The Boss Jams With Phish At Bonnaroo
June 15, 2009 at 5:08 AM (PT)
They were chanting "Bruuuuuce" at BONNAROO all weekend, as BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN performed a three-hour set with the E STREET BAND one night and joined PHISH on stage another.
SPRINGSTEEN and PHISH were the headliners at the eighth annual festival, held on a giant farm in the TENNESSEE hills. PHISH first played FRIDAY night, then SPRINGSTEEN played SATURDAY. The two worlds -- far apart in rock 'n' roll -- combined during PHISH's closing set SUNDAY night. PHISH frontman and guitarist TREY ANASTASIO introduced SPRINGSTEEN as "my boyhood hero and still hero."
With SPRINGSTEEN as lead vocalist and joining ANASTASIO on guitar, they played MACK RICE's "Mustang Sally" and SPRINGSTEEN's "Bobby Jean" and "Glory Days." ANASTASIO beamed throughout while THE BOSS immediately played bandleader, even calling for a "little more keyboard" for PAGE MCCONNELL.
Though BONNAROO was founded as a roots-rock, jam band festival, it years ago adopted a wider musical spectrum that draws from all genres, including hip-hop, heavy metal and pop. BONNAROO's origins were easy to recall with PHISH -- today's pre-eminent jam band, reunited after a five-year hiatus -- performing for the first time together at BONNAROO, a festival founded in the image of the VERMONT band's destination concerts.