August 15th, 2012
Cocker, Lewis take the stage for Bethel Woods performance
Huey Lewis and the News opened up the show, rocking the crowd with a number of their top 40 hits, including â€śI Want a New Drugâ€ť, â€śThe Power of Loveâ€ť and â€śThe Heart of Rock and Roll.â€ť For the Hudson Valley Press/ED MCCARTHY
By Ed McCarthy
& Reneé Ruwe
BETHEL WOODS - The packed house was “Feelin’ Alright” with the return of legendary performer Joe Cocker to the site of the original Woodstock Festival. It was Cocker’s performance at that famed 1969 show that launched his young career into the stratosphere.
The British soul singer took the crowd on a journey through his extensive catalogue, performing such hits as “The Letter”, “You Are So Beautiful”, “Up Where We Belong”, and his iconic rendition of The Beatles’ “A Little Help From My Friends”.
Cocker also covered another Beatles hit during the show, putting together a jazz version of “Come Together”, accompanied by his trademark vocal stylings.
Huey Lewis and The News opened the evening, rocking the enthusiastic crowd with a selection of their top 40 hits, including favorites “The Heart of Rock and Roll”, “I Want a New Drug”, and “The Power of Love”, to name a few.
Lewis also played a soul classic by J.J. Jackson, “It’s Alright”, during the performance. Lewis would later return to the stage for a surprise appearance during Cocker’s set, adding harmonica backgrounds with the band.
Bethel Woods, the site of the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival, will soon be hosting music legend and 1960s icon Bob Dylan.
For more information on this historic music venue, check out BethelWoodsCenter.org.