Dead & Company Pulls Out Of Woodstock 50

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Dead & Company will no longer headline the troubled Woodstock 50 festival that is purportedly going to be held at Merriweather Park Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on August 16 – 18. Fellow headliner Jay-Z also reportedly backed out of the event marking the 50th anniversary of the original 1969 Woodstock music festival.

Citing “a source close to the band,” Dead & Company’s canceled appearance was confirmed by Rolling Stone. According to the Associated Press, “Jay-Z will no longer close the three-day festival.”

The Black Keys backed out of their appearance at Woodstock 50 in April. Billboard reported that all of the artists on the previously announced lineup have been released from their Woodstock 50 contracts.

John Fogerty confirmed he will not perform at Woodstock 50, his representative stating, “John Fogerty knows where he will be for the anniversary weekend of Woodstock. At only one site … At the original one – the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.” Fogerty is slated to appear on August 18 as part of the Woodstock 50th anniversary celebration taking place near the original 1969 site in Bethel, New York. That three-day event’s lineup includes Santana performing on August 17 and Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band on August 16.

Woodstock 50 organizers, including Woodstock 1969 co-organizer Michael Lang, initially sought to host the 50th anniversary celebration at Watkins Glen International race track in Watkins Glen, New York. When that site was not approved to host Woodstock 50, a failed attempt was made to move to Vernon Downs in Vernon, New York. Recent months have seen investors, promoters and other entities also back out of Woodstock 50.

“Woodstock 50 approached Merriweather about hosting their event here in Columbia, Md.,” Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and operator of Merriweather Post Pavilion stated. “The Woodstock folks are working on securing the artists now. If the bands come, we’ll produce the show. We’re looking forward to getting an update as soon as Woodstock 50 has one.”

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