Bonnaroo: Kanye West Gets Up With The Sun

AP071013025698.jpgOur 2008 Bonnaroo correspondent EJ Friedman sends along a note on Kanye West’s set, which was hastily rescheduled to 2:45 a.m. Saturday/Sunday and didn’t get going until the break of dawn: Nothing wrong with Kanye West’s ego being the size of Jupiter, but his “glow-in-the-dark spectacular” was short on spectacle, long on wait, and not at all what was promised. Was it because Pearl Jam ran late? Was it because of a disagreement over the safety of some portion of his set? Was it because Kanye’s over-inflated sense of self has crashed headlong into his limitations as a human being?

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Set Your DVRs

Music television also-ran Fuse is taking my advice and stepping up its live-musical-event game; it’s planning six hours of programming to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival next month, for those of you who aren’t in the mood to travel all the way to Tennessee for the express purpose of seeing Pearl… More »

Are The Bonnaroo Organizers Trying To Fake Out Led Zeppelin Fans?

AP85071301050.jpgWe all got some late-night roffles when multiple news outlets ran with the fake news that Led Zeppelin would be playing Bonnaroo this year, even though the official lineup announcement said that all-lesbian lady Led Zep tribute band Lez Zeppelin would be playing. But what if the announcement of the not-real thing was a way to throw Led Zeppelin diehards off, and make sure that true Bonnaroo fans get their tickets first? One of our commenters, A Roach, thinks this might be the case! He explains: “For argument’s sake, lets say [Led Zeppelin] really ARE headling. No way could Superfly announce it before tickets go on sale–the thing would sell out instantly with people who don’t usually go to Bonnaroo. The “real” Roo fans would largely be shut out (or at least left to the luck of the draw). This would be a disaster for Superfly: the loyalty/brand would be damaged, and the fans who have gone every year would crucify them. But Superfly knows this.”

More conspiracizing after the jump!

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AP Editors Get A Little Too Excited About The Prospect Of Led Zeppelin Playing Bonnaroo

The above screengrab comes from the AP’s story on the Bonnaroo lineup, which clearly suffered from having a night copyeditor who wasn’t up on her “funny” lesbian cock-rock cover bands that are almost named after icons of said genre and are, ahem, billed way, way too low to be considered… More »

The Bonnaroo Lineup: Jack Johnson Proves Himself To Be A Total Festival Whore

AP060617039320.jpgHey, the Bonnaroo lineup got announced! And those of you who are excited about the prospect of seeing Coachella-headlining surfer Jack Johnson and therapy-assisted cranks Metallica and total dudes My Morning Jacket and soul pioneer Solomon Burke and a Wallflower-less Jakob Dylan during the same weekend–if any of you exist, I guess–will be completely psyched, because all of those acts are playing the Tennessee festival. And so are many others, including Lupe Fiasco and Janeane Garofalo! Man I hope I can be backstage for that meeting. Full lineup (via The Tripwire) after the jump. Hype-averse types be warned–it does include both Black Kids and Vampire Weekend, who I hope are playing either back-to-back or simultaneously if only to spark a thousand “thoughtful” blog posts:

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Is The “Surprise” Bonnaroo Headliner Going To Be All That Surprising?

So NME’s Web site is announcing one of the Bonnaroo headliners at midnight EST, and according to their claims said headliner is going to be surprising! More »

Bonnaroo Tries To Make Lineup Announcement Seem More Exciting Through The Power Of Slightly Infuriating Riddles

BonnarooLogo.jpgBonnaroo–the Manchester, Tenn.-based music festival where those people who describe their tastes as “indie” and those people who really like jam bands come together in a way that hasn’t been seen since their freshman-year Psych 101 lectures–is announcing its lineup this week, and to get people excited/remind them to keep checking the official site for updates, the organizers have posted eleven “riddles” that are clues as to who’s playing the fest. (A trick sorta ripped off from The Bamboozle, just saying.) I’m an old-school Games Magazine subscriber who loves twisty word games, but these so-called clues proved too much for my Petty-and-chili-addled brain to process. Perhaps you would like to give them a try? They’re after the jump.

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