John Fogerty attended last month's Woodstock 50 press conference in New York and was looking forward to being part of it, having played the original with Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969.
But, he had a feeling things were not all well behind the scenes. He tells Rolling Stone, "They postponed announcing the tickets, and I remember reading a while ago that they didn’t have some of the permits. That just blew my mind. You’d think it would be the first thing you’d do and not the last thing. You got the sense there was some shakiness to this whole thing. But the first Woodstock happened more by people wishing for it to happen than any effort of great organization.”
Fogerty was already paid, but he is hopeful that producer Michael Lang pulls it together. But if not, he will donate his fee to his "favorite cause” -- military veterans. He says, “I’m from old-fashioned America. I hate to be paid for doing nothing. So I would imagine donating it to a good cause. That would be the best use of the funds.”
And regardless of whether it happens or not, Fogerty will still perform that weekend on the site of the original festival at the Bethel Woods Center For the Arts on Sunday, August 18th.