Bonnaroo Preview: Phish

When the first Bonnaroo took place in 2002, Phish had been “on hiatus” for nearly 2 years, and there was relentless speculation that Trey Anastasio’s festival-closing set would transmogrify into the band’s comeback. The rumors never panned out, but the possibility electrified the weekend. You could feel the excitement in the stiff Tennessee air for three days.

PhishImagine, then, what it is going to be like to actually have Phish on the farm. Bonnaroo began as an event aimed squarely at the band’s gigantic fan base, and now, after 8 years, they’re finally coming to Manchester. It could have never happened. After 2004, Phish could have been done forever. Bonnaroo would have gone on, but not having a Phish performance would have been one giant gap in the still-evolving history of the festival.

Now, with the event firmly established as world-class attraction, Phish has helped create one of the most unique Bonnaroos ever. For the first time, a headliner will perform twice without the two performances happening on consecutive days. The band will perform the festival’s first-ever late-night headlining set on Friday – and no, I’m not counting the debacle that was Kanye West at dawn in 2008 – and the festival-ending set on Sunday.

While Phish have welcomed guests with open arms in the past, sit-ins have gotten less frequent over the years. It’s hard to say if anyone will join Phish during their sets, or if any band members will appear during other performances. In any case, the possibility is there – the band is on record as fans of King Sunny Ade (performing Friday at the Other Tent), they’ve occasionally covered “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys (performing just in front of Phish Friday night), and even hobnobbed with David Byrne (performing Friday on the Which Stage) in the past. It’s no stretch to fantasize that even Snoop Dogg could be invited to rap with the band, since Jay-Z did just that in Brooklyn during Phish’s 2004 “farewell” tour.

All of this speculation and anticipation begs the question – is Phish still worth catching? Is their fans’ excitement justified?

Judging from the band’s recent performances in Boston, MA and Wantagh, NY, they’ve tapped into enough of their old mojo to give solid, if not legendary performances. It seems like the band is right on the verge of performing to their capabilities, and who knows – with another week of warm up time, Bonnaroo may be the place where Phish officially gets their groove back.

-Make sure you follow The Wounded Messenger on Twitter for the best Phish setlist and performance updates during Bonnaroo, along with lots of other stuff from the festival!

Phishy links:

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The Messenger at Bonnaroo – Festival Schedule Available

Bonnaroo is just over a month away, and now that the schedule is available, it’s as good of a time as any to let you know that I will be attending the festival and providing updates numerous times per day.

Eventually, there will be a Wounded Messenger Twitter feed, which I will use to keep you updated on what music I’m seeing, post setlists, and bring you some of the festival atmosphere. On the blog, I’ll be doing daily wrap-ups, posting photos, and maybe even posting some audio or video interviews with artists!

When it’s all said and done, I’ll be bringing you an in-depth review of the whole experience, with photos and detailed remembrances of the event. You can see my two most recent Bonnaroo reviews here : 20082007.

So…now that you know where to come for Bonnaroo updates, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the schedule and who you’re going to see!

On Thursday, I’m excited to hear some bands that I will be hearing for the first time, like Hockey, The Zac Brown band, and Portugal. The Man. Friday holds the possibility, with a little fortuitous scheduling, that I might be able to catch a little of Public Enemy’s set during Phish’s setbreak…if a setbreak even happens. I’m also hoping to see Kaki King, Animal Collective and TV on the Radio on Friday.

Saturday, I can’t miss Wilco – I have been waiting a very long time to see them! I’m also looking forward to my first Nine Inch Nails show. Sunday afternoon is a jam-packed time that will have me running all over the place before the Phish fest closer. I hope to see Merle Haggard, Andrew Bird, Okkervil River, and Snoop Dogg, and they are all playing at basically the same time. That’s what makes Bonnaroo so great!

I’m looking forward to bringing you some of the most up-to-the-minute coverage possible this year! Bonnarooooo!

Depeche Mode, Tool, Killers Lead Lollapalooza Lineup

Grant Park

Chicago’s Grant Park will once again host Lollapalooza, which takes place August 7-9, 2009. This year’s headliners – Depeche Mode, Tool, and The Killers – are hardly the main attraction, as the event features dozens of worthwhile bands for less than 200 bucks.

One look at the schedule, posted below, reveals some heavyweight bands that weigh in just under headliner status. Kings of Leon, Beastie Boys, Lou Reed, and Jane’s Addiction stand out as non-headliners that will draw huge crowds. Beyond the biggest names, the lineup offers a slew of top talent, such as The Decemberists, Of Montreal, Animal Collective, Band of Horses, Andrew Bird, Ben Folds, TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes, Dan Auerbach, and Silversun Pickups. Those bands are enough to make any weekend fantastic, and the surface of the lineup is barely scratched – great acts like Manchester Orchestra, The Greencards, and Portugal. The Man lurk even further down the list.

Also of great interest will be the festival’s DJ sets, which will include a special Animal Collective DJ set along with performances from MSTRKRFT, Bassnectar, Simian Mobile Disco, and Kid Cudi.

Lollapalooza 2009 Lineup:

* Depeche Mode
* Tool
* The Killers
* Jane’s Addiction
* Beastie Boys
* Kings of Leon
* Lou Reed
* Ben Harper and Relentless7
* Thievery Corporation
* Snoop Dogg
* Rise Against
* Andrew Bird
* TV on the Radio
* Vampire Weekend
* The Decemberists
* Neko Case
* STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
* Animal Collective
* Band of Horses
* Of Montreal
* Arctic Monkeys
* Coheed and Cambria
* Ben Folds
* Fleet Foxes
* Silversun Pickups
* Kaiser Chiefs
* Crystal Castles
* Bon Iver
* Santigold
* Atmosphere
* Dan Auerbach
* Cold War Kids
* Deerhunter
* Lykke Li
* Robert Earl Keen
* Peter Bjorn and John
* Heartless Bastards
* Gomez
* Glasvegas
* Federico Aubele
* Dan Deacon
* Passion Pit
* Zap Mama
* The Raveonettes
* The Gaslight Anthem
* The Airborne Toxic Event
* White Lies
* Ra Ra Riot
* No Age
* Asher Roth
* Los Campesinos!
* Bat For Lashes
* Chairlift
* Gang Gang Dance
* The Virgins
* Amazing Baby
* Portugal. The Man
* The Knux
* Ida Maria
* Delta Spirit
* Friendly Fires
* Manchester Orchestra
* Constantines
* Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
* Hockey
* Miike Snow
* Alberta Cross
* Hey Champ
* Sam Roberts Band
* The Henry Clay People
* Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
* Cage the Elephant
* Living Things
* The Low Anthem
* Blind Pilot
* Langhorne Slim
* Other Lives
* The Builders and The Butchers
* Eric Church
* Joe Pug
* Kevin Devine
* The Greencards
* Carney
* Thenewno2

And spinning at PERRY’S
* Bassnectar
* MSTRKRFT
* Simian Mobile Disco
* Deadmau5
* Boys Noize
* KiD CuDi
* Crookers
* A-Trak
* Hercules and Love Affair (DJ Set)
* The Bloody Beetroots (DJ Set)
* LA Riots
* Kaskade
* The Glitch Mob
* Hollywood Holt
* Rye Rye
* He Say, She Say
* Car Stereo (Wars)
* Dark Wave Disco
* Moneypenny
* Yello Fever
* Animal Collective (DJ Set)

Pearl Jam, DMB, Beastie Boys Headline Outside Lands Festival


The lineup for San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival was announced today. The event will take place in historic Golden Gate Park on August 28-30.

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Incubus
Black Eyed Peas
M.I.A
Jason Mraz
Ween
The Mars Volta
Thievery Corporation
Modest Mouse
Band of Horses
TV on the Radio
Dead Weather
Atmosphere
Tom Jones
Silversun Pickups
The National
Q-Tip
Brett Dennen
Built To Spill
Mastodon
Raphael Saadiq
Calexico
Os Mutantes
Midnite
JJ Grey & Mofro
Kinky
Deerhunter
Lila Downs
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
The Dodos
Bettye LaVette
Dengue Fever
Heartless Bastards
The Dirtbombs
Lenka
Akron/Family
John Vanderslice
Matt and Kim
Portugal. The Man
The Morning Benders
The Duke Spirit
Zee Avi
Blind Pilot
SambaDa
Ryan Bingham
West Indian Girl
Extra Golden

Hit SFOutsideLands.com for all info pertaining to travel, tickets, activities, and such.

Coldplay, Tool, Beastie Boys Aboard for All Points West Fest

Jersey City’s All Points West Music Festival has navigated a world of music and come up with headliner heaven. New York City’s own Beastie Boys will close out the first night of the 3-day event, which happens July 31, August 1, and August 2. Liberty State Park again hosts the festival, and it provides a panoramic view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty, against which headliners and dozens more bands will present their shows. Tool will headline Saturday night and Coldplay will wrap the festivities up on Sunday.

The formidable headlining trio represents one of the biggest bangs in the brief history of he event. Feelings are mixed among fans when it comes to the important supporting cast, which is solid but not amazing. It most notably includes My Bloody Valentine among always-welcome bands like Ghostland Observatory The Black Keys, and MSTRKRFT, along with a good deal of hip-hop. The complete lineup can be seen below, and you can check out the festival website for more info. The organizers promise improved transportation options, more accommodating beer gardens, and a layaway plan for tickets.

Friday, July 31: Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, The National, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Q-Tip, The Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion, The Knux, Ra Ra Riot, Seasick Steve, Telepathe, Shearwater, Heartless Bastards, Flying Lotus, College Humor Live, Arj Barker, Eugene Mirman and Bo Burnham.

Saturday, August 1: Tool, My Bloody Valentine, Gogol Bordello, Arctic Monkeys, Neko Case, The Ting Tings, Yelle, Crystal Castles, St. Vincent, Tokyo Police Club, The Cool Kids, Kool Keith, Cage the Elephant, Chairlift, White Rabbits, Electric Touch, The Postelles, Black Gold, College Humor Live, Tim & Eric, Judah Friedlander and Jim Jeffries.

Sunday, August 2: Coldplay, Echo & The Bunnymen, MGMT, The Black Keys, Elbow, Silversun Pickups, Mogwai, We Are Scientists, Ghostland Observatory, The Gaslight Anthem, Etienne De Crecy, Lykke Li, Akron/Family, Steel Train, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, College Humor Live, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Showalter and Todd Barry.