John Fogerty, Common and Michael Lang Celebrate Woodstock’s Past & Future at Electric Lady Studios


John Fogerty performed a '68 Rickenbacker throughout his set at Woodstock with Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969, and he later wrote "Green River" and "Travelin' Band" on that very same guitar. In spite of the instrument's notoriety in Fogerty's arsenal, it left his grasp sooner or later within the '70s when he gave it away to 2 youngsters who used to hold across the band in San Francisco. His spouse, Julie, finally tracked it down and shocked him with it for Christmas one yr.

This was one of many many tales Fogerty informed for an intimate crowd on Tuesday night time (March 19) at New York's Electric Lady Studios, the place he belted out just a few CCR hits -- together with "Who'll Stop The Rain," which he wrote about Woodstock and performed on that Rickenbacker -- and shared his reminiscences of the competition whereas celebrating Woodstock 50, the subsequent chapter of its legacy.

In addition to the announcement of the Woodstock 50 lineup, Fogerty's efficiency and a spirited set from Common -the 2 artists who will be a part of Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, The Killers, Chance The Rapper and extra over the weekend of Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. -- spoke on the competition's place in widespread tradition and its relevancy in 2019. Michael Lang, who produced the unique Woodstock and its golden anniversary occasion, joined them in dialog, as did Andy Bernstein, who based, a corporation that makes it straightforward and accessible for patrons to register to vote at festivals and different stay music occasions.

Common, although born in 1972, burdened that Woodstock was his "first consciousness of a competition," and that Jimi Hendrix -- who performed Woodstock, and constructed the studio wherein this dialog came about -- was an enormous affect on him. When requested about how he felt in regards to the competition's embrace of hip-hop, he was adamant in his approval and praised Lang for taking a web page from his youngsters' playbook. (Lang credited his youngsters for introducing him to Chance The Rapper, particularly.)

But Fogerty was the star of the night between the information, songs and storytelling, the peace of mind that the brand new iteration of Woodstock will embrace essential points -- and the expertise -- of the unique. Introducing himself as "the man who adopted the Grateful Dead" and sporting a royal blue jacket emblazoned with Woodstock-inspired embroidery, he recalled his late night time set on the competition and threw in an impression of the Dead's stage banter for good measure.

As Lang had earlier within the chat, he burdened the connection between Woodstock and the way it supplied solidarity and the spirit of activism for these in search of it in a second of nice political upheaval. Sharing his personal experiences dwelling as a young person who was drafted into the Army reserve in the course of the Vietnam War, he related the dots between that fractured second in American historical past and the present one we're dwelling in -- which, in flip, strengthened the ties between the motivation for Woodstock and that of Woodstock 50.

The competition's mission hasn't modified in half a century, even when the context on this planet round it has -- however fortunately Fogerty might be there to howl by "Fortunate Son" at a Woodstock that's acquired one foot prior to now and the opposite standing proudly within the current.