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Mar202019

Woodstock 50 press event featured Q&A with festival producer Michael Lang, John Fogerty and Common

ABC RadioThe lineup for Woodstock 50, the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival, was announced at a special event held Tuesday night at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The press gathering featured a Q&A with festival producer Michael Lang and two artists that will be performing at the three-day extravaganza -- ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty and rapper Common.

Lang noted that even though 50 years have passed, the U.S. is currently dealing with issues similar to those it faced when the original Woodstock fest was held.

"[We were concerned then with] racial divides and care for the environment and women's rights," Lang maintained. "Now we have Black Lives Matter and the Me Too movement and climate deniers, and another ***hole in the White House."

Fogerty, whose old band performed at Woodstock in 1969, explained that one reason why he's taking part in the new festival is he likes the idea of marking the anniversary.

"I'm very glad I'm able to be here 50 years later celebrating it," John noted. "I hope to have a great time. I'm gonna be playing most of the same songs that I played then."

As for Common, who wasn't born when the first Woodstock took place in 1969, said he liked the fact that this year's event will feature artists from a wide range of genres and eras.

"[I]t's a broad spectrum of what really this country and this world's supposed to be," he maintained, "and anybody who loves music or loves love can go and appreciate it."

Speaking with ABC Radio after the Q&A, Lang revealed that plans are in place to stream Woodstock 50 online, and that there are also discussions about capturing the event for a concert film and/or documentary.

Asked whether all the artists he'd hoped would play the festival had signed on, Lang said, "Pretty much, yeah. I mean, there were a few artists that weren't available…but I can't imagine a better lineup, frankly. I think it's amazing."

To end the press event, attendees were treated to performances by Fogerty and Common. Fogerty played four classic CCR tunes -- "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Fortunate Son."

Woodstock 50 is scheduled for August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York. Visit Woodstock.com to check out the full lineup and event detail.

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