Woodstock 50 has sent the heads of attendees for a spin over the last few weeks after rumors of its cancellation surfaced from investment company Dentsu, only to be denied by the festival’s co-founder Michael Lang a short while later.
It’s got so many people confused, even John Mayer, who was announced as part of the lineup with Dead & Company, apparently has no idea if he’ll be performing at the show.
On Andy Cohen’s SiriumXM show Radio Andy, he revealed he’s just as confused as we are about the whole thing.
“I was on the bill to some extent, being in Dead & Company, but I’m as much of a spectator as anyone else is to this wildness,” he says. “I was told it’s not happening, but every time I hear someone say like, well, there’s only one person still saying, ‘No, it’s going to go [on].’
“It reminds me of the scene in [Monty Python And The Holy Grail] where the knight is now missing the arm and the leg, and he’s hopping up and down saying, ‘It’s just a flesh wound,’” he continued. “If those guys end up going, I will go, but it seems to me now, ‘It’s just a flesh wound,’ and blood is spurting everywhere.”
So at least we’re not the only ones. You can listen to the entire interview below.
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Then, last week, in a letter sent to Dentsu President and CEO and allegedly obtained by TMZ, Lang revealed he had concerns from the very beginning about a large company coming on board with Woodstock’s revival.
Lang claims Dentsu blocked ticket sales back in April, began interfering with the talent lineup and reportedly went as far as to tell acts that if they backed out of the festival, Dentsu would help them land a gig at the 2020 Summer Olympics instead.
The co-founder also believes Dentsu was pocketing the festival’s money claiming they “illegally swept approximately $17 million from the festival bank account leaving the festival in peril.”
However, despite the roller coaster Woodstock 50 has experienced over the last few weeks, Lang has continued to thank fans for their support and states the festival will continue.
“Thank you Woodstock Nation! To the more than 100,000 of you who have responded to our situation with support and solidarity… a heartfelt ‘thank you’. Our intention holds firm. To deliver a world-class, once-in-a-lifetime festival to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. To honor a cultural icon that changed the way we think about music and togetherness… and will do so again. We’re in this together, as reflected by your words of support.”
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When the festival was announced, it received major backlash or their recent shift in genre. Additionally, many folks believe the festival has strayed from its roots and become a cash-grab of sorts.
Woodstock’s 50th anniversary festival was set to welcome Woodstock-era staples such as Dead & Company, Santana, John Fogerty and Robert Plant And The Sensational Shape Shifters. Additionally, other bands that will definitely ring a bell to scene enthusiasts include Fever 333, Bishop Briggs, grandson and boygenius.
The festival was going to take place on the 50th anniversary of the classic Woodstock. You can check out what would have been the full lineup for the festival here.
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