August 13, 1994 Woodstock ’94 was held in Saugerties, New York. The festival featured Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. (via thisdayinmusic.com)
Dylan tried to teach me Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) on guitar but my fingerpicking stinks so I play it on piano where my fingers are comfortable. This is one of the only Green Day songs I sing but I really love lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. He can write, play guitar and sing great! That’s the winning ticket.
I didn’t go to Woodstock ’94 (though I do have a signed poster from it that I got at a preschool auction!) and I was too young to go to the original Woodstock, but my sister Alyson lived in Saugerties in ’94 and said it was crazy. Once in a while on a gig someone will come up to me and say “Hey man, I was at Woodstock,” and I look at them and think “You never left!”
I went to lots of concerts in my teens but I started getting too claustrophobic in the middle of so many people standing all around me. I prefer being on stage, with a backstage bathroom and a green room with food and a car in the back for an easy escape.
I can never remember where I parked my car in those massive stadium parking lots.
To tell you the truth I have trouble remembering where I park my car every day.
Here’s my piano version of Good Riddance!