Sunday, June 14, 2009

Blogaroo from Bonnaroo '09: Saturday

Posted By on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 11:50 AM

OK, so, here's the situation... The Internet service here is complete crap. I'm working on another night of four hours of sleep and my frustration level is quickly growing.

I'll give a brief rundown of Saturday, but will update with a full report on Monday of the weekend's events, with photos.

I hope you understand, but if I don't - my computer will be thrown through a window or off the top of the nearest high-rise.

The day got started with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Allstars, who kicked off their set with "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw."

I caught Alejandro Escovedo, Elvis Perkins, Cherryholmes, Allen Tousaint, Robyn Hitchcock and then had a quick interview with Grace Potter, who is fired up about her new band and upcoming T. Bone Burnett-produced album.

After an entertaining press conference that included Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, I checked out Raphael Saadiq and Bon Iver before Jenny Lewis and Of Montreal.

The best set of the day clearly belonged to The Mars Volta...until Nine Inch Nails took the stage, that is.

Trent Reznor and company rocked the living hell out of Bonnaroo in outstanding fashion. A strobe-heavy lighting set up highlighted a set that started at 1 a.m. and ended at 3:15 with "Hurt."

Before launching into "Head Like a Hole," Reznor said it would be the last NIN show in the U.S. ... ever.

Reznor said, "Don't be sad," his voice breaking up. "I think I'd lose my fuckin' mind if I kept doing this. Thank you for being a part of this. Thank you for the support over the years."

They destroyed some equipment with Dillinger Escape Plan at the end of the set, before coming back for a three-song encore, followed by another two.

At the close of "Hurt," Reznor simply said, "Thank you. Goodnight. Goodbye."

In between those, Bruce Springsteen rockd a three-hour set. During a request period of his set, he even played "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," noting, "It's too fuckin' hot for Christmas!"

More to come...

Bruce Springsteen setlist


No Surrender

My Lucky Day

Outlaw Pete

Out In The Street

Working On A Dream


Johnny 99


Raise Your Hand

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (sign request)

Growin' Up (sign request)

Thunder Road (sign request)

Waitin' On A Sunny Day

The Promised Land

The River

Kingdom of Days

Radio Nowhere (w/Jay Weinberg on drums until the end)

Lonesome Day

The Rising

Born To Run


Hard Times

10th Ave Freeze Out

Land Of Hope & Dreams

American Land


Glory Days

Dancing In The Dark

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