Woodstock Stocked With Wood
Yep, Jimmy, the Woodstock 40th Anniversary concert lineup couldn’t bore me more.
Country Joe McDonald will host, and the other performers include Canned Heat, Jefferson Starship, Ten Years After, John Sebastian, Melanie, Levon Helm, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Grateful Dead’s Tom Constanten, and maybe Richie Havens.
So, at the risk of upsetting geriatric hippies everywhere, I wouldn’t walk across the street to see most of those groups except for Havens, who’s still going pretty strong, and Helm, who’s feeble these days but hanging in there with his down-home band.
As for the rest, talk about a bunch of one-hit wonders…
Country Joe’s “Feel Like I’m Fixing To Die Rag” was greatness, but he was an annoying ass back then and is probably more so now, if he’s even able to function after all the acid he took.
Nope, I just checked out Country Joe’s website and he looks fried. Here’s the first thing you see in big letters: “Welcome to my home on the web. I’m a singer and songwriter, I used to be in Country Joe & The Fish, and I live in Berkley, California.”
That’s good, Country Joe, now stomp your foot twice and bark and you’ll get a cookie.
Melanie was cool with her “Brand New Key” song. I loved that song. I was 10 in 1969.
The real Grateful Dead is dead. I’m not grateful about that but I guess they are.
Most of the rest weren’t very good in their primes, so how likely is it that they sound worth a crap now? I can only hope they’ve practiced a lot in the past four decades.
Let’s see, if Canned Heat rehearsed twice a week for 40 years…that would be 104 rehearsals a year… times 40…equals 4,160 rehearsals. Surely they’ve learned to sing in tune by now.