When I say that Superfly has completely dropped the ball this year. Since its creation, Bonnaroo has gained the reputation of being a groundbreaking, bar-setting festival. From Superjam 07 to Radiohead 06 to MMJ 08, everyone has their own favorite memory. It is one of the few festivals that can attract die hard fans from all different genres of music and allow them to spend the weekend together enjoying great music.
That is, until this year. Jay Z? DMB? KOL? Really? I have nothing against any of these bands, but Jesus H, the farm is becoming a fraternity glory hole. Superfly is going to have a hard time selling tickets for 250 dollars with this lineup, because the headliners are what you pay for. If you wanted to go see Neon Indian or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band that'd cost you about 10 bucks total. There's nothing spectacular about his lineup at all (sans Stevie Wonder). How many people are going to come to see Jay Z? Most Jay Z fans I know don't want to spend 250 bucks and shiz in a bucket for four days to see him....and he's one of the headliners?! And Dave Matthews... yeah he'll bring a lot of fans with him, but he also tours the country 9 months out of the year, so a Bonnaroo show is nothing special. And Kings of Leon? They've become a mainstay at this festival, which is fine, but anyone who enjoys their music has seen them at least once in the past on smaller stages.
The only way Superfly can resurrect this lineup is by bringing in some big time additions....from multiple genres. The great thing about Bonnaroo's of yesteryear was the fact that you would go down there and see a show of a band that you hadn't listened to, and become a fan for life. People go down there to hear great music, not see how tan they can get and how many Miller Lights they can drink. You can't turn on the radio now without hearing Ants Marching or Use Somebody or Big Pimpin. Maybe all of this is intentional and Superfly is going away from the hippie/hipster demographic and instead going for the "bro" demographic. Either way, I hope that Superfly has gotten the point that everyone is pissed....and for good reason
Look, I agree that the headliners are very "radio" this year, which is usually the complete opposite of Bonnaroo's tendencies. Yes, I'm a little letdown too, like everyone else. And yes, I have a bit of a bad taste in my mouth looking at DMB and KOL at the very front of the list, but there's still some quality in there, albeit few and far between for my tastes. HOWEVER, I'm not going to start completely bashing AC/Superfly yet. I think something must have happened behind the scenes that forced them to release this lineup (incomplete).
Let's just hope we get a bomb dropped on us in the next few weeks...a happy bomb that is
The OP has one of the most pompous posts I've ever read. He talks about MMJ08, as if it was everyone's highlight. I was there: the VAST majority of the rest of the people there WEREN'T. It was raining and cold, most people had gone back. Just because this board (myself included) is in a love affair with MMJ does NOT mean that is what 2008 was all about. I think tickets are probably going to sell like hotcakes, and I'm pretty confident it's going to be a great weekend. That being said, I hope the additions are good; Neil Young or MMJ would be fantastic, but I'd probably have my hands full just with what we have now.
You don't speak for me either. If you can't browse the line-up and see the numerous legends who hardly ever tour at all, then I have no idea what you listen to outside of jamband music. There are alot of people like me who could care less about the headliners and care about the EXPERIENCE and the undercard.
There is a reason why headliners play unopposed is because it lets the fest goers to not have to plan on seeing them and having conflicts with other bands. Headliners at festivals like Bonnaroo are just the icing on the cake. That is what ALOT of people are looking at is just the icing. The headliners and the jambands.
This year is so reminiscent of 2008 it isn't funny. There were hardly any jambands either that year, but I didn't see an uproar like I have this year. Its ridiculous. Festivals change to survive and they do well and don't fold like Rothbury, Langerado, and 10,000 Lakes. Bonnaroo has had the foresight to change and still stick to their roots by booking jambands, bluegrass, country, and classic legends.
Claypool is a mainstay at the roo, hall is playing with chromeo and i wouldn't call his work with chromeo "legendary". Not very familiar with cliff. And i've seen Prine three times in the last few years so i wouldn't say he "hardly ever tours". Fogerty solo, meh.
When I say that Superfly has completely dropped the ball this year. Since its creation, Bonnaroo has gained the reputation of being a groundbreaking, bar-setting festival. From Superjam 07 to Radiohead 06 to MMJ 08, everyone has their own favorite memory.
Next time you attempt to speak for me can you at least cite your sources chronologically, you just made me sound like an idiot.
You should be, now's your chance Cover versions of Jimmy Cliff songs
"The Harder They Come"
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones recorded "The Harder They Come" as a b-side to his single featuring "Run, Rudolph, Run", written by Chuck Berry, in 1978. "The Harder They Come" has been covered by Madness (1992), Joe Jackson, Cher (1975), Rancid, Willie Nelson, Joe Strummer, Jerry Garcia Band, Desmond Dekker, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Poison Idea, Kahimi Karie, moe. Widespread Panic, State Radio, Guster and the Brazilian band Titãs covered it on their unplugged album with the participation of Jimmy Cliff. Pat MacDonald also covered "The Harder They Come" on Bridging the Distance: a Portland, OR covers compilation released in 2007 (Arena Rock Recording Co.)
"Many Rivers to Cross"
The song "Many Rivers to Cross" was covered in 1982 by Joe Cocker on his album, Sheffield Steel with the Compass Point All Stars. This song was also recorded by The Animals in their 1982 reunion album Ark, and by Arthur Lee on his 1981 solo album Arthur Lee. "Many Rivers to Cross" was also covered in 1974 by Harry Nilsson, on his album panda Cats, which was produced by John Lennon. Nilsson's version of "Many Rivers to Cross" was itself covered by The Walkmen on their track-by-track cover of Nilsson's panda Cats, released in 2006. "Many Rivers to Cross" was also successfully covered by the British reggae act UB40, gaining a Top 20 spot in the UK Singles Chart in 1983. "Many Rivers to Cross" was remixed by Cafe del Mar DJs for the Cafe del Mar 9 compilation album. Oleta Adams is featured singing "Many Rivers to Cross" during the closing credits of the 1994 film, Jason's Lyric. Adams' cover is also featured on her 1996 album, The Very Best of Oleta Adams. Annie Lennox sang "Many Rivers to Cross" for American Idol's charity special Idol Gives Back in 2008. The performance was sold on iTunes, with proceeds going to the charity. In 2008 Lenny Kravitz covered "Many Rivers to Cross" on Clear Channel's Stripped Raw and Real. Linda Ronstadt covered "Many Rivers To Cross" on 1975's Prisoner in Disguise. Gov't Mule covers "Many Rivers To Cross" semi-regularly. Steve Kimock covers "Many Rivers To Cross" regularly.
New Order covered "Vietnam" on the 2003 War Child compilation album, Hope.
From 1981 on, Bruce Springsteen has performed "Trapped" in concert, and one such rendition appeared on the 1985 benefit album We Are the World.
La Toya Jackson covered "Reggae Nights", a Grammy Award nominated song that she co-wrote, for her album No Relations. Tony Holiday recorded a version titled "Urlaubsreif."
"You Can Get It If You Really Want"
Desmond Dekker's version of "You Can Get It If You Really Want" features the same arrangement but the vocal work is quite different.
"Sittin' In Limbo"
"Sittin' In Limbo" has been covered by Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Willie Nelson, Fiona Apple, Three Dog Night, The Neville Brothers, and Trey Anastasio.
"Going Back West"
Boney M. covered "Going Back West" in 1982, and it was included on their 1984 album Kalimba de Luna - 16 Happy Songs.
"Struggling Man" was covered by the Jerry Garcia Band frequently during live shows from 1990 to 1995.