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36 Pictures That Show What A Huge Shitshow Woodstock 1999 Really Was

I can smell these pictures.

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2. From July 23 through July 25, 250,000 people traveled to Rome, New York, for 72 hours of "love" — which later turned into a smathering (smelly gathering) of Limp Bizkit, dirty crusties, and fire.


3. Woodstock '99 was supposed to be an *improved* Woodstock '94. For reference, here's how Woodstock '94 was described a Entertainment Weekly: "Woodstock reeked. Pizza crusts and boxes, beer, vomit, and excrement fermenting in the mud turned Winston Farm into an 840-acre latrine." So basically, the organizers of Woodstock '99 didn't have much to beat.


9. ...and Limp Bizkit nearly caused a riot. Fred Durst told the crowd "there were no rules" during their performance of "Break Stuff" people started breaking stuff.

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Other performers over the three days included ICP, George Clinton, Chemical Brothers, Moby, Sheryl Crow, Jamiroquai, the Offspring, Korn, Bush, Sugar Ray, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Creed, Willie Nelson, Everlast, and Al Green.


18. The last day was described by the Washington Post as a "testosterone fest," with sets by Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, and Metallica. The last performance of the entire festival was by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Flea performed completely naked: dicks, balls, and all.


23. Here's how it was described by MTV: "Some in the crowd feared for their lives. Andrew Kimbler called his family from a pay phone, explaining that he wanted them to know what had happened, 'in case I don't make it out.'"

27. Here's a scary-ass eyewitness account from a Washington Post article: "Vendors sat in chairs, protecting their booths and watching the show. 'We lost a million and a half bucks tonight,' said vendor Russ Mour. The trucks burned for more than 35 minutes before they even got a fire truck out there."