As music fans charge towards summer and festival season, it’s become impossible to ignore the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding the highly-anticipated Woodstock 50 event which is (supposedly) scheduled to take place at Watkins Glen International Raceway in August.
The event, which continues to unfold like a slow-moving car crash, has been plagued with production issues ranging from supposed cancellations to lawsuits to tickets that never went on sale to the brand’s overambitious potential for global expansion.
One of the headlining acts scheduled to perform at the Woodstock 50th anniversary event is Dead & Company. The band’s lead guitarist, John Mayer, seems to be in the same boat of confusion as the fans in regards to the status of the event. Mayer was a featured guest on SiriusXM earlier this week, where he shared his thoughts on the troubled festival.
“I’m as much of a spectator as anyone else is to this wildness. I was told, ‘Yeah it’s not happening.’ There’s only one person still saying, ‘No, it’s gonna go,’” Mayer said while discussing the event with Andy Cohen. “It reminds me of the scene in Monty Python [and The Holy Grail] where the knight is now missing the arm and the leg and he’s hopping up and down and saying, ‘It’s just a flesh wound.’ If those guys [Dead & Company] end up going, I will go, but it seems to me now: ‘It’s just a flesh wound’ and blood is spurting everywhere.”
You can listen to this segment of the interview below:
John Mayer Talks Woodstock Drama with Andy Cohen
[Video: Radio Andy]
On Monday, lawyers for Dentsu, the event’s former financiers, responded to Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang‘s legal claims that the organization has unlawfully ruined chances of the festival taking place in 2019.
“Woodstock 50 LLC’s and Michael Lang’s misrepresentations, incompetence, and contractual breaches have made it impossible to produce a high-quality event that is safe and secure for concertgoers, artists, and staff,” Dentsulawyers shared in a statement.