Either people were staking out their Phish spots early on Sunday afternoon, or Snoop Dogg remains a pretty big deal: the Doggfather took Bonnaroo's biggest stage before Phish's fest-closing set and - what's a good way to put this - smoked it. (See for yourself with exclusive video here).
Traveling with a live band - the Snoopadelics, naturally - Snoop rolled through a set that was a little abbreviated (he was late in arriving) but consistently destructive and got probably 50,000 sun-cooked, sleep-deprived music fans to throw their hands in the air, especially on older tracks like "Gin and Juice," "Tha Shiznit" and "Pump Pump," which have aged spectacularly well. ("How many have been down with Snoop for over 10 years?" he asked midway through his set, becoming maybe the third rapper ever to acknowledge the aging process).
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.
9. SNOOP DOGG Sunday 6-7.30 pm What Stage
If there's a genre of hip-hop that Snoop hasn't tried out, it probably simply hasn't been invented yet; in recent years alone he's AutoTune-sung a sex-obsessed ballad, covered a Johnny Cash song and recorded a country record with Everlast. Snoop brings a band, a few old-school covers and what remains a surprisingly potent bite.