Byrne closed out the Which stage with a two-hour performance ranging from recent material to a handful of Talking Heads classics, including a memorable trio from "Remain in Light": "Born Under Punches," "Crosseyed & Painless," and "Once in a Lifetime," the latter interpreted into movement by Byrne's energetic dancers.
Vermont-based roots-rock outfit Grace Potter and the Nocturnals brought its new six-piece incarnation to Bonnaroo; Potter's voice, especially on tracks like "Joey,' keeps getting better with age (not hard, as she's all of 25). Drive-By Trucker frontman Patterson Hood debuted his band the Screwtopians and performed a set from his sophomore solo disc, "Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)," due later this month.
But others stuck to the past: While Phish was staging its Bonnaroo comeback, Public Enemy was revisiting its storied past in the This Tent, performing its 1988 classic "It Takes a Nation of Milllions To Hold Us Back" to a tent of thousands. The late late shows saw mashup wizard Girl Talk in That Tent and Paul Oakenfold in This Tent, sending regular bursts of bass across the festival grounds.
Early in the day, organizers reported a crowd of about 75,000 expected at the festival, which they said was "just shy" of a sellout. Saturday brings Jimmy Buffett, performing with Ilo Ferreira, Wilco, the Decemberists, Elvis Costello, Nine Inch Nails and a headlining slot by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Here is Phish's Friday night setlist:
"Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan"
"The Divided Sky"
"Down With Disease"
"Kill Devil Falls>Free"
"Wading in the Velvet Sea"
"Highway To Hell>2001"
"You Enjoy Myself>Wilson"
E: "A Day In The Life"
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