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Posted by admin On April - 17 - 2008

Bonnaroo’s Web site hosters have been touting this “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!” all week. They used bold, caps lock and exclamation points. That wasn’t my doing.

The message boards went crazy. What legend will be added?

There were some long shots suggested, (Neil Young and The Who) some dreamers, (Phish and GNR) but one name rose above the rest. I mean, how could it not? Could the rumors possibly be true? Would Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones really join Robert Plant to get the led out one more time?!

Nope, just Widespread Panic. Sunday night. Again.

Yes, Widespread is talented and they certainly have a deep and loyal fan base (you wouldn’t believe the hate mail I got for this article), but they’ve just never done it for me. Their songs never resonated, I found their live show enjoyable, but not much more. I even put on my car stereo instead of hearing their closing set as I left ‘Roo last year. I’ll admit it. A good deal of my disrespect for them is due to seeing them while they were still getting used to playing with Jimmy Herring, but the fact is they are certainly not caps lock, bold, exclamation point worthy. That’s reserved for legends. They may be jam band legends, but that’s not the same.

Well, at least Les Claypool was added. The hands-down winner of the Eric Gordon award, given to the artist who most failed to live up to his potential (after Les’ weak showing at Langerado.)

The only winners here (besides “Spread heads”) is the extended Teibloom family, who will be relieved that I won’t even consider ditching my cousin’s graduation for Bonnaroo this year.

Is it just getting late or is my yawning justified? -Z.T.

2 Responses

  1. Jordan Said,

    Fuck Widespread. Had my fingers crossed for Prince, David Byrne or Santana. Chali 2na is the best addition in that group.

    Posted on April 19th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

  2. Teibs and Shore Said,

    i hear that man. I can’t imagine Prince at ‘Roo, but David Byrne’s show there a few years ago was one of my all-time favorites. Interesting choice on Sanatana. I would have loved that too. Any songs or albums I should check out from Cali 2na?

    Posted on April 19th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

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