Watch Bob Dylan’s Full Woodstock 1994 Concert
via Peter Stone Brown Archive / Youtube
After skipping the initial Woodstock event 25 years prior, Bob Dylan performed at Woodstock ‘94, when he and his four-piece band played a show that would have fit right in. Not even 25 years late for this performance, we must say.
Woodstock ‘94 was a music event that took place in the United States in 1994 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Woodstock festival, which took place in 1969. “2 More Days of Peace and Music” was the slogan that was used to advertise the event. A single dove perched on the neck of an acoustic guitar appeared in the initial version of the poster that was used to promote the first event. However, this image was later changed to include two doves perched on the neck of an electric guitar.
It is believed that there were 550,000 people in attendance at Woodstock in 1994. The number of attendees exceeded what the concert’s organizers had anticipated, and by the second night, many of the event’s restrictions were logistically impossible to implement due to the size of the audience. Many of the concertgoers were able to readily access the venue while also bringing beer and other goods that were prohibited because the concert location was primarily encircled by modest chain-link fencing. This presented hardly any challenge at all. Soon, the personnel in charge of security would be unable to sustain acceptable supervision of the ever-increasingly large numbers of people arriving, leaving, and being inspected while also preserving a safe, secure, and tranquil environment.
In one moment, Mr. Dylan’s band is playing bluesy American rock, and in the next, they’re a string ensemble minus the drums. And the emotion in his singing has returned. He fiddled with tunes and never repeated himself, as usual. The old phrases he sang took on new shades of tenderness and rancor, accusation, and wiliness because of the clarity of his voice and the volatile emotion with which he sang them.