There are over 125 acts playing at Bonnaroo this year. Trying to
navigate the overload? Billboard picked ten sets to take you from
Friday through Sunday night and give you the most band for your buck
without passing out from trying to race from one stage to the next.
Just start with number one as we count you through the weekend, and
preview the tunes you might hear along the way.
7. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND
Saturday 9-12.30 What Stage
There are those who will argue that the E Street Band is at the peak of its legendary powers right this very minute, and that group includes Bruce Springsteen, who, following the close of the exuberant "Magic" tour/house party in 2008, speedily released "Working on a Dream" with the intent to return his sleek machine to the road as quickly as possible.
Springsteen, now pushing 60, remains enviably obsessed with cementing the reputation of what has been a pretty unbelievable decade-long renaissance: the E Street Band (sans keyboardist Danny Federici, who died last year) is doing almost three hours a night, bringing in guests ranging from Tom Morello to Brandon Flowers to Mike Ness, and working in young blood in the form of 18-year-old Jay Weinberg, who's been subbing (well) for his dad Max during the "Tonight Show" launch. And just for grins they're taking sign requests from the crowd, a sort of "Stump the Band" for those who thrive on terrible odds - because who can stump the best bar band this American land has ever known? -Jeff Vrabel