Published Mar 23, 2009Festival organizers have shed some light on what may or may not go down at the 40th anniversary edition of Woodstock, which at this point is "speculative" and likely to be driven by corporate sponsorship.
While speaking to Billboard, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang said the festival would be a free event and likely held in NYC this summer. However, he added that the event would need a hefty chunk of cash from sponsors if it hopes to go on.
"It's free, but it costs a lot of money," Lang explained. "That's kind of what we're in the middle of right now. Depending on how successful we are in raising that sponsorship [money] will determine when and how we do this event - or if we do this event, frankly."
He also went on to say that he wanted the festival to be an environmentally-friendly event and get "back to its roots."
"There would be a lot of legacy bands - the Who, Santana, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker maybe," he said. "And it would be people like Steve Earle and Ben Harper. There's certainly room for the [Red Hot] Chili Peppers and Dave Matthews... That would be the shape of the music."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers also played the disastrous Woodstock '99, which descended into violence and forced police to enter the festival grounds to quell rampant rioting. Lang, however, said he didn't think Woodstock's reputation was tarnished by the 1999 event.
"I think it always hearkens back to the '69 event, somehow," he said. "When people think [of Woodstock], they don't think '99 or '94. They think [of] the '69 event. I think  has its ramifications, but I don't think it did any real damage in that sense."
Contrary to our previous report, Lang said news of a Woodstock festival in Berlin was "premature" but "still is kind of a thought."