Roger Daltrey is adamant that the Who will not be on the bill for this summer’s 50th anniversary concerts celebrating Woodstock. So far, there are dueling events in the planning, with original organizer Michael Lang set to roll out the plans for the official Woodstock Ventures LC celebration in the coming weeks. On August 16th, 17th, and 18th, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Sullivan County, New York will host Live Nation’s “Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival,” which is being described as a “pan-generational music, culture, and community event” complete with food, live music, “TED-style talks,” along with a museum at the center chronicling the history of the original 1969 festival.
Michael Lang was quoted by BrooklynVegan.com as saying, “While the original site in Bethel remains close to our hearts, it no longer has the capacity to hold a real Woodstock Festival. I’m delighted that Bethel Woods is doing events in the coming year to celebrate what we brought to life in 1969.”
As far as Roger Daltrey is concerned, come August, fans shouldn’t be looking for the Who at either of the 50th anniversary events: “I haven’t heard anything, no. August in America is too hot for me to work in anymore. Since my Meningitis, my (body) thermostat’s gone up a creep and I can’t work in extreme heat anymore. I mean, you can’t re-do Woodstock, because the star of Woodstock was the audience. Well, most of them are probably dead by now, I don’t know (laughs). Law of averages, probably 50 percent of them are dead, anyway. You can’t re-do it — you can celebrate the dates.”
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