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Woodstock 1969 – Canned Heat – On The Road Again

Since there are already plans being put into motion for the upcoming 50th anniversary of Woodstock, we decided to celebrate this iconic event a little early! One band we particularly liked at Woodstock was the band Canned Heat. They had this raw genius and soul about them. That just made them feel authentic. It was magnificent time in history where you actually heard the raw sound of the guitars being fed into huge tube amps. Add some distortion and it was music to your ears! Canned Heat turned to audience favorites after their Woodstock gig. In 1969 they had already added psychedelic elements to their blues influenced songs and their Boogie Rock kept the people dancing.

The music and attitude of Canned Heat attracted a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the 1960’s. They hit the stage on Saturday, the 16th at about 7.30 pm. The gig took place during sunset which occurred at 7:56 pm. The band also made appearances at the Monterey Festival earlier in June of 1967. Performing at these two major festivals, they acquired worldwide fame.

The line-up changed over the years with the three surviving members of the classic lineup: de la Parra (who has remained in the band since first joining in 1967), Mandel, and Taylor. For much of the 1990s and 2000s, de la Parra was the only member from the band’s 1960s lineup. Larry Taylor, whose presence in the band has not been steady, is the other surviving member from the earliest lineups. Mandel, Walter Trout and Junior Watson are among the guitarists who gained fame for playing in later editions of the band. Enjoy!

Musicians: Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson – guitar, harmonica, vocals, Bob “The Bear” Hite – vocals, harmonica, Harvey “The Snake” Mandel – guitar, Larry “The Mole” Taylor – bass, Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra – drums