But will you trust it next year?

Rock: Woodstock, at 30, gears itself to flower children's children.

April 09, 1999|By J.D. Considine | J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC

Three decades after the original "three days of love, peace and music," a third Woodstock Festival will take place in upstate New York, it was announced yesterday. But this event, which runs July 23-25, will take place at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y. -- not Woodstock or even Saugerties, where the 25th anniversary Woodstock was held in 1994.

Moreover, with headliners including Alanis Morissette, Metallica, Ice Cube and the Dave Matthews Band, the festival is intended for an audience that wasn't born when the first festival took place and may not have been old enough to attend the second.

"This is a festival designed for 17- to 24-year-olds, not people in their 40s and 50s," said promoter John Scher.

So far, the festival lineup consists of Aerosmith, Bush, the Chemical Brothers, George Clinton, Collective Soul, Counting Crows, Creed, Sheryl Crow, DMX, Everlast, Fatboy Slim, Foo Fighters, Guster, Ice Cube, Jewel, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Live, Los Lobos, the Matthews Band, Metallica, moe., Morissette, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, Sugar Ray, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rusted Root, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, the Offspring, and the Tragically Hip. Another half-dozen acts are expected to be added later.

None of the artists who performed at the first Woodstock are in the current lineup, although organizers say they're in negotiations with two alumni from Woodstock's Class of '69. Several performers from the '94 lineup are in the current roster, including Aerosmith, Metallica and Crow.

At a press conference yesterday, producer Michael Lang -- one of the organizers of the original festival -- admitted that there's some irony in holding a Woodstock anniversary show at a former Air Force base. The first festival was seen as part of the anti-war movement, while Griffiss, a staging point for B-52 bombers, was clearly part of the war effort.

"This is great poetic justice," said Lang of the location.

Holding the show at Griffiss is also extremely practical. Unlike previous Woodstock sites, Griffiss has sufficient infrastructure -- including sewage, power, hospital and paved parking -- to accommodate the 250,000 people expected to attend. There is a 240-acre park for camping and sufficient space to put the fest's two stages a mile apart.

Griffiss also has a 12-foot, steel-reinforced fence surrounding the entire perimeter. Organizers made it clear that there would be no way for fans to take down the fence and sneak into the concert, as thousands did in '94.

Travel packages for the three-day festival go on sale April 18. Bus packages departing from 17 major U.S. cities ($249.99 and up) will be available through TicketMaster at 212-397-7474 -- local outlets will not be selling tickets -- or online at http: //www.ticketmaster.com. Air-travel packages will be available through Target Sport Adventures at 800-832-4242.

Individual tickets go on sale April 25. Only three-day tickets are being sold, for $150 plus tax and a $5 parking fee. Further information, see is available online at http: //www.woodstock.com.

Pub Date: 4/09/99

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