By Reneé Ruwe
BETHEL WOODS - The 2013 season at the Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts is in full throttle mode. On Saturday, June 29th, a jam-packed show featuring recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart, as well as Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, was held at the site of the historic Woodstock ‘69 concert.
The concert opened up with a performance from Jason Bonham, the son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Jason told the audience that he never got to tell his dad how great he was and so by doing the Zeppelin tribute he hopes to pay homage to his late father in that way. Bonham’s band opened with "Rock & Roll," and followed with a number of fan favorites from the Led Zeppelin library.
The hard-hitting Wilson sisters of the band Heart soon followed, taking over the stage and opening their portion of the show with their hit, "Barracuda." A top notch performance of many of the band’s classic hits ranging from the 70s to the present day, included "Alone" and "Magic Man".
The show ended with a special encore performance that saw Heart joining up with the Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience and Ann Wilson singing amazing renditions of Zeppelin classics, culminating with a finale featuring the chorus to the mega hit, "Stairway to Heaven."
Aside from all the fun on stage, the corresponding Museum at Bethel Woods is hosting a special exhibit of photos by the renowned Baron Wolman. Baron was Rolling Stone magazine’s first photographer hired by Jann Werner to cover the Woodstock ‘69 festival. Baron has donated over 100 of his best pieces for the installation. The original September 20, 1969 issue of Rolling Stone, as well as over 75 other covers of the magazine, are included in this retrospective.
While reviewing the photographs at the exhibit, Jim Dailey of Macedon, NY found himself and his friend Eric Sharp in a photograph while at the exhibit that day. The Museum and its director Wade Lawrence take pride in the documentation of the ‘69 festival and the history of the United States civil rights movement for peace.