says Rosenman, the show will go on, even if it doesn’t hit the date they were hoping for: “There will be a Woodstock and it will be massive.”What do you think, readers? Do you want another Woodstock? Should we just let history stand and not try to duplicate the past, or is it a legacy that deserves to live on in concert? Would you rather just go see Ang Lee’s upcoming film version, Taking Woodstock, due this summer?

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  • Sharlin

    I’m ok with no more Woodstock ever again. I don’t really see a need for it. I didn’t get why 94 nor 99 happened. It didn’t represent what the original was. It negated it.

  • erin

    Hey, why not make the concert free, like it was in ’69? Then the bad economy wouldn’t be an issue…
    Oh, yeah, I forgot, all the current “music” industry cares about is making money.

  • Samantha

    I like to see the 40th woodstock with Metallica/Aerosmith/Van Halen

  • atco

    i think the best way to have the 40th anniversary of woodstock is to make it free to the public,and i think all the hippies outthere will be very happy to reminisce the good old woodstock 69..kudos to mr. joel rosenman, michael lang and co. PEACE TO ALL…

  • Michelle

    I went to the 1994 Woodstock. At first it was well organized and alot of fun, but they didn’t anticipate the number of people who crashed. The crowds overwhelmed the security, who just didn’t ever try anymore. Then the idiots who were trying to “recreate” the original Woodstock with drugs, mud and nudity. That was a big contrast with the corporate shrilling that was going on ($5.00 for a sandwich). Luckily, my friends and I were lucky to get out on one of the last buses (all bus companies except one quit). I have great stories to tell, but 1999 shouldn’t have happened.
    Stop trying to whore Woodstock.

  • RFWoodstock

    Woodstock lives! Online radio channels RADIO WOODSTOCK which features music from the original Woodstock era to today and RADIO WOODSTOCK 69 with exclusively music from the original Woodstock era are both available at: http://www.radiowoodstock.com. We’re based at Utopia Studios in Woodstock. It’s Woodstock to the world. Peace, love, music. P.S. Britney was not at the official Woodstock ’99 in Rome, NY

  • manny

    woodstock 2009 free for all.

  • Jennifer

    I think there should a another one. Its not just a few dates in history, but a spirit of time that needs to be passed on to the new generations. Theres more to it than just the music. Its a lifestyle forgotten, with a message of love and peace. Im 24 and obsessed with history, I think its something worth passing on, the message just got lost in the 90′s bc of the excitement.

    • Hollywood Joe

      you are right Jennifer….let it roll…..and let it rock…..Hollywood Joe

  • Peggy

    To make it a ‘true’ anniversary of the legendary Woodstock event: you should be at least 50 (to include kids who wold remember going with their parents) and FREE (collect donations for a good cause-like global warming/Darfur). Of course, it would also be nice if it happened in a place more like the original Woodstock!!

  • Waibeltime

    Honestly, anyone who doesnt think another Woodstock would be amazing is crazy… Mistakes were made in 1999 with the choices in bands. But it seems as if Lang (Woodstock Manager) has learned from the mistakes and wants to put on a good, safe show. Everything about 40th Aniversary of Woodstock says it will be a good time! This is one think i will be looking forward to for this summer (hopefully).

  • Kylie

    Woodstock should live on. I would have loved to have experienced Woodstock ’69, but unfortunately I was born 20 years later. I would attend Woodstock soley if the music is based around psychedelic rock & close to the original Woodstock. Make it happen!

  • michelle

    Hoping there will be a 40th anniversary. “Heros of Wooodstock” currently touring & would be a great start for a lineup. There are plenty of musicians from 40 years ago that still are touring & have great shows!!!

    • Hollywood Joe

      Hey Michele, I like what you wrote back in March of this year 2009…..tell me what it will be like for the 40th Woodstock Anniversary Festival…?….please keep in touch….Hollywood Joe…..I played at the 1994 Woodstock near the original grounds…in White Lake , New York…it was great…..!

  • Anonymous

    I went to Woodstock 99 and it was one of the best concert experiences of my life. Of course they should keep doing them. By the way, Britney and the Beastie Boys were not at the 99 show (at least as performers).

  • Thanos

    Please Please Please hold another woodstock.
    and please pleas pleeeeeease leave Brittany spears out of it.

  • Firehawk

    Woodstock Spirit LIVES! Listen to Artie Kornfeld’s internet radio show on (artistfirst (dot) com (F.slash) woodstocknation(dot)htm) that’s all about the “Spirit” of the Woodstock nation.
    Artie has already had Michael Lang, Melanie,and his son Shon from the new band “Friday Nights” on as guests. All shows are archived and available for free at Artist First Radio.
    Every Tues at 10pm EST you can hear Artie talking about Woodstock and what may be happening for the 40th anniversary ;)
    THE SPIRIT OF WOODSTOCK NATION LIVES!!! Stay tuned!!!
    ((((I’m getting flagged for spam or i would post all the links. Go to my Woodstock myspace at (F. slash woodstock40th) and go to Artie’s myspace page at (F. slash – ArtieKornfeld) and you can get all the details.))))

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