Bonnaroo Day 3: Into The Night…

Modified: October 28, 2016

As if we haven’t heard enough amazing music so far, the Saturday night line-up was was still ahead. After sets from Bad Brains, Temper Trap, Punch Brothers, Blind Pilot, The Roots and many many more, the Saturday night line-up started with a headlining performance from Red Hot Chili Peppers. As the lights went down and the first notes were played, the crowd went wild.  The band opened with “Monarchy of Roses”, followed by “Can’t Stop”, “Dani California”, and “Scar Tissue”. Bassist, Flea, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer traded licks back and forth while Anthony Kiedis energetically bounced around the stage.

The bulk of their performance was made up mostly of songs from their most recent releases but RHCP also played some older favorites  like “Under The Bridge”, “Give it Away”, and their cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground”. The band then closed out their set with “By The Way”, the title track from their 2002 release.

Throughout the day there had been rumors flying around about who would be performing with Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson for this year’s Super Jam. Rumors of Super Jam performers included Andy Summers from The Police as well as Nashville resident, Jack White. The moment finally arrived as ?uestlove took his place behind the drums and began to introduce the players.

Among the super jam performers was long time Roots collaborator James Poyser, original guitarist for The Time, Jesse Johnson, and the multi-Grammy winning bassist Pino Palladino. The last performer introduced was R&B superstar D’angelo, making his first US appearance in 12 years. Their all covers set included songs like Jimi Hendrix’s “Have You Ever Been (to Electric Ladyland)”, Band of Gypsys’ “Power of Soul”, Funkadelic’s “Hit It and Quit It”, the Beatles “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” and Led Zeppelin’s “What is and What Should Never Be.”

The entire field at the Which stage was full of those ready to experience Skrillex, one of the premier DJs in the world, . He was set to go on at 1:30 this morning with tens of thousands of people, mostly covered in glow necklaces and bracelets and LED lights. Skrillex had his DJ setup built into a large star fighter on the stage draped in lights from above and a massive screen hung behind him. The entire field exploded in bursts of glowsticks as people’s anticipation turned into pure adrenaline the moment Skrillex dropped the first beat.

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