Bonnaroo 2007 - Saturday

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20 juin 2007, 1h33m

Thu 14 Jun – Bonnaroo 2007

SATURDAY

Please somebody murder the sun for me 7:45
At least I'm not hung over...must try harder 8:00
Headin to the office 2:30

Dave Attell (3:45) - The comedian I was least excited about seeing the without doubt the one I loved the most! His Jaeger promos were hilarious, as was pretty much everything else he went into.

Franz Ferdinand (6:30) - Absolutely my most anticipated set of the festival (in part due to the fact that I had previously seen the White Stripes 3 times who otherwise would have challenged them for the title) Wished they had a larger time slot than 1 1/2 hours because it was so much fun but suppose they wouldn't have had too much more material to fill it with. There was a couple technical difficulties that arose as they went along but they handled it very gracefully. They perform very true to their recordings but in addition to the great sounds they also put out great vibes which got the whole crowd going. I think many of the people there might have approached the set with vaguer familiarities based on the dancing:dancing/singing ratios I observed but everyone certainly seemed to enjoy it.

Police (9:00) - Playing to 80,000 people can be daunting even if you are head strong enough to make the world call you Sting. However he and the rest of the group definitely over came these threats and delivered a very good performance. All 3 members showed wonderful artistry with their respective parts which also came together very cleanly. Their parts didn't necessarily feed and build off one another but rather coexisted very nicely along side one another. Unfortunately, with a crowd that size that lack of physical interaction sometimes makes it difficult to connect with the performer. I wouldn't call their show a disappointment but I also would not declare it tour of the summer either as so many places and people are. I'm very happy to have seen them live but am very glad to have done so at Bonnaroo rather than spending literally hundreds of dollars to catch them at Churchill Downs next month.

Flaming Lips (12:00) - Always a great time to see one of their shows as I have a couple times before and the familiar bits don't get old at all. To make this show even better there were even bigger and better bits which I haven't been privied to before. Things like an enormous space ship that lands and takes off and the opening and closing of the show. Also I'm not sure if this is now part of their regular show now-a-days but the bubble Wayne comes out and walks (crawls more accurately) around in is very cool. I know it made its initial appearance a couple years ago at Coachella but it was absent the one time I have caught them in between that and now. The cover of "War Pigs" they did for a "sound check" was also amazing. Their set was totally packed full of fun and entertainment but in the end I wished there were more songs performed. Wayne spent a fair amount of time making speeches which didn't seem ingenuine but did put a damper on the otherwise non-stop excitement of their live show. Don't get me wrong...I hope for, relate to, and apprecicate all the things he discussed but "relax man"...there is definitely a lot of love between you guys and us but its a kind of love that is best expressed through dancing and trying to catch confetti out of the air while you are high. Speaking of and getting back on track, another extention of his extreme graciousness (one which I will not gripe about) was the larger than normal amounts of confetti and giant balloons to play with throughout the set. Their giving ways kept on going with the way they allowed a large group of fans (as they always do) on stage for their entire set to dance along in provided costumes. A new feature I got to see for the first time involved at least 100 pen lasers that were tossed out to the crowd before the set started and which danced like a swarm of mating mayflies on the top of the stage rigging endlessly all throughout their set. This mating dance reached climax when at his command everyone aimed and fired their beams onto a mirror Wayne was holding and which caused them to be reflected across a huge stream of smoke, which revealed their twinkling splendor. Then everyone was instructed to focus their beams onto a huge white balloon that was release into the crowd. It resembled an orb of red lighting and was also quite an amazing sight whether you were under the influence or not. So while many songs were unfortunately left off the setlist they were sacrificed for the sake of a great number of incredible experiences and memories.

Call it a day 2:30

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  • violetrix

    I'm jealous of your Police-watching, as I know my mom would have been proud of me if I'd gone. Sounds like it must've been an overall great weekend.

    26 juin 2007, 3h33m
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