Fifteen years ago this week the resurgence of Woodstock took place at a former air base in Rome, New York. The festival for better or worse made headlines not just for the music, but for the lack of better planning, overprices concessions, assault and arson. Yes, it was bad. Very bad, but the mistakes that were made at Woodstock ’99 helped pave the way for the bevy of great music festivals we have today. More organization and better security today make for a great experience for contemporary festival goers. None of that would’ve been possible without the trials of Woodstock ’99. Disastrous experiences aside, the music of Woodstock ’99 has always been overshadowed, but in it’s anniversary we’re here to celebrate one particular iconic concert that will live on as one of the best performances of 1999. Even with live music from the likes of James Brown, Sheryl Crow, Wyclef Jean, Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, Alanis Morissette, Ice Cube, Metallica, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Jewel and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine still managed to stick out as the best performance of the event.
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Flickr user Harvezt has created a series titled “The Dark Side of the Covers” where he imagines what the reverse side of classic album covers would look like. Some, such as Mettalica’s “Master of Puppets” are an obvious continuation of the original image. But others show a more in-depth knowledge of the content portrayed, such as the inclusion of the guitar Zal Cleminson played when he first joined Nazareth seen on the back of “No Mean City” or the addition of Brian Epstein on the back of “Yellow Submarine.” For more covers and info on the each, check out Harvezt on Flickr.
On March 29, 1992 Rage Against The Machine played a concert for a few dozen fans at Zed Records in Orange County, CA. They performed songs off their self-titled debut album that was recorded the following month at Sound City, Van Nuys, CA and released towards the end of 1992. So what we are seeing the very early stages of a band that would go on to sell over 16 million records over the last 20 years. 24:00 = Killing in the Name 34:25 = Freedom