With lineup set, Woodstock tix go on sale tomorrow

June 14, 1994|By J. D. Considine | J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic

In Tuesday's edition of The Sun, it was incorrectly reported that Bob Dylan performed at the original Woodstock festival.

The Sun regrets the error.

After weeks of rumor and speculation, the Woodstock '94 lineup is finally in place, and it includes everything from Bob Dylan to Aerosmith. Woodstock '94 is slated for Aug. 13 and 14 in Saugerties, N.Y., and tickets are set to go on sale tomorrow.

For the most part, the music at Woodstock '94 tends more to the new than to the nostalgic. Included on the bill are such alternative rock stalwarts as Peter Gabriel, the Cranberries, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rollins Band, Green Day and Porno for Pyros.

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Several of the artists who performed at the original Woodstock festival also will be on hand. Dylan is probably the most noteworthy of this group, but there also will be performances by Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and Santana.

Also on the bill is Aerosmith, whose Steven Tyler attended the last Woodstock as an audience member, not a performer.

The range of music on tap will extend well beyond rock, however. There will be rap acts Cypress Hill and Arrested Development, reggae acts, such as Jimmy Cliff's All-Star Reggae Jam (which will include Rita Marley and Shabba Ranks), even country legend Johnny Cash.

Rounding out the schedule are Alice in Chains, the Allman Brothers Band, Melissa Etheridge (who has promised to include a Janis Joplin tribute in her performance), the Neville Brothers and Spin Doctors.

Some of the acts may seem a little out-of-place to those expecting another two days of peace in their music. Metallica will be on hand, ready to hammer out another couple of choruses of "Creeping Death," and so will the cheerfully abrasive Nine Inch Nails, a group guaranteed to annoy most listeners over 40.

Not that there won't be ways of avoiding unpalatable music. With two stages on the 840-acre site, bands will perform simultaneously. There's no word on who plays when as yet, but each artist will perform a full set. In addition to the music, there will be an "Eco-Village," featuring informational booths from a range of socially conscious organizations (a feature pioneered not at Woodstock but at the Lollapalooza festivals), as well as something dubbed the "Interactive Village."

One thing the promoters are trying hard not to have is the kind of massive traffic jam that marked the beginning of the first Woodstock festival.

To that end, the first tickets to go on sale will be bus-ticket packages, in which purchasers will receive both a ticket to the show and transportation by bus to the festival site. According to a press release issued by the Woodstock organizers, those traveling by bus "will have the only direct access to the Woodstock '94 site."

Bus packages go on sale at 3 p.m. tomorrow in 18 markets, including Baltimore. The number to call is (800) 775-0278. At press time, there was no word on how much bus package tickets would cost.

Information on bus departure times and locations will be included with the tickets, which will be shipped via overnight delivery.

Fans outside of bus range may arrange air travel packages through Tzell Travel & Tours by calling (800) ROCK-AIR. These packages include flights from 18 selected cities, and then bus transportation from area airports directly to the concert site. Air package tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Remaining tickets are tentatively scheduled to go on sale June 26 through Ticketmaster. In order to promote car-pooling, these tickets -- which will cost $135 each -- will be sold only in blocks of four, with one car parking pass per block. Satellite parking with shuttle buses to the Woodstock site are planned. There will be no car parking on the Woodstock site itself.

All ticket-buyers will have access to on-site camping facilities (nude bathing is optional). Those wishing additional information may call the Woodstock '94 Hotline, (212) ROK-1994.

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