Rock groups Everclear, Lit and Godsmack have been added to the Woodstock
'99 lineup along with Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness and veteran
blues-rock guitarist Jeff Beck, organizers announced Wednesday (May 5).
They join three dozen previously announced acts including Alanis Morissette,
the Offspring, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Chemical Brothers, Counting
Crows, Fatboy Slim, Foo Fighters, Ice Cube, Wyclef Jean and the Refugee
Allstars, Kid Rock, Jewel, Korn, Limp Bizkit, the Dave Matthews Band,
Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Sugar Ray and the Brian Setzer
The festival, which marks the 30th anniversary of the original Woodstock,
is scheduled for July 23-25 at Griffiss Technology Park in Rome, N.Y.
It will be telecast live on pay-per-view TV.
Jeff Beck was scheduled to play Woodstock in 1969 with his Jeff Beck
Group, which featured Rod Stewart as lead singer, but the group broke up
before the concert.
"It took us a while to rebook the date, but Jeff Beck will finally play
Woodstock," Michael Lang, promoter of both the 1969 and 1999 events,
said in a written statement.
Mike Ness will play Woodstock after wrapping up a tour promoting his
just-released solo debut, Cheating at Solitaire.
"I hope to really kick this as far as I can," Ness said recently. "I
worked so hard on this record that I want to show [it to] everyone."
Guitarist Jeremy Popoff of Lit, whose "My Own Worst Enemy"
(RealAudio excerpt) is a current rock-radio staple, said his band enjoys
playing to the kind of large audiences Woodstock '99 is expected to
attract, even though the band has mostly performed in clubs so far.
"We try to make our shows big and killer," Popoff said. "We want lots of
sweat, lots of action. When fans come to our shows, they're going to see
us give 110 percent."