Last night (March 19th) at Manhattan's legendary Electric Lady Studio, famed promoter Michael Lang rolled out the official lineup for Woodstock 50, which will be held in Watkins Glen, New York on August 16th, 17th and 18th. Joining Lang last night were two of the performers set for the festival — hip hop artist Common and John Fogerty — who is among the original Woodstock performers returning for the 50th.
Both Common and Fogerty played briefs sets, with Fogerty tackling such Creedence Clearwater Revival favorites as “Have You Ever Seen The Rain,” “Who'll Stop The Rain,” “Bad Moon Rising,” and “Fortunate Son.” At the 1969 festival, Fogerty led Creedence through a blistering set — but held back the audio and footage from appearing on the original soundtrack album or film.
In addition to Fogerty, the other 1969 veterans appearing at Woodstock 50 are Santana, Dead & Company, David Crosby & Friends, John Sebastian, Melanie, Canned Heat, Country Joe McDonald, and Hot Tuna. Other classic artists on board for 2019 are Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters and the Zombies.
Michael Lang spoke about the lead up to last night's official announcement: “We managed to put together an amazing lineup in a very short period of time that took a lot of work and a lot of stress. Y'know, there's always things that you have to do to satisfy the board of health and the traffic plans and all those things. It's not easy, but it's known, so we're not inventing it this time. We're filling it with a lot of social responsibility and social issues, and great music.”
We asked John Fogerty what he's expecting by playing the 2019 festival 50 years to the day of his classic Creedence appearance: “I don't expect it to be the same. I think the mood in the country is similar in many respects — but different. I'm very glad that I'm able to be here 50 years later, y'know, celebrating it. I hope to have a great time, I'm going to be playing most of the same songs that I played then. I've had a few more songs since then. But, yeah, I think culturally — for me — it resonates because it was such a watershed moment in my generation, anyway.”
The full line up for Woodstock 50 is:
Friday, August 16th
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Run The Jewels
The Head and The Heart
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Saturday, August 17th
Dead & Company
Chance The Rapper
The Black Keys
Greta Van Fleet
Portugal. The Man
Gary Clark Jr.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
David Crosby & Friends
Nahko & Medicine For The People
Country Joe McDonald
Sunday, August 18th
Cage The Elephant
Young The Giant
Judah & The Lion
The Marcus King Band
Amigo The Devil