As Woodstock 50 takes a step forward, by securing itself a venue at the Merriweather Post Pavillion right outside of Baltimore Maryland, it takes a few steps back, as two prominent artists have dropped out due to the venue change. Original Woodstock artist John Fogerty and Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z have both dropped out of the festival since this news has been released.
While Jay-Z’s camp has remained relatively quiet about explaining why he was backing out of the festival, Fogerty’s representatives released a statement about why he left. This statement explained Fogerty’s desire to play at the festival’s original site at the Bethel Woods Center For The Arts.
“John Fogerty knows where he will be for the anniversary weekend of Woodstock. At only one site… at the original one – the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts,” the statement read according to Variety. “As (Fogerty) says in his song ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain,’ written upon returning from Woodstock – ‘No More Confusion On The Ground.’ When John took the call from the organizers in 1969 and was asked to play a festival called Woodstock,’ John accepted.”
They went on to discuss how he was the first acts to sign up for the original festival, and although he will not be attending the latest festival, he is planning to hold a show there in honor of its 50th anniversary August 18.
The rest of his statement reads:
“He and his band were the first act to sign up for the festival leading other iconic bands to follow… So now, 50 years later, John is going back to the original site where his name appears on a plaque commemorating that weekend. John will celebrate his own 50th Anniversary as well as Woodstock’s, together at Bethel on August 18. Back at the original site that he stepped foot on 50 years ago, nearly to the day!”
This is the latest hurdle in a series of setbacks that has been plaguing the Woodstock 50 festival, that began when ticket sales for the festival were postponed. Eventually the organizer accused its investors Dentsu, of embezzlement, which caused the investors, to pull out their funding in return, while the venue and event producers cut ties with the venue, after the organizers failed to make a $150,000 payment for the venue.