Woodstock 50 Billboard’s Best Performances From the 1969


Original Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang said the suggestion that his 50th anniversary event was being canceled was “just more rumors,” a month after denying it was in trouble.

The organisers of this year’s Woodstock 50 festival have responded to rumours that the festival might not be going ahead.
Fears were raised after ticket sales for the event were postponed without reason. An email was sent to ticket agents on Friday (April 19) informing them that ticket sales for the event were currently “on hold.”


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  Ten Years After

Though “Going Home” is what lives on in split-screen glory in the film, the British blues-rock troupe played five other songs during an eclectic hour on stage, showing its ensemble strength beyond Alvin Lee’s lightning-fingered guitar heroics.

  Creedence Clearwater Revival

In the midst of a hit-filled three-album run, CCR was able to load its set up with favorites such as “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Green River.” “Keep on Chooglin'” and “Suzie Q,” meanwhile, showed that the quartet could jam with plenty of fire, too.

 Sha Na Na

What exactly were a bunch of Columbia University students, dressed up like ’50s greasers while playing Danny and the Juniors, doing at Woodstock? Entertaining those that remained into Monday morning, of course, with enough crazy choreography to make any festival-goer surmise that those hand-out sandwiches may well have be.

 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

The quartet’s second show suffered a bit for the late hour (3:30 a.m. Monday) and its own nervousness (“We’re scared shitless,” Stephen Stills told the crowd), but the blend of acoustic and electric sets was a key part of launching a supergroup that would go on to great, and mythological, heights.

 Joe Cocker

Not many knew who the British singer was when he and his Grease Band opened Sunday’s portion of the festival. By the time Cocker finished with his indelible, spasmodic take on the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” no one could forget him.

4. The Who

Tommy in its near-entirety, for a start. Pete Townshend whacking Abbie Hoffman off the stage with his guitar for a second. You couldn’t ask for a more eventful performance, with bookend rarities (“Heaven and Hell,” “Naked Eye”) that sometimes get lost in the shuffle.

 Jimi Hendrix


With a new and under-rehearsed band, Hendrix’s closing set was admittedly shambolic. But if anyone could pull something worthwhile out of such circumstances, it was Hendrix. And turning “The Star-Spangled Banner” into a psychedelic opus ensured that it would be legendary, regardless of any other shortcomings.

 Sly & the Family Stone

The rainbow coalition group from San Francisco wanted to take Woodstock higher, and it did with a nine-song, wee-hours performance that brought Woodstock to life as assuredly as any good DJ does at a late-night rave in current times.


The element of surprise gave this other Bay Area troupe an edge on Saturday afternoon. Some knew Carlos Santana from The Live Adventures of Michael Bloomfield and Al Kooper, but the release of his own band’s debut album was still a couple of weeks off. But the sextet killed it, putting some rocket fuel into a career that’s still paying dividends 50 years later.





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