US Festival Documentary Featuring Tom Petty, The Cars, The Police Set For August Release
It was 36 years ago when the Apple computer founder Steve Wozniak presented the three-day Us Festival on Labor Day weekend at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California.
400,000 concert enthusiasts came out to rock out to sets by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Police, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, The B-52s, The Cars, The Talking Heads and The Ramones from September 3-5.
For those of us on the East Coast that weren’t able to make the festival back then (or if you weren’t old enough or born yet), a new documentary about the making of the festival will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray this Friday (Aug. 10). The film —The US Festival: 1982 The US Generation–will include interviews with Wozniak, Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, Eddie Money, The Ramones’ Marky Ramone, The B-52s’ Kate Pierson, The Police’s Stewart Copeland and The Grateful Dead‘s Mickey Hart, among others. It also features archival appearances by Johnny and Joey Ramone, Carlos Santana, Sting, The Cars’ Ric Ocasek and The B-52s’ Fred Schneider.
Although the festival–co-organized by promoter Bill Graham– lost $12 million initially, the events of that day are the stuff of legend.
“I thought, ‘Wow, time for a big huge concert out in the middle of nowhere,'” said Wozniak. “And I was just thinking the whole time…’I am so thankful that I have all this money from Apple that I can do it, ’cause nobody else would.'”