Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2015 – Day 4 The Final Day

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Article & Photos By L. Paul Mann www.lpaulmann.com
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The final day is always the shortest at Bonnaroo, with almost all the music coming to a close before the final 9PM Main Stage act comes out. Traditionally, many younger EDM fans pack up and leave this last day, but this year it seemed that many more than usual stuck around, with such a strong final day line up to choose from.

Temperatures in the low 90’s made it the hottest day of the festival and again many early on were seeking the sanctuary of shady areas. But by the time Awolnation hit the Which stage in the afternoon, legions of music lovers began crowding around the stage. Animated lead singer Aaron Bruno had the crowd fist pumping early on.

Austin rockers, Spoon followed on the massive main stage, also with a well received set. Brandi Carlile, a Washington State folk rocker took over the Which stage and played a fiery brand of southern rock influenced Americana music.

Bonnaroo Festival 2015 Day 4 Florence and the Machine

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Florence and The Machine played the main stage in late afternoon to an absolutely massive crowd. Lead singer Florence Welch pranced around the stage like one of the the whirling dervishes, belying the fact that she had broken her ankle at the first week of the Coachella festival back in April. She actually had to be carried on stage for her second weekend performance at Coachella and the UK band played a very unusual set in deference to her handicap. But Florence hit the stage at Bonnaroo with all guns firing and it may have been the best main stage set of the final day. The huge crowd then stood up en masse and moved all the way over to the Which stage, in a testament to the draw of the legendary Robert Plant.

Bonnaroo Festival 2015 Day 4 Robert Plant

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Together with his band the Sensational Space Shifters, he too played an energetic set, no doubt spurned on by the huge crowd. With their relentless touring schedule over the last few years, the band has become a real powerhouse of jam rock music, meshing perfectly with the vocals of the legendary front man of Led Zeppelin.

The coveted closing set was taken up this year by classic American rocker, Billy Joel and by the time the singer piano man took the stage, most of the massive crowd had made it back from the other side of the festival. The personable Joel played some of his massive catalog of classic hits and joked with the audience throughout the show. Early on he said, “This must be what Woodstock looked like. I was there at Woodstock, not to play but in the audience”.

Later he looked up in the sky feigned ducking and said “What the hell is that?”, as several candle lanterns drifted up into the balmy night sky. Then he pretended to shoot them down with an invisible gun.

Bonnaroo Festival 2015 Day 4 - Billy Joel

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Joel featured a talented band of veteran musicians including a phenomenal saxophone player. Later he came out from behind his revolving piano and played guitar on several tunes, including a cover of Highway To Hell, by AC/DC. He had one of his roadies come out and sing the lead for the song. Finally he admonished the crowd not to drink and drive. “Do what I do,” he said. “Take a Limousine”. Then as quickly as it started Bonnaroo 2015 was over.

Joel, while playing a respectable hour and forty-five minute, actually left forty-five minutes earlier than his allowed set time, leaving the crowd chanting for more to no avail. The final performers are always given an extended set time and most choose to use it to full advantage or even go beyond the times in marathon jam sessions. But this anticlimactic moment was probably one of the only sour notes in what was otherwise a very successful Bonnaroo 2015.

Article & Photos By L. Paul Mann www.lpaulmann.com
From August 2015 Vandala Magazine Read in our online flip magazine HERE
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