Hard-rockers Buckcherry, rap duo the Insane Clown Posse and techno artist Moby have
been added to the star-packed bill for Woodstock '99, event organizers said Wednesday
The festival, scheduled for July 23-25 in Rome, N.Y., already boasts one of the largest
and most diverse lineups of the summer, including hardcore rapper DMX, funk-rockers
the Red Hot Chili Peppers, pop-folkie Jewel, country singer Willie Nelson, big-beat artist
Fatboy Slim and others.
Pop band Oleander and comedic performance artists the Umbilical Brothers were also
added to the bill this week, bringing the total number of performers at the 30th
anniversary festival to 43.
For some newer acts, the occasion offers a chance for increased exposure. Joshua
Todd, singer for the red-hot L.A. band Buckcherry, said he's looking forward to taking the
band's hard-rock crunch to bigger audiences.
"I want to write songs that large groups of people can relate to," he said recently. "It's no
fun to sing to an empty club."
Led by the catchy rock-radio single "Lit Up" (RealAudio excerpt), Buckcherry's
self-titled debut is now at #92 on the Billboard200 albums chart.
Along with previously announced participant Kid Rock, Insane Clown Posse will
represent the Detroit rock-rap scene at the show. The controversial duo's The
Amazing Jeckel Brothers which includes the song "Fuck the World" (RealAudio excerpt)
is currently at #51 on the albums chart.
Other performers will include Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, George Clinton,
Korn, Wyclef Jean, Los Lobos, Ice Cube, Alanis Morissette, the Offspring, Sugar Ray,
Metallica and the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
In other Woodstock news, concert officials said Thursday that if any of the 250,000 tickets
remain unsold on the day of the show, they will be made available to the public at
as-yet-undetermined locations near the Griffiss Park concert site. There will not,
however, be a box office on-site, Woodstock spokesperson Elizabeth Chanley said.
So far, more than half of the tickets have been sold, although a precise count was not
available, Chanley said.
The original three-day Woodstock concert event in 1969 drew thousands
more people than were anticipated. At the 25th anniversary show in 1994, a festival permit
did not allow tickets to be sold at the site on the day of the show. Numerous
fans without tickets jumped fences to get into the festival or were turned away.
"This year ... we really want to make sure that everyone who wants to see the festival has
the chance," Woodstock producer John Scher said in a statement.
Earlier this week, post-grunge band Foo Fighters dropped out of the
Woodstock lineup, citing both the departure of guitarist Franz Stahl and
plans to work on a new album. Rockers Aerosmith and guitarist Jeff Beck have also
exited the show's roster in recent weeks.