Friday, August 16, 2019

Woodstock Live Update - Day 2

Woodstock, Live. Transcript – 8.16.69


It’s the afternoon of August 16th. Late last night my crew and I headed back to the AM van to get out of the rain, which has turned all of Yasgur’s Farm into mud. This afternoon, John Sebastian from the Lovin’ Spoonful played an all acoustic set because everything was so wet he couldn’t use his his electric guitar. As he finished up, the sun made an effort, but as you can hear, it’s really coming down again.

I’ll keep you posted as the day goes on, Canned Heat up next, can’t wait for that, then Mountain, the Grateful Dead and Creedence Clearwater…

…Due to the rain, Canned Heat didn’t come on until until 7:30 tonight with an hour long set that included “Up the Country” and a rousing finale with “On the Road Again.” I’m gonna try to find someplace to warm up a little bit; most of the crew has gone back to the van. Me, I’m like a kid in a candy store. I don’t wanna miss a thing…

…Well, I couldn’t believe this - I didn’t walk 50 paces until I came upon what seemed like a moderately sized tent with a crowd of people that could have been the Hatfields and the McCoy‘s. Hatfield was out front barbecuing. I guess I looked hungry, so they invited me in. Inside was a pleasant environment with feather beds all over the floor. This is really the spirit of Woodstock.


You may hear Creedence in the background with Janis on deck. Credence didn’t come on until 12:30 AM, about five hours later than expected and I guess Janis is going to come on at 2 o’clock or so, something like that. Doesn’t matter, the crowd is electric. After a slow start yesterday, kind of a mellow afternoon, today’s festivities are just overwhelming. Wait, listen up. My host, you know, Hatfield, is playing guitar…

…I fell asleep on the floor here in the Hatfield’s tent, I just woke up; it’s almost 6am. The Who is up on stage. I missed most of the set, but now they’re playing “My Generation.” Seems to be the encore. I was going to head outside and watch the end of the act but it has just started raining hard once again. I’m going to hang tight here, warm and dry, until Jefferson Airplane…

…Well, this is fantastic, folks. It’s at the Jefferson Airplane in one of the best moments of Woodstock so far. Just when you thought that their time had passed, here was the most electrifying sets of the night. I say night, but it’s nearing 8 o’clock in the morning. The sun is up once again and I do indeed mean the sun, and not just hazy gray mist. A great set by the Airplane that begain with “Somebody to Love” then “3/5 of a Mile In 10 seconds” and a crowd pleasing rendition of “Volunteers.” “White Rabbit” was of course the morning’s highlight, despite the sound system and the rain and mud, and I am starving. Still there’s just an incredible amount of enthusiasm from the crowd and a great performance by Grace Slick, Paul Kanter and Marty Balin; just an incredible performance. Have I said incredible enough yet?

Tomorrow, guys it’s Joe Cocker. Let me tell you, the audience is in for it. Most of them never having heard Joe Cocker. What a performer. Then we’ve got a stellar lineup that includes Country Joe and the Fish, Ten Years After, The Band, Johnny Winter, Blood, Sweat and Tears and finally, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Join me tomorrow, guys, live at Woodstock. Back to you in the studio.

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