The hits keep on coming
What appears to be Spin's final Bonnaroo post, a review of Martha Wainwright and Widespread Panic, is now online. This is so awesome.
It was an unusually poignant and reverent Sunday (June 17) at Bonnaroo this year. As debaucherous and overwhelming as a festival weekend can be, the candor of a few of the day's acts recalled the simpler, earlier time where festival culture was born. In a celebration of respect for the past, recognition of the present, and lunging towards the future, Sunday was a time for today's classics to shine.
A little overdone, but not bad. I'm mostly with her.
With the addition of guitar virtuoso Jimmy Herring, Panic's roster was stronger than ever...
I'm no Panic fan, but that's pretty insensitive. I know there was a guy between, but Herring is "replacing" a dude (Michael Houser) who was loved by fans and died of pancreatic cancer at age 40. Bad form. No reflection on Herring, who by all accounts is a first-class gent.
R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" blared from the stage speakers as the crowd trickled out of Centeroo and all we were left with was the unexplainable and irreplaceable experiences of another year in musical utopia where it's hot in the sun and hot onstage as well. With the performers of today perpetuating the culture of the past, Sunday night was the end of our Bonnaroo world and we knew it -- but it sure was fine.
Bestest show ever!!1!11! OMG!
Here's hoping they tone it down next year and send some correspondents with actual critical prowess. Either that or just syndicate the Kellie Pickler tour message board, because I'm pretty sure the content would match up about eighty percent of the time.
I'm done with this. Thanks for humoring me. Hopefully I'll see some of you at the Black Keys and Dinosaur Jr. show tonight at Tabernacle.