After [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Primus [/lastfm]left the stage there we’re no other shows scheduled at the same time except [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Arcade Fire[/lastfm] at the main stage. As people began filing their way into the field, one could really begin to sense just how massive the festival was. The commitment of the fans could be seen just by seeing the excitement in their eyes. Once the band’s intro movie began the throngs of exhausted people found a second wind, standing up and moving to the beat.
The cinematic theme was echoed in Arcade Fire’s theatrical vocals and big booming harmonies, which, along with the gigantic backing band, created a blockbuster atmosphere. The band brought up enough instruments to form a small orchestra, including such instruments as French horn, xylophone, glockenspiel and hurdy-gurdy.
You could feel the excitement in lead singer Win Butler’s voice when he greeted the crowd after opener “Ready to Start.” It was as if the Bonnaroo first-timer had just finished a marathon and the finish line was the stage. The crowd, feeling this force, shouted back the words to songs like “Keep the Car Running,” “No Cars Go,” and “City With No Children.” This transfer of energy continued all the way to the very last note. Arcade Fire encored with their indie-rock anthem “Wake Up” and “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).”
Butler also shared with his opinion on the diversity of this year’s schedule by saying, “Any show with My Morning Jacket and Lil Wayne is good with me.”
Speaking of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lil Wayne,[/lastfm] the Atlanta native was one of the night’s most anticipated performers. Attendees were unsure about how to perceive Weezy at Bonnaroo. That didn’t stop him from rolling through a fantastic set that included his newest track “John,” along with verses from Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” and Ace Hood’s “Hustle Hard.” The Young Money Millionaire also hit songs like “A Milli,” “Go DJ,” and “Mrs. Officer.”
It is amazing to think that are still two more days of performances here in the Volunteer State. Among the dozens of bands performing today (Saturday) include [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Alison Krauss & Union Station[/lastfm] feat. Jerry Douglas, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mumford & Sons[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Black Keys[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Buffalo Springfield[/lastfm].
Reviews by Phil Torres and Carl Harp of Cleveland’s Radio 92.3