Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy recalled the infamous incident that took place in the late ’90s during the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ show in Woodstock.

Back in 1999, at Woodstock Festival, a small number of people acted aggressively and rioted, pillaged, and looted during the show. This riot ended with 44 arrests and around 10.000 slightly injured people. The media blamed Red Hot Chili Peppers for the mess as they were on the stage while these incidents were occurring.

HBO recently released a documentary about the 99′ Woodstock event. After watching the documentary, Mike Portnoy wanted to share his opinion about the incident and review their setlist.

As Mike said, what happened in the audience was tragic. On the other hand, he praised Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance and stated that they are one of the best live bands in the world. Afterward, the iconic drummer paid his respect to Flea and Chad Smith by saying they are ‘one of the tightest rhythm sections on earth.’

Mike Portnoy on controversial Woodstock show:

Watched the fascinating Woodstock 99 Documentary on HBO Max a few nights ago and afterwards, went down a Red Hot Chili Peppers rabbit hole on YouTube and watched their entire W99 set. While what was brewing in the audience was tragic, what was happening on stage was magic!

Circumstances aside, they were totally on fire (no pun intended)! A reminder why they are one of the greatest live bands around… All the jamming and spontaneity between songs was so freaking awesome, and Flea and Chad Smith are one of the tightest rhythm sections on earth!”

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