NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z's got 99 problems but Woodstock isn't one: The rap king has pulled out of the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival just weeks before the troubled event is supposed to take place.
A person familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to discuss the plans publicly, told The Associated Press on Friday that Jay-Z will no longer close the three-day festival scheduled for Aug. 16-18.
The news comes on the same day that John Fogerty, who performed at the original 1969 festival with Creedence Clearwater Revival, pulled out of the anniversary event.
Woodstock 50 has faced a series of setbacks in the last few months, including permit denials and the loss of a financial partner and a production company. The event doesn't have a venue and tickets have yet to go on sale.
Spectators attend the Woodstock 25th anniversary concert August 13, 1994 at Winston Farm in Saugerties, NY. An international media event that helped launch the careers of many gold and platinum-selling artists, the Woodstock 25th anniversary festival was attended by over 350,000 spectators and spawned a platinum-selling double, live CD and home video, as well as the highest grossing music pay-per-view broadcast in history. (Photo by Remi Benali/Liaison)
Aug 99 Bethel, New York Woodstock Anniversary. The Crowd Fills The Rolling Meadow Of Sullivan County In Front Of The Stage At The Original Woodstock Festival Site In Bethel, New York August 15. Several 1969 Artists Returned For 'A Day In The Garden' Celebrating 30 Years After The Original Festival At Max Yasgur's Farm. (Photo By Joe Traver/Getty Images)
BETHEL, NY - AUGUST 14: A plaque marks the original site location as the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival approaches August 14, 2009 in Bethel, New York. On August 15-17 in 1969 an estimated 400,000 music fans gathered on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, N.Y. for the most celebrated music festival ever. The 40th anniversary concert will take place tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Detail view of paintings adorning a Hippies 'Magic Bus' on display as part of 'The Story of the Sixties and Woodstock' at the Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a museum built on the site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival, May 28, 2008. The museum, which is schedule to open to the public on June 02, 2008, explores the experience of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, via photos, artifacts and multi-media exhibits. On August 15 to 17 August, 1969, some 500,000 spectators gathered in a field to attend the Woodstock music festival, a landmark musical display reflecting the cultural transformation of American youths at that time. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Memorabilia from the Woodstock music festival is displayed at 'The Story of the Sixties and Woodstock' on May 28, 2008 at the Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a gallery built on the site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival in Bethel, New York. The museum, which is scheduled to open to the public on June 02, 2008, explores the experience of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair via photos, artifacts and multi-media exhibits. On August 15 to 17 August, 1969, some 500,000 spectators gathered in a field to attend the Woodstock music festival, a landmark musical display reflecting the cultural transformation of American youth. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
BETHEL, NY - AUGUST 12: A post of signs notes the 25th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock music and arts festival held on Max Yasger's farm in Bethel, N.Y. A free concert is being held on the site this weekend. (Photo by John Bohn/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 14: Richie Havens sits at the monument, erected in 1984, where the original Woodstock festival took place in 1969 at Bethel, N.Y. Havens was scheduled to play the 1998 Woodstock festival., (Photo by David Handschuh/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: The rock band The Who's original 'premier' bass drum skin from Woodstock Music Festival 1969 at the Rock And Roll Pop Culture Auction at Gotta Have It! store on December 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
E 354803 017 26Jul99 Rome, New York The Sun Sets In The Western Sky As The Red Hot Chili Peppers Close The Woodstock Music And Arts Festival In Rome, Ny, July 25. The 30Th Anniversary Festival, In Its Third And Final Night, Was Staged At The Former Griffiss Air Force Base. (Photo By Joe Traver/Getty Images)
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With Fogerty and rapper-actor Common by his side, Michael Lang — the original festival's co-founder — announced in March that Jay-Z, Dead & Company, the Killers, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons and Chance the Rapper would perform at Woodstock 50. The festivities were supposed to take place across three main stages at Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the original site, but the venue pulled out.
Bloomberg reported Thursday that the event will now take place at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater in Columbia, Maryland. A representative for Woodstock 50 told The Associated Press that she couldn't confirm the report and said the organizers had no further comment.
Though he's no longer performing at Woodstock 50, Fogerty will perform at Woodstock's original site in Bethel, New York, in a smaller anniversary event not connected to Woodstock 50. The 74-year-old will hit the stage at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is holding its event during the same three-day weekend. Fogerty will close out the celebration on Aug. 18, while Ringo Starr will perform on Aug. 16 and Santana — also booked for the larger anniversary event — will perform on Aug. 17.
The Black Keys, originally scheduled to perform at Woodstock 50, announced in April that they had to cancel their performance due to a scheduling conflict.
Other artists scheduled for the troubled Woodstock 50 include Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, David Crosby, Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile, Country Joe McDonald, Halsey, the Lumineers and India.Arie.