Mark Tremonti Wants To Deal With Disney For Free Admission For Kids
In a recent interview published by Louder Sound, Creed legend Mark Tremonti shared details about the deal he’s trying to make with Disney, stating:
“We’re going to do a big benefit show in December, to fund the hospital program and it’s going to be in Orlando. We’re hopefully doing a show at the Walt Disney Theater [in Florida] and my goal is to partner with Disney to get kids free admission to [Disneyland Orlando]. If Disney gives free passes and housing for kids to come in, it would just be the best situation in the world. When I’m a little old man on my deathbed looking back at my life, that’ll be my most proud moment for sure.”
The post-grunge guitarist also commented on the Red Hot Chili Peppers incident, who were the closing act for the festival. Organized with the intention of reliving Woodstock 1969, the ’99 festival had turned into a disaster on its last day. Tremonti recalled the festival days:
“That Woodstock was definitely not a, ‘let’s relive the original Woodstock days’ kind of show, it was just a big festival with a bunch of modern rock bands that had more of an aggressive feel to it. We drove in just a couple hours before we hit the stage. Great show, massive audience, very receptive crowd when we played. I remember walking to stage and I walked by [singer/songwriter] Jewel and I was like ‘this is cool.'”
In fact, Tremonti even got a warning beforehand. He recalled:
“But then [Red Hot] Chili Peppers came on and our tour manager was like ‘Hey guys, let’s get out of here because after Chili Peppers is going to be a mass exodus.’ We got in the van which had a TV and we were watching the show as we were driving away and we saw everything catching on fire. I don’t regret playing though, it was one of those moments you’ll never forget.”
What Happened That Day?
Inadequate planning, cost-cutting, and greed on the part of the organizers were the main reasons for the riot. Additionally, the unruly audience, many of whom, according to the Netflix documentary, came to see Korn and Limp Bizkit added to the chaos.
On the third and final night of Woodstock ’99, the crowd remained agitated. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were the last band to perform, unaware that thousands of candles had been distributed for a candlelight vigil during their set. Despite good intentions, the candles became a disastrous decision, with many in the audience using them to start massive fires.
According to the Netflix documentary, RHCP were asked to calm the crowd before their encore. Instead, they responded by covering Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Fire.’ Ironically, there was a fire during the song. Kiedis, as mentioned in the documentary, allegedly said that nothing he could say to calm the crowd would make a difference.
The next morning, the band was on the news and had become a big part of the festival story in the press:
“We woke up to papers and radio stations vilifying us for inciting the crowd by playing ‘Fire.’ We ignored these ridiculous charges, though it did turn out that the promoters were a–holes and it had not been a user-friendly environment.”
The incident made Tremonti say in the latest interview, ‘know when to make an exit.’
You can watch the full Woodstock performance below.