It was amazing. I'm two shows behind on my writeups and photos
(Bamboozle Day 2, The Gaslight Anthem) but I might put those on hold for relevance reasons--I need to get my Bonnaroo stuff up on my site.
was phenomenal.. over three hours and nearly thirty songs.. he's an incredible guitarist, something I don't think you can understand on his albums. We know he's (one of?) the best songwriter of our time, but he's actually amazing on the axe. His band is absurdly talented and well-rehearsed. He is the reason most of the bands covered on this site are laughable. Bruce spent a good portion of the time hanging in the crowd. His son's great musical taste of punk performers is wearing well on the old bastard. It was amazing to get so close to the stage, when a normal Bruce show puts you way away in a stadium.
.. rec'd to me by a kid during acoustic Portugal The Man.. blew me away. Easily the best tent performance of all four days. I've never been so amazed by a band I'd never heard.
- wow, what a performance. Probably top five all weekend.
Nine Inch Nails
were great. Never seen them before, but glad to catch their last US performance ever. Singles-heavy setlist but the other cuts were powerhouses. Great.
.. very heavy on the punk-side, but they did throw in a few crowd-appeasing hits. Great performers. Guest appearance by Nas
was strong. Proof they are a real band deserving of their success, they rocked live.
- a host of new mixes.. Red Hot Chili Peppers mash was nice. Hell of a performer, what a dance party.
- dance party. Rocking.. forget their albums, this is a band to see live.
- more dance party.
Amadou & Mariam
- a huge influence on my own music, it was nice to see him perform solo acoustic (before being joined by a full band, Jenny Lewis, and more). He writes incredible songs. Great show, if a little short.
- very nice surprise, great set.
That's off the top of my head.. I saw another 20 or so acts that I'll write up for my site later. I have a shit ton of setlists and photos.
Here's Bruce's... if this isn't a near-perfect 28 song setlist, I don't know what is..
My Lucky Day
Out In The Street
Working On A Dream
Raise Your Hand
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (""It's too fucking hot for Santa!")
Waiting On A Sunny Day
The Promised Land
Kingdom Of Days
Born To Run
Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
Land Of Hope And Dreams
Dancing In The Dark