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No return to the garden

Original Santana percussionist talks of Woodstock — and its immitators

Michael Carabello, at right, original percussionist for the band Santana and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, stopped by Yogi Bearís Jellystone Park in Sturbridge for an interview with radio personality Jimmy Jay for Jimmy Jayís Rewind. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
August 18, 2009
STURBRIDGE — Ten years ago, in the summer of 1999, a riot broke out at a music festival in Rome, N.Y.

For some, that Metallica- and Limp Bizkit-induced travesty forever tainted the legacy of by its predecessor — with whom it unfortunately shares a name — Woodstock.

For those who were at Woodstock, the real Woodstock in 1969, that legacy, however abused and distorted it may have become, will never die.

"It was a moment. You can't recreate a moment. A moment is a moment," said Michael Carabello, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and original percussionist for Santana (featured on the LPs "Santana," "Abraxas," and "Santana III"), recounting his Woodstock experience for a recording of Jimmy Jay's Rewind at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Sturbridge on Tuesday.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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