This article mentions instances of sexual assault and violence.
These days, you’re most likely familiar with Carson Daly from his gig on TODAY.
But if you’re a certain age, you probably spent your teenage years watching Carson host the iconic MTV show Total Request Live.
As you might know from the multiple documentaries that were released in the past year, Woodstock ’99 was a disaster. Three people died, there were multiple instances of sexual assault and violence, and the three-day festival ended with riots, fires, and property destruction at the festival grounds in Rome, NY.
I’ve been getting asked about #woodstock99 a ton recently due to the @netflix doc that’s out,” he wrote, before saying that “All I can say is I thought I was going to die.”
Carson wrote that, even though his own TRL broadcast from the festival “started off great,” during band interviews he “started getting pelted with bottles, rocks, lighters, all of it.”
“It got insane, fast,” he added, saying that by the time rap-rock band Limp Bizkit were playing their hit song “Break Stuff” at sundown, “the prisoners were officially running the prison.”
Carson also recounted how his MTV boss at the time said to the TRL crew, “We can no longer guarantee your safety, it’s time to go!”
“I remember being in a production van driving recklessly through corn fields to get to safety. It was so crazy & a blur now.”
Carson said that the experience of being at Woodstock ’99 made him feel like he was “in another country during military conflict.”
“I have so many fun memories from that era, this was not one of them,” he concluded. “Needless to say, I haven’t taken the fam back to Rome, NY for a vacation.”
You can see Carson’s entire post here.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here.