Although he was scheduled as the fifth performer at the original 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, a terrified Richie Havens found himself substituted as the opening act. The show was already two and a half hours late in starting and Havens was the only performer that had shown up at that point! Havens went out on stage and wowed the audience with his percussive strumming style and soulful vocals. He deliberately lengthened his rendition of "Freedom" trying to eat up time while other newly arriving performers were preparing to go on. His lengthy rendition is today considered to be one of the highpoint performances of the three-day festival.
Mr. Havens passed away on April 22, 2013 at age 72.
Here are three original, unused, MINT condition tickets for all three days of the show. Each of the three has been darkly signed in black by Havens (all grading "10") The Friday ticket for August 15th reads: "To a forever friend - Richie Havens" The Saturday and Sunday tickets (August 16th & 17th) both read: "A friend forever - Richie Havens. All are from the Globe Ticket Company and carry their multiple background trademarks. Letter of Authenticity from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA.
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