WOODSTOCK'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY 1999
HERE ARE ALL OF THE SONGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE FESTIVAL OVER THE THREE DAYS.
This is neat to find. Before the festival, Woodstock had this promo on WNEW in NYC.
Woodstock '99 was supposed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of "peace, love and happiness." Instead, the Rome, New York festival earned the infamous distinction of "the day the Nineties died." There were tons of contributing factors that made the fest the anti-Woodstock: Organizers trying to wring every last dollar from festival goers from exorbitant ticket prices to costly water bottles, a festival site built atop hot tarmac in late-July heat, a poorly curated and scheduled lineup and an angry, aggressive crowd that left a charred festival site and sexual assaults in its wake.
Add to this, Insane Clown Posse created a little mayhem during their set at Woodstock '99. Performing on the East Stage on Friday night before George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic, ICP was the first act to incite the crowd "by throwing $100 bills into the audience and watching gleefully while a melee ensued," the San Francisco Examiner reported. Considering how expensive water was at the fest, and how personal pan pizzas were $12, it's not surprising those Benjamins created such a ruckus.
Perhaps no one tried to conjure up the spirit of Woodstock '69 as much as Wyclef Jean. Unfortunately, he failed miserably. In addition to performing a "Jailhouse Rock"-like improv about Woodstock, Wyclef also spent much of his 35-minute set doing a really awful Jimi Hendrix impression, from noodling with a guitar behind his head to trying to light that guitar on fire. (Okay, that was a nod to Jimi's famed Monterey gig, not Woodstock, but still.) However, Wyclef's attempt at recreating Jimi Hendrix's celebrated guitar rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from Woodstock '69 was an act of desecration almost on par with Rage Against the Machine burning an American flag.
"At one point I saw this girl, a very petite girl, maybe 100 pounds, who was body-surfing above the crowd and either fell in or was pulled into a circle in the mosh pit," volunteer David Schneider told MTV. "These gentlemen, probably in the 25–32 age range, looked as though they were holding her down. They were holding her arms; you could see she was struggling." That gang rape occurred during Korn's set. According to reports, even more sexual assaults took place during Limp Bizkit, after Fred Durst infamously incited the crowd with "Break Stuff." A police investigator told the Washington Post that two men cornered a 24-year-old woman from Pittsburgh in the mosh pit, "assaulting her with their fingers and 'some type of foreign object' before one of them raped her." The police report read: "Due to the congestion of the crowd, she felt that if she yelled for help or fought, she feared she was going to be beaten." The men were never apprehended. While only a handful of sexual assaults relayed to law enforcement, many more went unreported. In the bedlam following Limp Bizkit's set, from the stage, someone — an emcee or organizer — pleaded, "Please, there are people hurt out there. They are your brothers and sisters. They are under the towers. Please, help the medical team get them out of there. We can't continue the show until we get these dear people out of there. We have a really serious situation out there," a stark contrast to "the brown acid that is circulating around us isn't too good" announcement 30 years earlier. Of the 44 people arrested at Woodstock '99, only one was charged with sexual assault.