Folk singer Richie Havens
is to mark the 40th anniversary of his iconic Woodstock festival appearance with a concert at the site of the 1969 event. The singer/songwriter opened the festival in Bethel, NY, and he'll return to the former farm to perform at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at noon on August 14.
Havens, who has been a regular at Woodstock celebrations and anniversaries, admits he still has fond memories of his performance at the original event.
He tells Billboard.com, "I got up there and felt the whole place rise to the accounting and visibility of ourselves. All types of music went on that stage those three days, and all of them had the sense of what was needed."
Havens became a major part of Woodstock legend when he was called on to open the festival when heavy traffic heading to the site prevented all the acts billed to perform before him from getting there on time.
He recalls, "It was five o' clock and nothing was happening yet. I had the least instruments and the least people... but they had to catch me first. I felt like, 'They're gonna kill me if I go up on stage first. Give me break. I need those four people in front of me to warm up the crowd. But the people were great. I was supposed to sing (for) 40 minutes, which I did, and from the side of the stage they go, 'Richie, four more songs?' I went back and did that, then it was, 'Four more songs...' and that kept happening 'til two hours and 45 minutes later I had sung every song I know."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)