Monday, November 30, 2009

We're With You

The best story I ever heard about Woodstock involved Creedence Clearwater Revival, the original band signed to perform at the now legendary 1969 festival in New York. Based in Berkeley, Creedence was somehow scheduled to perform at 3 a.m., and the story of what happened is best described by their lead singer, John Fogerty.

We were ready to rock out and we waited and waited and finally it was our turn... ...there were a half million people asleep. These people were out. It was sort of like a painting of a Dante scene, just bodies from hell, all intertwined and asleep, covered with mud.

And this is the moment I will never forget as long as I live: a quarter mile away in the darkness, on the other edge of this bowl, there was some guy flicking his Bic, and in the night I hear, "Don't worry about it John. We're with you." I played the rest of the show for that guy.


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