Music festivals have played an indefinite part of pop culture history. From the various Woodstock festivals, Us Festivals, and even Lollapalooza - they have played a part in defining their generations.
Unfortunately some of these amazing festivals have only seen the light of day in the form of either being shown in clips on VH1 Classic as part of their VH1 Classic In Concert show, an edited DVD or Blu Ray, or even internet bootlegs. Therefore, the public gets somewhat cheated out of hearing and seeing some of these great performances in their entirety.
Here are the 5 historic music festivals we think should get a full release -- complete with a set of dvd's or blu rays, rare photos, booklets, and documentaries.
Woodstock '69 has seen many a rerelease as either a theatrical version, or a Blu Ray "collectors edition," but it seems like each version has performances removed. It's time for a complete version.
The Us Festival, 1982 & 1983
Before this festival became the butt of a Homer Simpson joke, the Us Festival was considered one of the biggest concert festivals since Woodstock 69. It featured acts like Van Halen, Pat Benatar, Ozzy Osbourne, The Ramones, The Police, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, David Bowie, and many more. Also, the event housed the Us Festival Technology Exposition where people got a glimpse of the Apple II. The festival itself was funded by Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniack. Parts of the festival have been released on DVD, but never a full release.
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Better known as "Woodstock Apocalypse." If Woodstock '69 was all about peace and love, Woodstock '99 was the bizarro world version where everything is the opposite. There were reports of rape, vandalism, violence, overpriced food and water, and more. There were good performances by the Brian Seltzer Orchestra, Sheryl Crow and Red Hot Chili Peppers. So it wasn't a total loss.
Rock in Rio
Rock in Rio is one of those festivals that has a little something for the young and old. From Rod Stewart, the GoGos to even Rhianna, it is bound to please diehard fans. Portions of the festival have been released but never an entire box set.