Review Roundup: Bonnaroo ’09


As it turns out, Music Festival Wizard wasn’t the only media outlet to attend Bonnaroo this year. Check out the following to fill in the blanks from your Bonnaroo experience.

Let’s kick off with a Rolling Stone review by Kevin O’Donnell. In this clip, he talks about Bruce’s bizarre choice of playing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”:

Mid-way through, Springsteen shouted, “it’s 259 days to Christmas. Have you all been good? You haven’t been taking any brown acid?” It was a strange and hilarious moment, and one that will go down one of Bonnaroo’s most memorable. [Read the rest of this review…]

Our friend Zack Teibloom over at Festival Crashers reviewed a bunch of shows including Wilco, Bon Iver, and Girl Talk. Here’s a blurb from their Phish show review:

As Phish wound down a spacier first set than Friday night, Trey said, “we’re having such a good time here, I can’t even describe it with words”. He then told us of his first concert 30 years ago in a small venue and how he thought all concerts would be that incredible and was sad when they weren’t. [Read the rest of the review…]

Wall Street Journal readers were treated to this report filed by Jim Fusilli:

Gaggles of blissed-out friends flocked from venue to venue — eight in all — seeking a shared experience with musicians and their music. Their code: Make magic or we’re gone; there’s something happening not too far away. [Read the rest of review…]

And finally we finish up with Brian Mansfield and Dave Paulson and their thoughts in USA Today:

Though the average Bonnaroo attendee looked to be about 23, Jimmy Buffett’s a natural fit for Bonnaroo’s post-Deadhead incarnation. He noted as much as he and his Coral Reefer All Stars kicked off the music Saturday. “I’ve been meaning to come here for a long time,” the barefoot singer said, as he launched into a string of Parrothead favorites, including Son of a Son of a Sailor and Cheeseburger in Paradise. [Read more of this review…]

Born during a backstage Bonnaroo downpour, Vito's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to all the great festivals that this wide world has to offer.