When the Woodstock 50 lineup came out earlier this month, attendees of Woodstock music festivals of yesteryear were triggered by good and not-so-good memories of their past experiences.
“[At Woodstock 1999], it wasn’t the best idea having a lot of aggressive bands play in a row on the same stage. Limp Bizkit to Rage Against the Machine to Metallica was pretty rough,” Chris Spear, who was 23 back then, told ONE37pm 20 years later. “The last day when people were rioting, breaking into souvenir trucks and lighting things on fire, that was scary. People started fires during the Red Hot Chili Peppers set. When we saw police dressed in riot gear coming in, we got out.”
The original Woodstock festival took place in 1969 and has often been regarded as one of the most pivotal cultural moments in music history for its influence on rock ’n’ roll and future festivals. As Woodstock 50 marks the event’s 50th anniversary, it’s hard not to remember what went down 20 years ago during the festival’s 30th anniversary, an event that was tainted by violence and sexual misconduct.
Curious about Woodstock ’99, ONE37pm found a music fan who attended Woodstock that year to ask him about his memories, to have him compare this year’s lineup to that year’s and to create dream pairings of artists from then and now.