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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 Jam, Metallica, and Jack MFing Johnson. I’m just hoping that the network’s plan of interviews, live performances, and other coverage somehow involves enticing Lez-not-Led Zeppelin into their media tent, since that’s my favorite story to emerge from the festival so far. [AP]

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!

So instead, they wait until tickets are already on sale to announce Zeppelin– but they also float the idea out there informally, as a “wink wink, nudge nudge” to the fans that follow live music closely. Even better, they book LEZ Zeppelin so that they can point to a specific point that’s causing all the confusion.

I also think that if this is the case, it was genius to announce the lineup at midnight. The drama/confusion plays out overnight, rather than during the day when everyone is at work checking the internet. By the morning, they knew all this would be cleared up– and tickets will go on sale with a normal health demand.

Bonnaroo tickets will sell out regardless, like they have the past few years. They don’t need to announce Zeppelin on day 1.

I know it’s a long shot, I know it’s a crazy complicated conspiracy theory. But it’s also EXACTLY the way to work the situation if it’s true.

Hmm. Hmmmm! It sounds crazy enough to be sorta… plausible?

Earlier: A Roach’s comment
[Photo: AP]

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

lednotlez.pngThe 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 “headliners.” (Well, at least she’s as good at figuring out in-joke-laden riddles as we are.) According to my sources who weren’t out on the town during this whole kerfuffle, we can blame the NME for the foul-up. Tsk tsk, NME. You should have run with the “surprise Baltimora show” angle instead!

Led (sic!!!!) Zeppelin Heads Bonnaroo Lineup [AP]

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:

Pearl Jam
Jack Johnson
Kanye West
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Phil Lesh & Friends
My Morning Jacket
The Allman Brothers Band
The Raconteurs
Willie Nelson
Death Cab for Cutie
B.B. King
Sigur Ros
Levon Helm and the Ramble on the Road
Ben Folds
The Bluegrass Allstars ft. Luke Bulla, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton
Umphrey’s McGee
Iron & Wine
Yonder Mountain String Band
Swell Season
Talib Kweli
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival
Gogol Bordello
Broken Social Scene
Robert Randolph’s Revival
Rilo Kiley
Lupe Fiasco
Against Me!
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Pat Green
Tegan & Sara
Solomon Burke
Drive-By Truckers
The Avett Brothers
Israel Vibration
Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck
Phil Lesh / Larry Campbell / Jackie Greene
Aimee Mann
The Fiery Furnaces
Orchestra Baobab
Ghostland Observatory
Jose Gonzalez
Dark Star Orchestra
Minus the Bear
Donavon Frankenreiter
Lez Zeppelin
State Radio
Jakob Dylan
Two Gallants
The Sword
Vampire Weekend
Little Feat
Nicole Atkins
The Felice Brothers
Mason Jennings
The Lee Boys
Black Kids
Serena Ryder
Steel Train
Grupo Fantasma
Back Door Slam

Bonnaroo Comedy:
Bonnaroo Late Night Chat About with David Cross
Janeane Garofalo
Zach Galifianakis
Jim Norton
Brian Posehn
Mike Birbiglia
John Mulaney
Michelle Buteau

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

AP060617039320.jpgSo 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! After yesterday’s torrent of riddles and the fact that every clue could be guessed semi-correctly by plugging in the name of any band that appeals to liberal-arts college students–from Dispatch to Metallica to Panda Bear to Hall and Oates–the only “surprise” headliner I can think of at this point is the original lineup of Color Me Badd. Of course, this is the NME we’re talking about, so that surprise will probably wind up being a reuniting relic. Only in this case it’ll be Menswe@r. [NME / Bonnaroo ’06 photo via AP]

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.

1. “There is more than one Manchester”

2. “Memphis isn’t Albany”

3. “Clouds taste this way”

4. “Some Herrings are red, Jimmy”

5. “Hard Substance, Soft Substance”

6. “Janis Joplin’s reserves will be preserved”

7. “Rumors are just rumors, but twist them sideways, grow your humor hair and they become a more yen reality. No, this is not about Fleetwood Mac”

8. “It’s not sour, what is sowed in the earth”

9. “Three certain birds, add one”

10. “Look to the center of Europe to get the sound, but the band comes form all around.”

11. “Here is another clue for you message board people. Open up the church and you will see the steeple. Some of your guesses have been way off but correct for the wrong clues. Now I must cough.”

Oh my God, what music blogger wrote that last one? Anyway, feel free to post your guesses in comments. I’m guessing that No. 1 is a reference to Morrissey and No. 4 means that one day will be punctuated by a live-action revival of Clue: The Movie, but if No. 6 winds up being about Joss Stone I’m going to flip out.

Bonnaroo [Official site via Stereogum]