Bonnaroo Headliners Preview

by Matt De Mello

Bonnaroo just released their long away awaited lineup and Holy shitballs (my second favorite Christmas carol) this is going to be one crazy good show. Let’s start with the headliners, shall we?

  • Paul McCartney: Macha may have released the quintessential old guy album, Kisses on the Bottom, last year, but don’t let that fool you he can still rock the shit out the house. He is a former Beatle after all. When I saw him at Coachella a few years back it turned out to be one of the greatest concert experiences of my life. He isn’t Barry Manilow or Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney will blow people away in Manchester. Tennessee.
  • Mumford and Sons: Fresh off their Grammy win for Album of the Year, Marcus Mumford and his sons are ready to bring the folk/bluegrass/pop songs to an audience in Tennessee that has grown up around similar songs, but by relatives.
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: This guy doesn’t slow down he’s been chugging out hits since the early 1970’s and now he’s going to kill it in Bonnaroo. These three bands would be worth the price of admission alone, but wait it gets better.
  • Bjork: I’m not much of a fan of her music, but there is something intriguing about the idea of watching Bjork perform.
  • Wilco: I’ve seen this band play twice now. I’d love to see them 100 more times they’re amazing!
  • Pretty Lights: With Swedish House Mafia retiring, Tiesto rarely coming to our country and Skrillex being bad at music is there another electro-pop group that is more in-demand? This is the part of the show where you drop X or acid and just feel the groove.
  • R. Kelly: What if R. just whipped it out and pissed on the entire front row of people while singing part 24 of Trapped in the Closet? I’m sure most would be grossed out, but you know there would be some that’d be totally into while singing along. Long live Chappelle!
  • Wu-Tang Clan: If they get Omar on stage to play ODB I will bring Brandon back to life just for the occasion. How delightfully Meta.
  • Kendrick Lamar: Rap’s Savior is going to look to improve on what was a widely panned Coachella performance last year. I think he’ll do just fine. He’s a star now.

  • Soul Superjam featuring Jim James w/ John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Hall and Oates are more popular than ever and seeing John Oates on stage with Jim James and the preservation Hall Jazz Band is going to be an epic treat. 
  • Nas: This festival is having some of the heaviest hitters in the hip-hop game come out to Tennessee. This is going to be a highlight, mark my words.
  • Of Monsters and Men: They’ve certainly gotten very popular very fast, haven’t they? You can’t really dispute the reasons either, they’re great.

Tune in tomorrow as we take on some of the other acts. Follow The De Mello Theory on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.  We’re everywhere bitches!


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