It seems there are never enough Woodstocks. At least that’s the message promoters keep sending.
The original Woodstock has obviously become the stuff of legend. It launched a few careers, solidified others and included some forgotten acts. People forget that the Who was one of the top headliners, that Sha Na Na was there, as was blues guitar great Johnny WInter. Hendrix played at the end, and Richie Havens actually made up his song, “Freedom,” on stage when he had to extend his set to fill in for a late performer.
The thing was also not supposed to be free — it just turned out that way when kids started pouring in anyway. As many revivals as we’ve had since, none have quite matched the spontaneous nature of the first. Not sure you can ever capture that stuff if it’s not organically done.
But, there has been some amazing music along the way at your various “peace and love” revival festivals. I have no doubt this year’s will hold true to that.