While Sheryl Crow and Live were delivering the jukebox faves on Woodstock's east stage on Friday afternoon, the fresh-faced guitar gunslingers of Buckcherry were shake, rattle, and rolling the crowds at the west stage about 2 miles away.Shredding through most of the material taken from the group's recent self-titled debut, frontman Joshua Todd bounded across the stage through "Lawless and Lulu" and "Check Your Head" with the same rock moves that were perhaps better tailored to the Los Angeles clubs the band cut its teeth in. From the drug-enhanced rave of "Lit Up" to the willowy ballad "For the Movies," Buckcherry's set was a perfect answer for those disappointed that the new incarnation of Guns N' Roses apparently opted out of Woodstock. Todd's screeching vocals and maniacal energy would have made Axl Rose proud (or jealous). On stage west, the Roots brought down the house with another crowd-participatory set that included "The Next Movement," "Distortion To Static," "Respond/React,"
and a special duet with guest vocalist Erykah Badu on "You Got Me." The Roots then broke into an instrumental jam session featuring a jazz-meets-hip-hop version of the "Pink Panther" theme as well as a piece of fellow Philly rapper Schoolly D's "PSK."The summer sun had finally gone down by the time Korn stormed the stage, as red fireworks went off over the crowd, loosely in unison with the opening guitar licks to "Blind." Dressed up in his traditional black kilt, frontman Jonathan Davis rasped and screamed his way through "Got the Life" and "A.D.I.D.A.S.," sending the crowd into a full-on frenzy. Most in the audience had waited all day for the opportunity to cut loose, and Korn's fire-and-brimstone set gave them the last bit of fuel they needed to go wild. By the time Korn let loose with "Freak on a Leash," it was obvious that Korn had firmly planted its flag on the first day of Woodstock '99. Following up such an over-the-top set was a hard task for Bush, billed as the
Friday night headliners. The crowd thinned out with the departure of diehard Korn fans, and those who remained watched the British proponents of grunge rip through "Machine Head," "Everything Zen," and a slew of new tracks from its upcoming album, "The Science of Things."As Bush winded down its set with the lighter-lifting "Glycerine" and the (relatively) driving "Little Things," the tired masses mulled around the east stage, discussing whether they wanted to head over and catch Moby DJing at the all-night rave, set up in front of the stage to secure a good spot, or just find somewhere to sleep for the night.