Dead and Company has announced that they will not be performing at Woodstock 50 if the festival goes ahead.
Their departure news comes from a reliable source from Rolling Stone Magazine. John Fogerty and rapper Jay-Z were the first two to have backed out of the same festival.
Billboard also reported that the festival organiser, Michael Lang have confirmed that agents to all the lineup artists have been contacted and said that the artists are still invited to play the festival but they were not "legally obligated to show up". Even though many artists were paid in advance, their original contracts were nullified when Woodstock 50 was originally to be held at Watkins Glen.
A statement on Woodstock 50's website says, "To the more than 100,000 of you who have responded to our situation with support and solidarity… a heartfelt 'thank you.' Our intention holds firm. To deliver a world-class, once-in-a-lifetime festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. To honor a cultural icon that changed the way we think about music and togetherness… and will do so again. We're in this together, as reflected by your words of support.