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Seriously Serious Concert No. 10: Bonnaroo, Saturday 6/13/09 by Barbecue Bros
June 16, 2009, 2:25 pm
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So Paul Oakenfold played a set that apparently lasted until 6am Saturday morning. I guess I was passed out from Girl Talk and it thankfully didn’t keep me up, as we were really able to hear most stages from our campsite. In any case, we ended up not getting motivated to see Chairlift at Sonic Stage at 12pm (despite our collective crush) and opted to instead drink and hang out until Bon Iver at 3:30 at This Tent, hearing Booker T. and the DBT’s from afar (though it bled over into part of Bon Iver‘s set which was a bit annoying – maybe a testament to DBT’s?). I expected a very quiet, pretty set and was surprised when it was more of a full sound. Justin Vernon seemed to be in a good mood, introducing his band from Wisconsin and NC at one point and in addition For Emma, Forever Ago and Blood Bank cuts, they pulled out a Yo La Tengo cover of “I Feel Like Going Home.” The ending crowd participation of “The Wolves (Act I and II)” singing “What might have been lost” was a nice touch to end the set.

From there we got some food and proceeded to What Stage, in what would prove to be my only real venture to the main stage the whole weekend. I’m more upbeat about Wilco after the upcoming album than I have been in years, though they’ve always been very confident live. The two hour set started off with “Wilco (The Song)” and dipped in and out of songs mostly from the past couple of albums. “Misunderstood” at the 1 hour mark was transcendant and a hot air balloon came out of nowhere to punctuate it nicely.

Jeff Tweedy seemed to be in a good mood despite looking a little haggard. The band confidently strolled through their last hour alternating between shorter songs and those that delved into near-jamband tendencies before ending on “Hoodoo Voodoo,” a “song written by Woody Guthrie” from Mermaid Avenue. The perfect late afternoon set on a nice day.

We headed back took in whatever parts of Bruce Springsteen‘s set seeped its way into our consciousness while hanging out at the campsite before catching the tail end of the show. Then moved over to Which Stage for my first Nine Inch Nails‘ show but their apparent last U.S. show ever. I was only planning to stay until I headed over to MGMT at That Tent a little early but got “March of the Pigs,” “I’m Afraid of American,” and “Piggy.” Obviously wish I could have seen “Hurt” but what are you going to do?

In fact, I wish I would have seen the rest of NIN‘s set considering how disappointed I was by MGMT, who just sounded flat from where I stood (outside of the tent, decently far back). The new songs sounded like surfer rock (interesting, considering they are recording their next album in California) and even the songs from Oracular Spectacular just didn’t have the same punch that I was expecting. I left with a few songs to go in their set because I was exhausted, though I did catch “Kids” clearly from my tent and it actually sounded really good.

We woke up on Sunday and decided to get on the road since a few of us didn’t have the foresight to take off work on Monday and none of the acts were must-see for us. We somehow managed to get Scotty’s big ass Durango through the campers and cars in the parking lot (thanks to two other groups of people also looking to leave as well as some nice campers) and parked across the street from our site, loaded up and hit the road. From there, we hit no traffic and were on the highway towards Charlotte-via-Atlanta in no time, looking at photos from the weekend and recounting stories from the past 3 days.

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