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    Carson Daly Thought He Was "Going To Die" At Woodstock '99 And Said It Felt Like Being In "Military Conflict"

    "It got insane, fast."

    This article mentions instances of sexual assault and violence.

    These days, you're most likely familiar with Carson Daly from his gig on TODAY.

    close up of Carson

    But if you're a certain age, you probably spent your teenage years watching Carson host the iconic MTV show, Total Request Live.

    Carson hosting TRL

    As an MTV personality in the late 1990s, Carson was also part of the network's coverage of Woodstock '99.

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    As you might know from the multiple documentaries that have been released in the past year, Woodstock '99 was a disaster. Three people died, there were multiple instances of sexual assault and violence, and the three-day festival ended with riots, fires, and property destruction at the festival grounds in Rome, NY.

    people crowd surfing

    In a recent Instagram post, Carson shared a screenshot from Netflix's Trainwreck: Woodstock '99 docuseries and offered his own reflections about how it felt to be there during the tragic event.

    I’ve been getting asked about #woodstock99 a ton recently due to the @netflix doc that’s out," he wrote, before saying that "All I can say is I thought I was going to die."

    a performer on stage while fans climb on top

    Carson wrote that, even though his own TRL broadcast from the festival "started off great," during band interviews he "started getting pelted with bottles, rocks, lighters, all of it."

    the huge crowd

    "It got insane, fast," he added, saying that by the time rap-rock band Limp Bizkit was playing their hit song, "Break Stuff," at sundown, "the prisoners were officially running the prison."

    more people fighting to get on stage with Limp Bizkit

    Carson also recounted how his MTV boss at the time said to the TRL crew, “We can no longer guarantee your safety, it’s time to go!”

    fans crowding around Kid Rock

    "I remember being in a production van driving recklessly through corn fields to get to safety. It was so crazy & a blur now."

    fires around equipment and fan signs

    Carson said that the experience of being at Woodstock '99 made him feel like he was "in another country during military conflict."

    a person jumping in the large crowd

    "I have so many fun memories from that era, this was not one of them," he concluded. "Needless to say, I haven’t taken the fam back to Rome, NY for a vacation."

    people on the ground cleaning up all the litter

    You can see Carson's entire post here.

    If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here.