The farm is flooded and Bonnaroo is underway. The 11 year festival has had some truly epic moments. Let’s look back at our Top 5 favorite moments ever at Bonnaroo, in no particular order.
1) Beastie Boys play their last live show ever
Though nobody knew it at the time, the Beastie’s 2009 set would end up being their last live show ever. Just one month month later, “MCA” Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer and they cancelled all their shows. The ironic thing is , they played this show as if it was their very first show ever.
2) Bruce goes Christmas caroling
In 2009 in the middle of June on a hot , steamy, night, Bruce and the Band, after seeing a sign in the crowd with Santa Claus on it, decided to go into “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and it turned out to be one of the best sing-alongs Bonnaroo has ever seen. Because honestly, who doesn’t know the words?
3) My Morning Jacket: Late Night performance 2008
For years, MMJ was almost like a house band at Bonnaroo, but in 2008 they stepped up to the famous Which Stage Late Night slot and hit a fucking home run. On the heels of their 5th album release, “Evil Urges”, the band was ready to explode. A nearly four hour set, My Morning Jacket ripped through all their biggest hits at that time and a bunch of covers, from “Across 110th Street” to “Get Down on It” to “Home Sweet Home.” This was also the show when Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett joined them for the epic “One Big Holiday”. Many say that this was the show that made MMJ and that they were considered the first band to be “made by Bonnaroo.”
4) Radiohead: Headlining performance 2006
Radiohead was already one of the biggest bands in the world when they came to Bonnaroo in 2006, but their headlining performance would become legend among fans of Bonnaroo and prove to anyone who had any doubts that they were an amazing live band. Many critics and publications consider this to be Radiohead’s greatest show ever. That’s what happens when they play for 2 and a half hours and combine much of their old stuff with many songs that no one had ever heard before off of their unreleased “In Rainbows” album. Other headliners Tom Petty and Phil Lesh didn’t even stand a chance.
5) The Police Reunite
The Police’s 2007 performance at Bonnaroo as part of their reunion tour was just awesome. They came out and played every single hit they had ever made and the crowd of 80,000 absolutely ate it up. Sting’s vocals sounded great (and of course he looked great in his tank-top), Andy Summers ripped the guitar all night, and Stewart Copeland was as funky as usual on the kit. The band was tight as all hell, once again proving to us that the power trio is the best type of lineup in rock and roll.