It’s been a tumultuous few months for the planned Woodstock 50 event put on by original 1969 Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang and his colleagues, rumors swirling regarding its potential cancellation and other issues.
The latest update, published by Bloomberg on Thursday, reports that the event lives — for now — and was moved to Maryland and a smaller venue in Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
“When we heard that there was an opportunity to save this festival and bring a piece of American history to our community this summer, we jumped at the chance,” Calvin Ball, the executive with Howard County, wrote in a note to Greg Peck, one of the organizers. “Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia is a jewel of Howard County and one of the top music venues in the nation. It felt like such a natural fit to host a historic festival on our storied stage.”
John Fogerty knows where he will be for the Anniversary weekend of Woodstock. At only one site…At the original one – the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. As he says in his song, “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” written upon returning from Woodstock – “NO MORE CONFUSION ON THE GROUND.”
When John took the call from the organizers in 1969 and was asked to play a festival called “Woodstock,” John accepted. He and his band were the first act to sign up for the festival leading other iconic bands to follow….
So now, 50 years later, John is going back to the original site where his name appears on a plaque commemorating that weekend. John will celebrate his own 50th Anniversary as well as Woodstock’s, together at Bethel on August 18th. Back at the original site that he stepped foot on 50 years ago, nearly to the day! #woodstock