Bush’s Gavin Rossdale Doesn’t Blame Red Hot Chili Peppers For Woodstock ’99 Riot

In a recent interview with NME, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale shared his thoughts about the planned Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Fire’ that had nothing to do with the fires that erupted by fans during Woodstock ’99.

The Woodstock ’99 festival became an infamous event in ’90s rock history that people still talk about to this day. The festival had a more significant turnout than the organizers expected, with nearly 400,000 people attending the four-day event held in Rome, N.Y. The toilets and sanitary stations were far too limited for the number of people present at the festival. The food prices were too high, and the security was not nearly enough,, resulting in terrible outcomes. In addition, the heat during the peak of summer ramped up the already disastrous situation to another level.

With everything that was happening during the festival, when the time had come for Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform on Woodstock ’99’s fourth night, fans who were aggravated by the festival’s many issues were ready to make a scene. Once RHCP started performing ‘Fire,’ all hell broke loose, and people in different groups started bonfires all over the field filled with the crowd. However, once the dust had settled, the media portrayed RHCP as the ones that provoked people to behave this way with their performance when they had nothing to do with the situation.

Rossdale, who was at the festival with Bush, didn’t know what had happened on the fourth day as they had left to perform elsewhere. He later found out about the fires, the rape victims, and the chaos that ruled that day. He shared that the victims were all that mattered, but nobody even shared their stories. Gavin also added that the fires and the uproar on the fourth day of the festival weren’t RHCP’s fault. The musicians were there to perform a planned setlist; they didn’t know the mindset of the people there that day.

Gavin Rossdale’s words about RHCP’s cover of ‘Fire’:

“I never experienced any of that other stuff that went on because, after the gig, we went somewhere else to play. I still can’t get my head around the rapes that happened. There was just complete lawlessness. At that point, it becomes all about those victims, yet we don’t get to hear enough about their recovery and wellness. They’re the ones that matter. I think the bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing ‘Fire’ that wasn’t their fault. They didn’t expect the fans to set the site on fire. But what a mess, man.”

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