1969 is the year we wish around so that we could have been there for the legendary Woodstock celebration. Thousands gathered at Bethel Woods, and legendary headliners such Jimi Hendrix made history.
2019 is the year in which we are getting two Woodstock festivals to make up for missing the first: one held by LiveNation and INDT at Bethel Woods, the original venue, and one done by Michael Lang, the co-creator of the original festival at Watkins Glen, a venue a few hours away.
Both festivals are occurring the same weekend, and now we are just waiting to see which artists are getting pulled to which, Woodstock. Well, we have our first answer.
Carlos Santana, who played at the original festival for peace and music, told Rolling Stone in an interview with them that he would be performing at LiveNation’s version at Bethel Woods. His performance at the original festival was a breakout one, and he has since returned to Bethel Woods for shows in the half a decade in between. He stated that he originally was going to play at Lang’s festival, but changed his mind and went with LiveNation.
“They have an amphitheater there. I’m going to invite whoever is still here, whether it’s Joan Baez or members from Sly Stone, and I’m going to play Santana music. Santana’s going to be the house band, but I want to be able to honor those who are still here and maybe invite rappers like Common or Kendrick Lamar. Santana’s very interested, like Miles Davis, into connecting with people from 7 years old to under 33. I don’t want to be just like a jukebox in the twilight zone, stuck in the Sixties.”
His statements hinted to the legends and who else LiveNation may be bringing to the lineup. The tug-of-war is on, as we wait to see how each 50th-anniversary tribute will pan out.