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Canned Heat
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Canned Heat at Woodstock
Performed on Day 2
Started at 7.30 pm, Saturday, 16th
Played for 60 min.
Further Information
Festival Day Chronology
Prev. artist The Incredible String Band at 6.00 pm
Next artist Mountain at 9.00 pm

Canned Heat turned to audience favorites after their Woodstock gig. In 1969 they had already added psychedelic elements to their blues influenced songs and their Boogie Rock kept the people dancing. They hit the stage on Saturday, the 16th at about 7.30 pm. The gig took place during sunset which occurred at 7.56 pm[1]. The sky was cloudy so it was a little bit darker than usual.



Musicians Edit

  • Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson - guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Bob "The Bear" Hite - vocals, harmonica
  • Harvey "The Snake" Mandel - guitar
  • Larry "The Mole" Taylor - bass
  • Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra - drums

Setlist Edit

  1. I'm Her Man
  2. Going Up the Country
  3. A Change Is Gonna Come / Leaving This Town
  4. Too Many Drivers at the Wheel
  5. I Know My Baby
  6. Woodstock Boogie
  7. On the Road Again

Details Edit

The setlist was wisely chosen and featured their greatest hits: "Going Up the Country" and "On the Road Again", the last one as the encore. The song "Woodstock Boogie" is basically an almost 30 minute jam, also including a drum solo. On their album Boogie With Canned Heat (1968) the song is called "Fried Hockey Boogie".

In the movie, during the song "A Change Is Gonna Come", you can see a man from the audience climbing on stage but instead of kicking him off singer Bob Hite shares a cigarette with him.

"I know My Baby" resembles John Lee Hooker's "Rollin' Blues" which again is a version of the Blues traditional "Rollin' and Tumblin'" [2]. Canned Heat recorded their version of "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (which has hardly any similarities to "I Know My Baby") on their first self-titled album from 1967. They also recorded and performed with Hooker so it is not unusual that they played one of "his" songs at the festival.

Miscellaneous Edit

Only two days before the Woodstock gig guitarist Henry Vestine left the band because of a fight with bassist Larry Taylor. Harvey Mandel replaced Vestine. Further drummer Adolfo de la Parra complained that they couldn't rehearse for the festival, so he also left the band. But only for short: manager Skip Taylor gained access to de la Parra's locked room and managed to fly the band via helicopter to Woodstock. They arrived just in time [3].

The Woodstock performance was Harvey Mandel's third gig with the band[4].

Availability Edit

Some songs are a patchwork of official sources and audio tapes / film outtakes. Their important songs are available in perfect quality from the following commercial sources:

Audio Edit

Video Edit

Images Edit

References Edit

  1. Sunrisesunset.com
  2. Yahoo! Woodstock Project mailing list Analysis of the song "I Know My Baby"
  3. German Wikipedia, article Canned Heat
  4. English Wikipedia, article Harvey Mandel

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