Woodstock 50 founder is pushing back on claims that artists have pulled out of anniversary concert, but agents say he's wrong.
Hiring Trump's attorney is not exactly the expression of "peace, love and music" that most would expect from the founder of Woodstock, but with his legacy and anniversary event on the line, Michael Lang is fighting back against detractors who say Woodstock 50 is doomed.
"Dave, my grip is right here and it’s fine," he wrote in an email to Billboard shortly after the email newsletter The Real reported "Lang is Losing His Grip" in the subjectline of their newsletter. He also hired attorney Marc Kasowitz, a well-known trial lawyer and partner of the New York-based law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres who previously served as personal outside attorney for President Donald Trump and briefly represented him in the Russia probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
"A story just ran in Billboard saying that the Woodstock 50 artists can terminate their contracts because the agreements were with Dentsu and the festival is canceled," Kasowitz wrote in an email to Lang's publicist at Rogers and Cowan who then forwarded it to Billboard as part of an inquiry in our reporting. "Both those statements are untrue. The artists’ agreements are with Woodstock 50 LLC and the festival has not been canceled and preparations are continuing."