Saturday, September 23, 2006

Number 802 - Ten Years After

Number 802

Ten Years After

"I'm Going Home"

Woodstock made the group and their song "Im Going Home" very famous. In fact the Woodstock Free Concert made a lot of artists famous.
But did you know who actually turned down the promoters of Woodstock?
Grab a beer and read on, and learn of the poozers who "gave it a miss"
The promoters contacted John Lennon, requesting for The Beatles to perform. Lennon said that he couldn't get the Beatles, but offered to play with his Plastic Ono Band. The promoters turned this down.
The Doors were considered as a potential performing band, but cancelled at the last moment. Contrary to popular belief that this was related in some fashion to lead singer Jim Morrison's arrest for indecent exposure while performing earlier that year, the cancellation was most likely due to Morrison's known and vocal distaste for performing in large outdoor venues. Drummer John Densmore attended and can be seen on the side of the stage during Joe Cocker's set.
Led Zeppelin was asked to perform, but refused after they were offered a gig with higher pay.
Jethro Tull refused to perform, claiming that it wouldn't be a big deal.
Tommy James and the Shondells declined an invitation to perform at Woodstock, which they later regretted. Lead singer Tommy James stated later, "We could have just kicked ourselves. We were in Hawaii, and my secretary called and said, 'Yeah, listen, there's this pig farmer in upstate New York that wants you to play in his field.' That's how it was put to me. So we passed, and we realized what we'd missed a couple of days later."
The Clarence White-era Byrds were given an opportunity to play, but refused to do so after a melee during their performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival earlier that summer.
Bob Dylan refused with no known reason apart from his disgust of the hippies piling up outside his house near the originally planned site. He would go on to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival several weeks later.
Frank Zappa and the The Mothers of Invention Quote: "A lot of mud at Woodstock. We were invited to play there, we turned it down" - FZ. Citation: "Class of the 20th Century", U.S. network television special in serial format, circa 1995.
What a shame there isn't an award for stupidity, but hey, this is the net! Lets make one!

So to all the Bands/Artists who declined Woodstock you are the inaugural winners of
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (We were in Rehab when the concert came out) and the Album ranked at Number (Woodstock? Isn't that a boubon drink?)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 64 out of 108 pts
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