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Woodstock 99
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Welcome to my Woodstock 1999 Web Page. Here you will find pictures and information about this memorable event that took place in Rome, New York from Friday, July 23, 1999 to Sunday, July 25, 1999. All of the pics on this Web page are video stills from a VHS-C video tape that I recorded or from the PPV broadcast.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I live in Rome, New York. I lived here my whole life. Rome is barely known for anything. But it is thought of as a historical city. Anyways, I guess the mayor wanted to "put Rome on the map" by having this huge event. Plus I also think he wanted to appeal to the generation of teenagers and young adults that can vote him back into office this year. I never would have imagined something this huge taking place in Rome. The thing that was ironic is that Woodstock '99 ("Peace, Love and Music") actually took place on a former air force base.

There were two stages - The West Stage (located near the Chestnut Street entrance) and The East Stage (located near Route 49). The East Stage was the "main stage" were performers like Korn, Limp Bizkit, Metallica and Rage Against the Machine played. While lesser known performers like Lit and Buckcherry played on the West Stage.

Besides the concert itself, there was the Emerging Artists Stage, all-night live Raves in one of the huge airplane hangars, an experimental theatre and film festival from The Independent Film Channel in another airplane hangar, an Arts Village and Marketplace, the Cyber-Technology Park, Crafts Demonstrations, Video Walls, Ecology Displays, and the Action Lounge (a four acre extreme sports extravaganza).

There was a lot of full frontal nudity at the event. And the PPV coverage was uncensored. And of course there were a handful of sexual harassment incidents between teenage females and older men.

The traffic was fairly controlled, and most of the city didn't suffer from the heavy traffic. In my area, I could barely tell there was a huge event going on, till I moved closer to the boulevard.

The event was running quite smoothly, but on Sunday night (the last night of the festival), hell broke loose. Some concertgoers were destroying the Peace Wall, and taking pieces of it home for souvenirs. Security wasn't that tight near the end, so people started fires and some became out of control. Tractor trailers were caught on fire, a speaker tower was flipped on its side, and some concertgoers began to riot - stealing some of the vendors and causing other chaos. They really ruined it for the rest of the concertgoers.

The mayor of Rome was thinking about how great this event was going on Sunday before the chaos started and he even mentioned about possibly having another Woodstock event in Rome in the future. But the attitude of the community changed when they saw the chaotic scene all over the media at the end. I'm not really sure the majority of Romans would want to try it all over again in the future.

I think everything was going fairly fine up until the last few hours of the event on Sunday night. That whole choatic scene at the end, really made me think differently about Woodstock.

A lot of the concertgoers were living like absolute wild animals -- rolling in and throwing mud made of human waste. I heard from quite a few people that nearly the whole place smelled very disgusting. After realizing all these problems, I am very glad I didn't go.

I watched the entire event live on Pay-Per-View. It looked a bit too crazy for me. I'm not a big concertgoer anyways

My favorite performances were: Jamiroquai, Godsmack, The Offspring, Metallica (the best performance), Korn, Limp Bizkit, Lit, Sevendust and Creed.

I think James Brown had one of the worse performances. And it wasn't that great of an opening act.

There was suppose to be a special guest to close the event but due to fires and chaos, the festival was canceled. One rumor was that The Rolling Stones were expected to close the event.

THE LINEUP

Here is the list of bands and musicians that performed at Woodstock '99:

James Brown, The Bruce Hornsby Group, Buckcherry, Bush, The Chemical Brothers, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, Collective Soul, Elvis Costello, Counting Crows, Creed, Sheryl Crow, DMX, Everlast, Everclear, Fatboy Slim, Godsmack, Guster, Mickey Hart-Planet Drum, Ice Cube, Insane Clown Posse, Jamiroquai, Wyclef Jean & The Refugee Allstars, Jewel, Kid Rock, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Lit, Live, Los Lobos, The Dave Matthews Band, Megadeth, Metallica, Moby, moe., Alanis Morissette, Willie Nelson, Mike Ness, Oleander, The Offspring, Our Lady Peace, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Roots, Rusted Root, Brian Seltzer Orchestra, Sevendust and The Tragically Hip



Popular MC's who appeared on stage -- Rosie Perez, Andy Dick and a few others.




PICS


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1 - Griffiss Park's Floyd Ave entrance
2 - the B-52 military aircraft on display near the Chestnut St. entrance
3 - construction of the 12 foot wall to surround the event
4 - the west side of the 12 foot wall
5 - closer shot of the west side of the wall
6 - a shot of the length of the wall - 4 miles in perimeter
7 - Jamiroquai performing on the East Stage
8 - The crowd ready for ICP's performance
9 - A bird's eye view of the event
10 - Godsmack's lead singer, Sully, on the West Stage
11 - Metallica performing on the East Stage
12 - Korn's lead singer, Jonathan Davis, on the East Stage


NOTICE: I am NOT interested in trading or selling a copy of the PPV broadcast. So, please, look elsewhere.




LINKS


Enjoy The Music's Woodstock '99 Site
An account of what went down during Woodstock '99 including photos (unfortunately small) from the event
The Official Woodstock Web Site
Check out this site for all the news and info!
Rome Daily Sentinel's Woodstock '99 Site
Check out this site for Woodstock 1999 news, pics and more from Rome's local newspaper.




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