This year’s ’Roo is Saturday heavy — today we get Franz, Hold Steady, Regina, Dr. Dog, and a band called Police your parents loved — but the tame opening day brought some stuff worth writing home about, including local boys Sam Champion, ever-touring Reagan babies Cold War Kids, French hero Manu Chao, and love ’em/hate ’em preacher’s sons Kings Of Leon. Also got to check in with Tom Morello’s folk alter-ego The Nightwatchman (set replete with copious third-person self-references), and yes our credo these days is “quit your day job,” but Tom … don’t.

The day’s best sets came from (relatively) old-timey Stereofaves Lily Allen, in trademark rainbow frock and trainers, and Hot Chip: the former still working her Alright setlist, covering the Specials, Blondie, slugging her drink of choice (Jäegermeister), and showing off some new and improved dance moves; while the Hot Chippers proved why they’re still a draw, one hundred and fifty one festivals after offering The Warning, tweaking and turning out now-standards “Boy From School” and “Over And Over,” along side tour-staples/newly-recorded dance jams like the slamming “Shake A Fist.”

From there it was off for laughs at (Another) Comedy Tent, where our friends Aziz Ansari, David Cross, and Nick Kroll (as Human Giant craft services coordinator Fabrice Fabrice) drew a packed crowd, laughing at bits aimed at all that goes down south of the Mason-Dixon (including Blue Collar Comedy send-up “You Might Be A Dead-Neck If…” and lots of “Get ’er done”s). Also, a fun bit from David about the absurd East Village’s Tompkins Square Dog Run, and why he named his pup Ollie Red Sox (for the repeated pleasure of saying “Let’s Go, Red Sox” in NYC). And a Toby Keith send up including singing about towns read off a Murfreesboro map.

The main stage was occupied by Tool for two-and-a-half hours (sorry no photos, Maynard likes his privacy). Been a while since we’ve been through Ænima or Lateralus, but the latter’s title track (with Tom Morello), “Stinkfist,” and “Forty-Six & Two” were sufficient to fill this month’s prog-metal quota. They’re hella tight for a band that rarely plays these days, and still love that freaky stutter-shot imagery (trippy stage pojections).

Our night closed with the set labeled simply “Superjam,” but the word was out that it’d be the innocent criminal Ben Harper, joined by Zep legend John Paul Jones and Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson, barreling through a set of Led standards (some instrumental, some Harper voiced, appropriately featuring “Dazed And Confused”) and other covers, including Buddy Miles’ “Them Changes.”

Too many pics for your own good after the jump. And to join the fun while you should be outside enjoying nature, tune in to AT&T blueroom, where they’ll have streaming sets from Regina Spektor, Black Keys, Hold Steady, and your faves String Cheese Incident.

You want photos? We got photos…















Comments (29)
  1. Ben  |   Posted on Jun 16th, 2007 0


  2. annie  |   Posted on Jun 16th, 2007 0

    i want to be in you, bonnaroo.

  3. juano  |   Posted on Jun 16th, 2007 0

    attention: The Libertines reunite for “A Day In The Life” cover for the BBC Sgt Pepper thingy.

    unfortunately theres some chatter in the middle and at the end.

  4. Larry Flynt  |   Posted on Jun 16th, 2007 0

    “You want photos? We got photos…”

    But I want photos of chicks in the campground who are in one stage of undress or another.

  5. You know you’re obsessed when “Franz” means Nicolay (of the hold steady) and not Ferdinand.

  6. Me  |   Posted on Jun 16th, 2007 0

    You forgot John Paul Jones also played with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

  7. Stephen  |   Posted on Jun 16th, 2007 0


  8. The kings of Leon must have really sweaty balls and who knew Hot chip were down with the movement.

  9. I can’t wait to hear that Superjam. Must have been pretty sick.

  10. Blu  |   Posted on Jun 16th, 2007 0

    Judging by those pics, Lily seems to be gradually morphing into Meg White.

  11. It’s MurFReesboro.

  12. Evan  |   Posted on Jun 17th, 2007 0

    What was the theme of the press conference? Lily Allen, David Cross and ?love together? How cool is that?

  13. name  |   Posted on Jun 17th, 2007 0

    Manu Chao is from France, not South America.

  14. liv  |   Posted on Jun 17th, 2007 0

    Dear Kings of Leon,

    Your leggings make me cry.

    Lily seems to be doing alright. Still. Oooo thats right i did it.

  15. Fixed on Manu, thanks name.

    > What was the theme of the press conference?

    There was a moderator, and he was asking about what it was like to play festivals from the perspective of a “pop” singer (Lily), a “jam” artist (Warren), a comedian (guess), etc. Lots of questions about the hippie vs. indie thing, which has been a running gag at every set (the bands we’ve been seeing don’t seem to like hippies too much). And of course, the mod got David going on his distaste for hippie nation, and he happily obliged, reliving lots of his String Cheese Incident bit on the spot, sort of pissing off Warren Haynes and Richard Thompson (“It’s no secret that I vehemently dislike hippies. No, I just mean they are a filthy, disgusting, hypocritical bunch.”)

    Best was when ?uest showed up (a little late), and he was asked “What do YOU think of hippies?”

    “What do I think of hippies?” he shot back. “Hippies pay my bills. I LOVE hippies.”

    Behind the scenes stuff: Cross is a big CWK fan (which you may remember from their Pianos shows last year), and he and Ahmir seem to have a lot of love for each other.

  16. Stephen  |   Posted on Jun 17th, 2007 0

    As much as I love D. Cross, I’m surprised the guy hasn’t had his ass kicked yet by some wayward hippies and/or southerners. I won’t be surprised when there’s a report of Cross’s car being found empty on the side of the road between Manchester and the Nashville airport and the only evidence is a torn piece of tie-dye or camoflauge. Of course, I’m sure that would just give him more to rant about and add fuel to the fire…assuming he lives.

  17. alvysinger  |   Posted on Jun 17th, 2007 0

    i quite like kings of leon, but boy are they pretty bland live. i mean jesus, show us some energy, act like you want to acutally be there.

    on the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the black keys. gotdamn. got. damn.

  18. tiny  |   Posted on Jun 17th, 2007 0

    last time i checked tool has been on tour for the last 2 years or so…they make a record, tour, etc, just like everyone eles.

  19. jambo  |   Posted on Jun 17th, 2007 0

    who’s eles?

  20. dannygutters  |   Posted on Jun 17th, 2007 0

    Did anyone else think that nightwatchman thing really blew? My whole opinion of tom morello is shakey now, is he all just pedals and glam? Cause he sure as hell is a boring folkie.

    Also, bad luck to follow david rawlings with that.

  21. sara  |   Posted on Jun 18th, 2007 0

    Some criminally overlooked details:

    *Tool invited Tom Morello onstage during “Lateralus” (the song), where he proceeded to shred the fuck out of some guitar, playing a solo with his TEETH.
    *Did y’all not go over to This Tent after Tool? Because Aesop Rock blew everyone’s minds. He put together a perfect setlist (started with “Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives” and ended with an absolutely killer “Daylight” that had everyone singing along – “All I ever wanted was to pick apart the day/Put the pieces back together my way”)
    *DJ Shadow. Holy fuck. He was everything you want to hear (and see, omg, the visuals he was showing behind him) at Bonnaroo at 3:30 in the morning, and he played tons of shit from Entroducing…, ending with “Midnight in a Perfect World.” He kept saying “Thanks for making my last show so memorable,” which confused the shit out of me. He’s playing a bunch of festivals over the summer in Europe and one next week in California…but who cares when you’re so completely entranced by the music and the speed-flashing eyes?!

  22. nick  |   Posted on Jun 18th, 2007 0

    lily allen is clearly not wearing anything resembling a “rainbow frock”.. you have pictures for christ’s sake!

  23. sean  |   Posted on Jun 18th, 2007 0

    agree 100% w/ Sara…DJ Shadow was f-ing insane…by far my favorite show of the weekend….and I wasnt sure if he just meant last show in America for a while or what….and having Lateef up there kicked ass

    plus, earlier that day, Michael Franti and Spearhead tore it up….

  24. Pat  |   Posted on Jun 18th, 2007 0

    I guess stereogum missed The Roots show but let it be known that it was also the shit.

  25. fuck david cross AND hippies  |   Posted on Jun 19th, 2007 0

    Ah, David Cross, the man who neatly summarizes how deeply unappealing liberalism will always be for many of us in the South.
    Will someone please beat the living shit out of him the next time he does this act anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line?

  26. Pat  |   Posted on Jun 20th, 2007 0

    Please do not let the commenter above speak for all of the South.

  27. lame  |   Posted on Jun 20th, 2007 +1

    So do you think the Kings of Leon have one giant mirror that they all jerk off in front of, or do you think each band member has his own?

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