Metallica, Rage, Limp Bizkit, Alanis Highlight Riotous Evening

Metallica, Rage, Limp Bizkit, Alanis Highlight Riotous Evening Saturday afternoon saw Kid Rock asking his band to "Show [him] the metal" after he slipped a snippet of AC/DC's "Back in Black" into his set. An appropriate lead-in to an evening dominated by the hard-to-beat triple bill of Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine, and Metallica, to be sure, but the night's metal edge ended up unwittingly exposing some of the darker and more aggressive elements of Woodstock '99.

Ice Cube and his partner Mack 10 took the west stage by storm on Saturday evening, channeling the energy cultivated by DMX's set on Friday night. Having just completed a pair of flicks ("Three Kings" and "Next Friday"), it was only fitting that Cube did "Natural Born Killaz," a track inspired by Oliver Stone's 1994 film.

After spinning "Bow Down," a cut Mack and Cube originally recorded for their Westside Connection project, Ice gave it up for the old school with a pair of N.W.A. classics, "F**k tha Police"

and "Straight Outta Compton," as Jonathan Davis and Fieldy of Korn soaked up the rap beats from sidestage.

Dedicating "Freedom" to imprisoned American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, Zack held his right arm aloft -- which bore a black bandana with a red star -- then bounded across the stage in unison with guitarist Tom Morello, who shredded the number with bursts of feedback and distortion.

It wouldn't be Woodstock without some rainfall, and wind and thunderstorm shower erupted during Metallica's late-night set that closed out day two of Woodstock. But unlike the shows in '69 and '94, the rain subsided after a few minutes and didn't significantly damage either the stage or the concert grounds.

Looking every bit the part of the elder statesman of metal that they are, Metallica rumbled through a two-hour set that featured such vintage slabs as "Master of Puppets" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Capitalizing on the mellowed vibe provided by the rain, Metallica's blues-ridden

rendition of Bob Seger's "Turn the Page" seemed to perfectly capture the riotous events of Saturday night, even as "Fuel," "Enter Sandman," and "Battery" sent the crowd off in preparation for the third and final day of Woodstock '99.