Woodstock Celebrates 40th Anniversary With All the Worst Bands That Played Woodstock

05/05/2009 11:28 AM |

ad65/1241539594-jeffersonstarship.jpegThere is no telling what kind of sad old people will head to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in upstate New York on August 15 for a recently announced show celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock. Not surprisingly, no one cool is playing it. Not CSNY, not the Band, not the Who, not Creedence, or any of the other not-dead alumni. Instead, you’ll be asked to pony up an insane amount of money, I’m sure, to see Big Brother & the Holding Company, Ten Years After, Canned Heat, Mountain, and Country Joe McDonald, with the biggest names so far, Levon Helm and, god help us, Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane/Starship (holy shit, pictured!). Man, it must be nice to have no shame and live in the past, even though, in the past, you were the least talented of all your friends. [AP via Arts, Briefly]

6 Comment

  • i hate that photo more than life itself.

  • I think they’re going by Jefferson Snowmobile Surprise now.

  • I would also like to see a Grateful Dead cover band more than this… more than anything.

  • Big Brother minus Janis. That’s sure to be a riveting performance.

  • @ El Guapo: You mean The Dead? Did you seen them last week? Pretty disappointing, at least the show I went to (final night at Meadowlands…)

    Levon Helm is pretty cool on that list though, you have to admit:


    One of my favorite songs ever, although the vid is in the wrong aspect ratio…

  • Rant & Rave 2 Antacid To Real Acid, Purple Haze to Tums
    I have been watching with great interest all of this weeks coverage of the anniversary of Woodstock, and the anniversary of the shooting of the Beatles Abbey Road album cover. It seems 1969 is all the rage. This blog was going to be another excerpt from my book and the section titled “Coming Of Age, Or When Coming Is No Longer Enough,” about that space in time we call the sixties, instead I was inspired to comment on all of last weeks chatter about 1969.
    There has been a series of music events trying to relive the spirit of Woodstock but Woodstock was just that, a spirit, not a mere event, it cannot be relived only reborn in our hearts, minds and souls.
    That special feeling we called “Woodstock Nation,” is today more like A Wooden Stock Market Nation. Taking LSD today will not recreate the vibe that existed then, it would only enhance the vibe of today and that would be a nightmare. Looking at the greed and lack of compassion in the world today, I personally need more antacid. Our only hope is for us to go against the traffic and cross over to the other side, just like that famous album cover of 1969. http://johnmolinari.blogspot.com