Woodstock Organizer Plotting 50th Anniversary Concert for 2019

Michael Lang in early stages of semicentennial celebration

Michael Lang
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May 30, 2014 1:50 PM ET

While organizers of the original Woodstock have no plans to celebrate the landmark festival's 45th anniversary this August, the festival's promoter Michael Lang has revealed plans for a possible 50th anniversary concert in 2019.

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"I think we’re certainly done until the 50th," Lang tells Rolling Stone. "We’re starting to think about it now." While details are understandably scarce — a band forming tomorrow could conceivably be big enough to headline the 2019 festival by that point — Lang says he is exploring various locations.

The original incarnation of Woodstock occurred August 15th through 18th, 1969 in Bethel, NY and featured more than 30 acts performing for more than 400,000 people. The festival spawned two official "sequels." Woodstock 1994, billed as "Two More Days of Peace and Music," featured Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Candlebox alongside alumni of the original gathering. Five years later, Woodstock 1999 echoed Altamont more than its more peaceful predecessor, as the festival was marred with riots, arson and four alleged instances of rape.

Other events, including Woodstock '79, a rock concert that took place at Madison Square Garden, and the so-called forgotten Woodstock in 1989, which featured Wavy Gravy, Jimi Hendrix's father Al and local Woodstock performers, were also staged, but not organized by Lang.

In 2009, Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat and Ten Years After embarked on the Heroes of Woodstock tour to celebrate the festival's 40th anniversary. The Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian, Edgar Winter, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Country Joe Mcdonald also appeared on various stops of the tour.

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