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Woodstock '99 will rock this weekend, but leave your love beads at the gate

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Woodstock. It’s not your parents’ rock show anymore. Thirty years after hippie hordes descended on Max Yasgur’s field, the historic concert is back, ’90s style. Korn, Willie Nelson, Ice Cube, Sheryl Crow, Limp Bizkit, Alanis Morissette, and more than 35 other bands will be playing in Rome, N.Y., this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To see how much the times have changed (or haven’t) since 1969, check out EW Online’s handy-dandy comparison.

  1969 1999
 
Tortured Soul Janis Joplin (above) Alanis Morissette (above)
Motto Don’t trust anyone over 30. Start your Internet empire before you’re 30.
Price $18 for three days $150 for three days
Casualties Audience burns millions of brain cells through drug use. Audience burns out thousands of cell phones trying to track down their friends at the food court.
Most likely to end up in rehab The Grateful Dead Willie Nelson
Creepy albinos, then and now Johnny Winter Insane Clown Posse
Hippie chicks, then and now Joan Baez Jewel
Souvenirs Bad acid trips — they’re free maaaaannnn! T-shirts, jewelry, and crafts — $22.95 and up
Free Love The only barriers to gettin’ some lovin’? Your own hang-ups, baby. Uh, how about a condom, a blood test, and a list of references?
Worst hair Joe Cocker Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)
Destined for obscurity Melanie Sugar Ray
Weirdest act Sha Na Na, a wacky bunch of doo-woppers whose ’70s TV show was about as funny as a dog exploding The Umbilical Brothers, a wacky pair of performance artists who imitate the sound of a dog exploding
Locals Townspeople threatened to break the legs of the concert’s promoters if the show went on. Townspeople now accept Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.
Sole survivor Mickey Hart, playing with the Grateful Dead Mickey Hart, playing with Planet Drum
Fence jumpers Uh, there was a fence? Six miles of steel-girded fencing will be monitored by 3,100 security, law enforcement, and support staff.
Visual record Award-winning documentary has had rock fans shaking their heads in wonder at this timeless event. Pay-per-view simulcast on the same channel that normally shows WWF wrestlers smacking each other on the head with folding chairs.

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