Bonnaroo 08 wrapup: When the words fail, post video

All right, PopWatchers. It’s been two days since Bonnaroo, but I can’t bring myself to type any more adjectives. Still, I want to make sure you have the full pocket-pet experience, so I decided to embed a few things here to sum up my long weekend. Hope it’ll suffice — there’s lots of good video out there if you look. (And here’s a hot tip: Pearl Jam is now taking preorders for the official bootleg of their set, which is well worth owning.)

First up, this tidbit from the start of My Morning Jacket’s endless Friday night set. It doesn’t capture their luscious sound so well, but it will give you an idea of the amount of stuff (besides rain) that was flying through the sky and hitting me in the head. Yep, those are glowsticks.

Search "My Morning Jacket" on YouTube for more clips from the show (someone’s got the Kirk Hammett guest spot on there, complete with crowd shots that make me feel like I’m back in it; turn down your speakers, the sound is crushingly bad). Then check out my gallery of photos, all my shots on Flickr, and join me after the jump for good video from Broken Social Scene, Swell Season, and Metallica. Finding more clips you like? Post them in the comments!

Broken Social Scene, "Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)"

Swell Season, "Falling Slowly"

Metallica, "Enter Sandman"

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  • Dan Daoust

    Oh, James. If only you could sing Enter Sandman live just half as well as it sounds on the album. Just half. Sadly, it has never happened.

  • Sara

    Aaah! I want to go back! How long until next year?

  • Jill

    Wait – does this mean we’ll never find out what some of your MMJ Blackberry notes meant?! That’s just cruel Whitney!

  • whitney pastorek

    Jill: Which ones in particular are you interested in having elaborated? I can assure you anything that’s not a song name or the word “pouring!” is either a caught lyric or a totally nonsensical reference to something now washed away by rain and time. But I’m happy to help…

  • Jill

    Thanks! The ones that stick out are “now they’re just f*cking with us” and I’m curious to have expanded what the security guard was doing and how MMJ acted when the freaking omnichord broke! Thanks for all the Bonnaroo posts – they really make me want to go! Then again, I wouldn’t have a press pass so I suspect it wouldn’t be quite as cool…

  • whitney pastorek

    Jill: “Now they are just f—ing with us” was a reference to “Run Thru,” which was the third-to-last song in the set but went on, seriously, for like 20 minutes. It was so long my friend left to go catch her ride and walked halfway to the other side of the field before texting back, “They’re still playing the same song, aren’t they?”
    The poor security guard, Jason, was stuck with no raincoat, with his back to the stage, watching us dance/make fools of ourselves for four hours. I think this reached its peak during the Kool and the Gang number.
    And when the omnichord broke… well, there was a tragic moment of silence, with some ugly noises. Then they just pressed on with the rest of “Touch Me 2,” Jim occasionally singing the omnichord parts in his beautiful falsetto, the song not necessarily diminished but just a bit less climactic– the slow grind to a halt at the end (of both set and song) was one of my favorite parts at Coachella. But who could complain at that point?

  • Chris Devaney

    Any scoop on the Kanye situation? Is it true that he refused to play while anyone else was performing? He really lost out on an opportunity with the way his set played out. It ended up being embarrassing for all parties involved.

  • whitney pastorek

    Chris, I have no idea if that rumor is true (though it certainly worked out that way). All I know is that it took a long time to get Pearl Jam’s rig down, and an even longer time to get Kanye’s spaceship thingy up. Eventually, the giant video screens on either side of the stage stopped predicting a set time and went with, “Kanye West Up Next!”– an exclamation point I found very optimistic. Some kids up front threw stuff at the stage, reportedly breaking LED screens. Most everyone booed loud enough that you could hear it from a distance. I think there were many factors that caused the delay, but the problem could have been averted in the first place if he’d checked his ego at the door and played during his original slot, during which time I’d have happily gone to see him instead of Jack Johnson (who I already saw at Coachella). But I don’t think Kanye knows how to turn the ego off anymore, which is a shame.

  • Meagan

    I was at Phil Lesh and Friends while Kanye was supposed to play, and supposedly they stopped 45 minutes early b/c Kanye asked them to! I was wondering if you knew that was true?

  • whitney pastorek

    Meagan: I have no idea if that’s true, but it would surprise me if it was. Did you enjoy Phil Lesh? I only heard “Truckin’,” but it sounded great.

  • Meagan

    I did enjoy Phil Lesh, but the superjam tribute to Waits with Lesh, Claypool, and Jackie Greene was even better!

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