Bonnaroo 2009 came to a fitting close Sunday night, with epic jam-band Phish enthralling fans well into the crisp Manchester, Tennessee, night – its second headlining performance of the four-day music and arts festival attended by an estimated 75 thousand people.
The band played two electric sets - highlights of the first included “Punch You In The Eye,” “Tweezer” and “Character Zero.” Saturday’s headliner, Bruce Springsteen, joined the band for a three-song jam to close out the first set. Guitarist Trey Anastasio introduced Bruce as his “boyhood hero” and the two traded licks throughout rousing performances of “Mustang Sally,” “Bobbie Jean,” and “Glory Days.”
After a break, the band returned to play a looser set – including a face-melting “46 Days,” and a spacey, psychedelic cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Rock N Roll,” and closed the set with “Suzy Greenburg” and “Tweezer Reprise.”
Phish’s show capped of another day of diverse performances.
Hip-Hop artist Snoop Dogg, backed by a full band, delighted the massive crowd, drawing the biggest applause during classic-Snoop tracks “Gin and Juice” and “What’s My Name.” Other set highlights included a House of Pain cover of “Jump Around,” and “Lodi Dodi,” with earlier What Stage artist Erykah Badu.
Badu, sporting a hooded Public Enemy sweatshirt and shades that covered most of her face, played a low-key set, after taking the stage 37 minutes late, but still managed to soothed the crowd with her infectious blend of chilled-out grooves, hip-hop and soul.
Other notable performances included Band of Horses, Merle Haggard, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Andrew Bird, and Citizen Cope.
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