MVD Entertainment Group has released the trailer for the authorized documentary "The Us Festival: 1982 The Us Generation," which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 10. The film tells the story of the first Us Festival, which was a California event inspired by the Woodstock Festival and started in 1982 by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, as well as promoted by Bill Graham Presents. The intention was to have the Us Festival every year, but the festival took place only one more time in 1983. The Us Festival reportedly lost $12 million each year, essentially making it too much of a financial liability to keep doing the event.
The first Us Festival was held in San Bernadino, California, on Sept. 3-5, 1982, at an open-air field amphitheater that Wozniak paid to build. The site is now the home of the Glen Helen Amphitheater, formerly known as the San Manuel Amphitheater. Artists who performed at the 1982 Us Festival included Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Pat Benatar, The Police, Talking Heads, Grateful Dead, The Kinks, The B-52's, Oingo Boingo, The Ramones, Santana, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, The Cars and Eddie Money. Approximately 400, 000 people attended the festival over the course of the event's three days
The second Us Festival in 1983 expanded to four days and added artists representing heavy metal and country music, such as Van Halen and Willie Nelson. An estimated 670,000 people attended the event. The authorized documentary "Us Festival 1983: Days 1-3" was released on iTunes in 2010 and on DVD in 2013.
"The Us Festival: 1982 The Us Generation" includes performance clips from Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Police, Santana, The B-52s and The Cars. The film also has exclusive interviews with Wozniak, Money, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone, B-52's singer Kate Pierson, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.
Wozniak, who left Apple in 1985, is no longer producing music festivals, but he hasn't gotten out of the event business. In 2016, he co-founded the annual Silicon Valley Comic Con, which is held in San Jose, California.