UPDATE: Poughkeepsie Journal:
Michael Lang, a resident of Ulster County who played the key role in staging the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Sullivan County, said minutes ago that no plans have been confirmed for any concert marking the 40th anniversary of the famous music event held in Sullivan County.
“We’re exploring several options,” Lang told the Journal. “But nothing is confirmed.”
The Internet has been abuzz with reports of two Woodstock anniversary concerts, one in New York and one at Berlin’s Templehof airport Aug. 22–23.
Lang said these are “rumors” and “not grounded in fact.”
A spokeswoman for Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a performing arts center built on the site in Sullivan County where Woodstock was held in 1969, said the 40th anniversary of Woodstock will be celebrated throughout the summer concert season. There is currently nothing confirmed at Bethel Woods for the Woodstock anniversary weekend, Aug. 15–16.
The Rock Radio (via Fark):
Chief Woodstock promoter Michael Lang is planning two free Woodstock concerts in Berlin, Germany and in New York in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original 1969 festival. According to the press release, the New York show still doesn’t have a venue, but will take place on the actual 40th anniversary of August 15th and 16th. The Berlin show will take place at the now-closed Tempelhof Airport on August 22nd and August 23rd.
Lang and his partners are hoping to snag some of the original participants that performed at Yasgur’s Farm back in ‘69, including Santana, the Who, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Grateful Dead, Country Joe and the Fish, as well as current top acts.
Adolf Hitler’s favourite airport is to host a tribute show to mark the 40th anniversary of peace and love festival Woodstock.
Berlin’s Tempelhof airport will stage a Live Aid-style satellite link-up with the US concert for the flower power tribute in August with bands Santana, Joe Cocker, The Who, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Grateful Dead and Joan Baez .
But the show’s location has hit a sour note with some music fans.
“This airport was one of the Nazis’ strongholds,” said one. “There’s not much peace and love to be found there.”