Worth It? Hell yes! Get free camping at Vantage, and leave after Cocker! You'll beat the traffic, avoid Steve Miller, and get a head start on the post-funk.
Twice in my life, I believe my voice has made a difference. The first was when I was very young, and I left a note in the suggestion box at Bainbridge Island's McDonald's that said something to the effect of: "I think you should change from serving frozen yogurt to ice cream. I think a lot more people would buy it." Sure enough, they've switched.
The second time, I was a few years older. When I visited German in 1998, I saw Joe Cocker perform at The Lorelei. It's basically a rock that hangs over the Rhine river. This wasn't some Chateau Ste. Michelle, wine-and-cheese, washed-up hippie event. The man was greeted by a frenetic crowd, and I've still never seen so many photographers at a show in my entire life.
Upon my return to the States, I visited Cocker's Web site, where I left a note in their virtual suggestion box that said something to the effect of: "Joe Cocker: PLEASE PLAY AMERICA AGAIN!!!" Maybe a year later, he opened for (sigh) Tina Turner.
There has yet to be a third time.
Pop Quiz: Which Yardbird played lead guitar on Cocker's studio version of "With a Little Help From My Friends?" Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, or Jimmy Page? Answer after the jump.