Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, Santana, the Doobie Brothers, the Edgar Winter Band, and Arlo Guthrie have signed on to appear at the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock festival at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The three-day event, which is a scaled back version of what was originally intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, will take place at the 15,000-seat shed in Bethel, New York, which sits on the land where the original 1969 festival was held.
Relix.com reported: “The celebration’s main event will kick off with a screening of the Oscar-winning documentary, Woodstock: ‘The Director’s Cut’ on August 15th. The following day, August 16th, will include performances by Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, Arlo Guthrie, and the Edgar Winter Band. August 17th will feature sets by Santana and the Doobie Brothers.” The festivities for August 18th are still to be announced.
Ringo Starr told us that although he’s nothing but proud of his Beatles days and all the good that came along with it, he lives for the now and doesn’t feel the need to relive the group’s history: “I did all that in the ‘60s. We are The Beatles, we made those records, and now we’re ‘Ringo,’ and I do what I do now, y’know? That’s how it is. Y’know, I don’t sit here, y’know, dwellin’ on the past. I’m trying, like, to get on with today. That’s what I do.”
Carlos Santana told us that that 1969 Woodstock festival was one of the high points in his life — as well as a high point in the history of mankind: “It was a great celebration, the same feeling that you got when you saw the Berlin Wall come down. It’s an affirmation that all is one. All of my memories of Woodstock are extremely positive. People saw different things, but I saw a unification of spirit that wanted to celebrate certain values and ideals. I read that hippies were reincarnated American Indians, and that’s how I always look at hippies.”
Original Woodstock veteran Arlo Guthrie told us that he’s all for mass celebrations like the assorted Woodstock festivals: “And I think that’s terrific. And, y’know, any chance you can get to do that, people ought to do it. But we ought to do more of it. We shouldn’t be, y’know, fighting about who’s getting paid what to do this and that and there’s so much going on between all that, that sometimes, you end up where it’s only worth doing once every 25 (laughs) years!”
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