Jay-Z, John Fogerty drop out of embattled Woodstock 50 fest

File: A source said Jay-Z would no longer bring down the curtain on the festival.

File: A source said Jay-Z would no longer bring down the curtain on the festival.

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NEW YORK - Rap mogul Jay-Z has pulled out of an August bash commemorating Woodstock's 50th anniversary, a source said, the latest blow to hit organisers after months of setbacks.

Speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity a source close to the matter said Jay-Z, arguably the top act, would no longer bring down the curtain on the festival that reportedly will now be held in Maryland on a smaller scale, instead of upstate New York where the 1969 blow-out took place.

Rocker John Fogerty -- who played the original weekend of peace, love and music with his band Creedence Clearwater Revival -- said he would be returning there to mark the anniversary but would not perform at the Maryland commemoration.

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This is despite his having appeared alongside promoter Michael Lang in March to announce the Woodstock 50 line-up, where he was featured.

"John Fogerty knows where he will be for the anniversary weekend of Woodstock. At only one site... At the original one -- the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts," the artist's team said in a statement obtained by AFP. 

The August 16-18 Bethel Woods celebration -- marking the original festival that saw hundreds of thousands descend on a dairy farm to see Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other icons in the pouring rain -- will feature sets from Ringo Starr, Santana and Fogerty.

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