Bonnaroo 2012: Highlights, Photos and Videos from Day Four (Beach Boys, Bon Iver, Phish)

And so came the final day of 2012, a sad day in the lives of tens of thousands when reality forces them to return. But, the stages at Centeroo prevailed, giving us an abundance of music to ease us before our departure on this very cool, overcast day.

We headed to Which Stage to watch the always-awesome glory of , who did not disappoint. The frenzied crowd was quick to get into the band’s performance, as the weather was just too good to sit still, and the tunes were too good to do anything but dance. ’s stage presence was hugely animated and fun, proving to the crowd that entertaining thousands is what they were meant to do.

The day was full of great music action, including performances by with their super abstract derangement of the senses at That Tent, carrying their timeless tunes at What Stage, an incredible set from The Antlers, a seminar on this-is-how-you-f***ing-shred by , and performances by many, many others.

Beach Boys—Sloop John B / Wouldn't It be Nice—Live @ Music Festival 2012-06-10

With their second album held in a tremendous light of respect, brought their luscious act to What Stage in the early evening, brushing the huge field of ears with their gentle and substantial kindnesses.

Then we found ourselves back at Which Stage in anticipation of the joyful Americana indie rock icons, , whose performance a decade’s worth of fulfillment. Among a plethora of other flake-fashioned tunes, the band controlled the crowd with a passionate rendition of “Kissing the Lipless,” taking us back to their sophomore extravanganza, Chutes Too Narrow.

And then came one of the most paramount leaders of the noodling Wookie nation, the one and only, . Among many of the traditional delicacies, the two epic sets included a few amazing tricks, such as an appearance by the great singer/songwriter, Kenny Rogers, who came out to help perform “Gambler.”

and Kenny Rogers Do "The Gambler"

And to add to the list, the second set kicked off with a cover of TV on the Radio’s “Golden Age,” and a bit later stroked the heart-chords of the audience by performing a cover of the famous Tennessee standard, “Rocky Top.”

Ultimately, this year’s was a funky, loud, hot, cold, bright, dark, and hopeful mess of fun. As we packed up our bags and prepared to make the trip homeward, we took one last indulgent look at the festivities of Centeroo and the massive, rolling waves of Tent City, and made sure to ourselves that next year we’ll be back, for each day one spends at , he’ll crave like mad another ten.

Thanks to Billy Morgan for the photos!


  1. […] Last night while Phish was closing down the main stage at Bonnaroo, Radiohead was performing a show of their own in Chicago after rolling up there following their Friday night headlining slot at the same fest. I was bummed that there was no chance for a collaboration there, by the way. At any rate, instead of sticking to the same tired setlist night after night, the band busted out a brand new tune for their audience while most of us Phish nerds were glued to the awesome webcast provided for FREE via YouTube. They busted out two new songs, actually….and of course, video has surfaced and we can all enjoy that from the comfort of our own couches too. […]

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