John Scher was studying Political Science but dropped out of college when he realized that he was earning more than enough money in his part-time job as a promoter. Scher created a name for himself in the entertainment industry and worked with various artists and musicians. He managed the Capitol Theatre in New Jersey for 18 years and was good at what he did. “I became the youngest major promoter and stayed that way for 20 years,” he told NJ.
As one of the organizers of Woodstock ’99, Scher faced controversy after the catastrophic music festival. Attendees blamed overpriced food and drinks, lack of security, and insufficient toilets for the riots. In response, Scher said that the looting, arson, and sexual assaults that occurred were done by “deranged” people. “Nobody does those kinds of things because a hot dog is $3 instead of $2.50,” he told MTV. In 2022, Netflix released a documentary titled “Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99,” wherein attendees and performers talked about the catastrophic festival, and details about how the organizers set up the event were revealed.