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Promoter Drops Smaller Woodstock Show

OMPLAINING of poor ticket sales, the promoter pulled the plug Monday on the smaller of two concerts planned to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Woodstock.

And promoters of the larger Woodstock '94 festival in Saugerties, N.Y., - citing an estimated 100,000 unsold tickets on the day sales were to end - say they will extend ticket sales and relax parking rules to draw more fans.

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The first Woodstock festival in 1969 became famous because of the thousands of extra fans who showed up. This year the opposite may be the case.

Shea Entertainment Inc., which hoped to draw 50,000 fans to a nostalgia show on the Bethel farm where the original Woodstock was held, says it will give refunds to the 1,650 people who actually bought tickets.

``We had every reason to believe that there was substantial consumer interest in Bethel '94,'' Harry Rhulen of Shea Entertainment says.

``However, the apparent interest did not materialize to support a multimillion-dollar expenditure.''

Among the acts booked for the larger show are Bob Dylan, Spin Doctors, Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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