Back in 1994, I was busy finishing my doctoral dissertation and preparing for my dissertation Defense…and working full time. So I don’t remember anything about the 25th Anniversary of Woodstock. But, according to the liner notes to Woodstock 94 300,000 enthusiastic fans showed up for the event.

And, plenty of Big Names showed up, too. Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Metallica, Traffic, Joe Cocker, the cranberries, Melissa Etheridge, Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, and Nine Inch Nails. But, there are also a bunch of lesser bands like Candlebox and Jackyl.

Do you remember the 25th Anniversary Woodstock concert? Are any of your favorite performers on these discs? GRADE: B


Disc One:

  1. Live – “Selling the Drama” – 4:33
  2. Blues Traveler – “But Anyway” – 4:18
  3. Melissa Etheridge – “I’m the Only One” – 5:33
  4. Joe Cocker – “Feelin’ Alright” – 4:57
  5. “Stage Announcement” – 1:22
  6. The Cranberries – “Dreams” – 4:25
  7. Blind Melon – “Soup” – 3:20
  8. Green Day – “When I Come Around” – 3:01
  9. Salt-n-Pepa – “Shoop” – 5:18
  10. Tom Arnold – “Stage Announcement” – 0:53
  11. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” – 5:21
  12. Porno for Pyros – “Porno for Pyros” – 3:05
  13. Primus – “Those Damned Blue Collar Tweekers” – 6:42
  14. Jackyl – “Headed for Destruction” – 5:33
  15. Aerosmith – “Draw the Line/F.I.N.E.*” – 9:45
  16. Calvert DeForest – “Stage Announcement” – 0:10
  17. Nine Inch Nails – “Happiness in Slavery” – 5:47

Disc Two:

  1. Metallica – “For Whom the Bell Tolls” – 7:23
  2. The Neville Brothers – “Come Together” – 3:53
  3. Youssou N’Dour – “Generation (Diamone)” – 5:47
  4. Zucchero Fornaciari – “Mama” – 7:23
  5. Sheryl Crow – “Run Baby Run” – 5:27
  6. Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Déjà Vu” – 7:18
  7. Violent Femmes – “Dance, Motherfucker, Dance!/Kiss Off” – 6:30
  8. Collective Soul – “Shine” – 5:58
  9. Candlebox – “Arrow” – 3:35
  10. Cypress Hill – “How I Could Just Kill a Man” – 3:22
  11. Rollins Band – “Right Here Too Much” – 5:18
  12. Bob Dylan – “Highway 61 Revisited” – 6:20
  13. Traffic – “Pearly Queen” – 5:08
  14. Peter Gabriel – “Biko” – 8:06

22 thoughts on “FORGOTTEN MUSIC #105: WOODSTOCK ’94 [2-CD Set]

  1. Steve Oerkfitz

    A mixture of good and bad. Should be 4 cd’s. This seems like everyone is rushed. Or they could have done away from bands like Jackyl (hair metal), Candlebox, Blind Melon, Salt-N-Pepa, and Collective Soul. I heard this cd a long time ago and wasn’t too impressed. Even with bands I like (Traffic, Dylan, Nine Inch Nails, Violent Femmes,Peter Gabriel, CSN).

    1. george Post author

      Steve, you’re right: a lot of good performers rub elbows with some mediocre performers. And 4 CDs would have provided a better picture of the Woodstock 94 experience.

  2. Deb

    The fact that Tom Arnold did the announcements tells me all I need to know about the event. Iirc, there were a lot of corporate sponsors and attendees complained about water being five bucks a bottle. I’ve managed to go 27 years without listening to this and I doubt I’ll break my streak now. The artists that I do like (Dylan, Gabriel, CSN, Violent Femmes) have produced much better records elsewhere and I have no interest in many of the other acts featured here (for example, Jackyl, which some wag once referred to as “Hillbilly Grand Guinol”). Pass.

  3. Jeff Meyerson

    I remember that it happened, and that I had no interest then, and have no interest now. Yeah, don’t forget Calvert DeForest (aka Larry “Bud” Melman), Deb. I like a few of the people – Dylan, obviously, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker. No interest in this one.

  4. Michael Padgett

    Only a few performers I really like, mostly already named by others, but mostly performers I wouldn’t walk across the street to hear. The concert itself and the resulting CD are just a marketing gimmick. I do remember that this thing happened but I had no interest in it at the time and still don’t.

    1. george Post author

      Michael, I was curious about Woodstock 94 since I didn’t remember anything about it and this 2-CD set only cost me a mere 25 cents. That’s about what it’s worth…

  5. maggie mason

    I don’t remember Woodstock 94. There are many groups here, I don’t remember either. Some I do. I think you probably got your moneys worth with the good bands.

    I would love to know how in the world & why Tom Arnold was even allowed on stage. I’m wondering what his announcement could have been and how it could have added to the event. Bizarre casting.

    I have the LP of the original woodstock and love it. Off soon for my 2nd jab Am taking little bags of mini candies with me to give to the workers/volunteers

    1. Jeff Meyerson

      I think because we got here 20 minutes early, we were between appointments and they had no line and took us right in. I think I waited about five minutes total. The woman sitting next to Jackie said she is having tingling in her hand, but otherwise it is all good.

      Good luck, Maggie.

    2. george Post author

      Maggie, good luck with your Second Shot! I have no idea why Tom Arnold was at Woodstock 94. But Arnold was showing up on Late Nite talk shows around that time.

  6. wolf

    This selection looks a bit strange to me, just one example:
    Traffic (one of my absolute favourites) had a reunion tour in 1994 of which W25 was a part – they had so many great songs.
    You can find them on youtube – one of the most moving is a performance of Dear Mister Fantasy (my top selection) with Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) who died a year later.
    Cocker, Crosby, Crow are also among my favourites … 🙂 🙂
    And Sir Bob of course.
    Many of the others I never heard from – or don’t remember.

  7. Cap'n Bob Napier

    A perfect example of why you can’t go home again! I remember when this was held and I was totally underwhelmed! Getting my shot Tuesday thanks to my girl Kristine!

  8. Todd Mason

    I’m a definite fan of Salt-n-Pepa and liked the Cranberries and Green Day, among the newer bands (no idea how good their performances were at this concert). I gather this wasn’t the travesty the ’99 show was…even given the presence of the Red Hot Choad Ploppers, who had earlier sexually assaulted, at a misdemeanor level, a friendly acquaintance of mine.

    If it doesn’t cost a fortune to mail, I might take this off your hands, George.

    1. george Post author

      Todd, just send me ( the address you’d like me to send WOODSTOCK 94 to and I’ll drop it in the mail as soon as I can.


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