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Sunday, August 28, 2005
 

Lists: Woodstock 1994 Performers

Woodstock 1994


I was going to compile a comprehensive setlist for Woodstock 1994 and found the information extraordinarily difficult to come by, to my surprise. So for now, we'll have to make do with a list of performers.

To recap:

Billed as "Three more days of Peace and Music", Woodstock 1994 was derided by cynical Baby Boomers as a 25th anniversary commercialized rip-off of the original event, which it was, but they also missed the point of the event in the minds of Generation X. Like the original, it was also an opportunity to celebrate the bands of a generation, and the culture of a generation, and the youth of a generation. It did feature a dizzying array of talent, and helped put a lot of significant alternative rock bands on the map. In retrospect, it also shares with Woodstock 69 a certain wistfulness; an end of an era although nobody knew it at the time. And it rained like a mother, just like for the original, earning Woodstock '94 the nickname, "Mudstock". No, it wasn't a culturally important moment in history; but a lot of attendees seemed to enjoy it anyway.

The concert was held at Winston Farm, at the intersection of Route 212 and Route 32 in Saugerties, NY. Estimates put attendance at between 235,000 and 350,000 for the Friday, August 12, 1994 to Sunday, August 14, 1994 event. Three of the original Woddstock 1969 promoters were involved: Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman and John Roberts, co-owners of Woodstock Ventures, plus John Scher, president of PolyGram Diversified Ventures.

Not repeating mistakes of the past, Woodstock '94 set a record for the largest collection of portable toilets with over 3000 port-a-potties. The price for tickets in 1969 was $18 for all three days, in 1994, the price for tickets was $135. However one mistake was repeated: an estimated 150,000 people attended without buying tickets.

At the same time as the "official" Woodstock 94 festival, 15,000 people met at the site of the original Woodstock in Bethel, NY. Impromptu, free shows were given by Melanie, Sha Na Na, Arlo Guthrie, and David Amram, as well as as a number of local bands.

The soundtrack currently sells for 35 cents via Amazon (get it here!) and the video hasn't yet made it to DVD; but that's selling it short. As a cross generational music festival, it was a good one.

Complete list of performers, Woodstock 1994:

Aerosmith
Allman Brothers Band
Arrested Development
The Band
Blind Melon
Blues Traveler
Candlebox
Johnny Cash
Jimmy Cliff's All Star Reggae Jam (with Rita Marley & Shabba Ranks)
Joe Cocker
Collective Soul
Counting Crows
The Cranberries
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Sheryl Crow
Country Joe McDonald (with the Fugs)
Cypress Hill
Del Amitri
Bob Dylan
Melissa Etheridge
Peter Gabriel
Green Day
Jackyl
King's X
Live
Metallica
Neville Brothers
Nine Inch Nails
Orleans
Paul Rodgers Band (with Neal Schon and Andy Fraser)
Porno for Pyros
Primus
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rollins Band
Todd Rundgren
Salt-N-Pepa
Santana
Sisters of Glory: Thelma Houston, CeCe Peniston, Phoebe Snow, Mavis Staples, Lois Walden
Spin Doctors
Sweetwater
Traffic
Violent Femmes
Youssou N'Dour
Zucchero

The original Kiss was offered $1 million to reunite for the festival, but declined.



     

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