The Star-Telegram review of last night’s Woodstock reunion concert at Bass Hall boasted a promising headline – “Woodstock tribute is hippie heaven: The Heroes of Woodstock delivered a remarkably proficient set of engaging mini-concerts.”
And yet, Andrew Marton’s actual review doesn’t sound rosy at all.
According to him, opening act Edgar Winter’s instrumental “Frankenstein” was the high water mark. Which sounds like he’s saying it was all downhill from there.
He described Canned Heat as a “more languid alternative” to Winter, which sounds like review-speak for “a let down.”
Ten Years After fared even worse. Marton said they “played all the right notes but seemed rudderless” without original lead guitarist and singer Alvin Lee. Which is really scary, since Lee’s performance at the original Woodstock is almost unlistenable, unless you like hearing a crazed speedfreak play a bunch of sloppy, super-fast nonsense on electric guitar.
Marton dubbed Country Joe McDonald the “evening’s unsung hero” for serenading the crowd between acts, but noted that he was wearing “incongruous reading glasses” while strumming a beat-up guitar.
Country Joe’s only song mentioned in the article was the “Fish Cheer.” And – surprise, surprise — the Bass Hall crowd responded “lustily.”
“Gimme an F…gimme a U…gimme a C…gimme a yadda yadda yadda…honey did you remember to set the TIVO for ‘Dancing With The Stars?’ ”
It all sounds kind of foolish and sad.
Out of curiosity I looked to see how other outlets reviewed the tour. The New York Times review sounded pretty much the same, although I laughed out loud at the quote from Peter Albin of Big Brother and the Holding Company: “We used to have acid flashbacks. Now we have acid reflux.”
Sadly, the “Woodstock Babies” never appeared.
Recall those reports of two babies being born at the original Woodstock? Well, a Chicago-based concert promoter launched a search for them with plans to celebrate their 40th birthdays.
But nobody came forward.