Ten Years of Bonnaroo: An Oral History – From The Dead to Dr. Dog, Metallica to My Morning Jacket, Ornette Coleman to The Flaming Lips

“After all the scintillating, big ticket performances (Panic in ’02, Radiohead in ’06, MMJ in ’08, and Jay-Z last year immediately come to mind), strolls through the mud, epic late nights (STS9 in ’05, Nine Inch Nails in ’09) and subsequent sunrises, and once-in-a-lifetime SuperJams (G.R.A.B. with Phil Lesh in ’06, John Paul Jones, ?uestlove & Ben Harper in ‘07), it’s hard to believe this thing has been around for 10 years now. The story of the festival’s formation is already the stuff of rock & roll legend. Selling out the initial allotment of tickets on word-of-mouth advertising alone to a music festival set in Middle Tennessee for a 3-day event in the heat of summer seems impossible now (without the benefit of hindsight). As many of you know by now, that’s exactly what happened when Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment decided to put on the very first Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN back in 2002…”
– June 6, 2011, jambase.com
 
A documentary trailer from Bonnaroo’s first year:
 
270 Miles From Graceland
 
Lasers at Bonnaroo 2007
 
Watch Wayne Coyne, Bob Weir and others at a Bonnaroo panel discussion in 2007 here.  Then watch The Flaming Lips discuss their impressions of the festival below…
 
How do artists – be it Ornette Coleman or Bob Weir – plan sets for Bonnaroo?
 
 
Weir and Coleman on improvisation and sound matters…
 
Some more thoughts on Bonnaroo – good friends, good vibes and how the festival has diversified over the past decade:
 
Who loves seeing My Morning Jacket at Bonnaroo? Everybody… even Phil Lesh…
 

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