I had the chance Saturday night to attend, with my bandmates, The Police show at Bonnaroo Festival outside of Manchester, Tennessee. It was a great show in that Mount Rushmore kind of way. Check it off the list, I've seen The Police now. I've seen some negative reviews around the web about their set, and I think that shows that the expectations at Bonnaroo are so much higher than at a normal concert. You had The Police playing their hits. Good enough, right? Not for many. Bonnaroo has become known for extended jams and special moments. In a nutshell, it has become expected that bands will exceed expectations. So in a case like this where they merely meet them, it's seen as a negative. Oh well - I had fun. Part of what made it fun is that we ended up standing with the guys from Sanctus Real for most of the show. They're cool guys, and it's good to share a concert with someone who's listening for the same things (tone, timing, parts).
Later that evening (oh yes - Bonnaroo keeps it going late), we saw most of Gov't Mule's set. Oh my gosh. It was absolutely unbelievable. I've always known Warren Haynes could wail on a guitar, but man, that guy can sing too. And he brought Bob Weir from The Dead onstage for a great rendtion of "Sugaree". As good as The Police were, this is what Bonnaroo's all about.
Wilco played Sunday, and I had every intention of driving back up for their set, but, well, Father's Day and all. I guess I'll have to settle for the DVD. (And yes, I know they're playing in Atlanta this week, and no, I don't think I'll be able to make that either. Work stuff...)