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It's the fourth and final day of Bonnaroo today and I'm rockin' a headache.
Maybe it's just allergies. Maybe I'm dehydrated. Maybe my brain is still reeling from the fast and wild genre swings I rode Saturday.
Within the space of a two-minute walk between stages I went from the good-time energy of Art Vs. Science's electronic party anthems to being utterly terrified (in a good way) by Glenn Danzig's romp through a career's worth of horror punk.
I discovered Art Vs. Science by happy accident when I walked within earshot of the trio – outfitted in shining silver jumpsuits - as they led the crowd in a chorus of “Parlez-vous francais … Oui!” That might be one of the most infectious dance hooks I've ever heard.
I thought about moving on, but stopped glancing at my watch after seeing multi-instrumentalist Dan Mac keep his guitar whaling as he chugged an entire beer and drop-kicked the can into the crowd.
That's just showmanship.
Spitting distance away, Danzig cast a long shadow over Bonnaroo with his “legacy” show - the heaviest, loudest set of the festival yet. He unleashed two hours worth of material from his days with the Misfits, Samhain and his solo work alike, and often let the crowd cheer their choice for the next song.
Menacing as he is, he put on one of the funnest shows I've seen so far. He might of even grinned.
Many devil horns were thrown up up under the That Tent. I was truly impressed.
Much of the crowd stayed put even after the lights came up, eating it up as the band chucked set lists and guitar picks, and snapped photos of the throngs from the stage.
I might even be on Glenn Danzig's smart phone now.
He also hands-down wins for best between-song banter at Bonnaroo.
“This is a love song, except it's a love song about dying,” he said, introducing “To Walk the Night” to the crowd. “That's right – this ain't f**king Bon Jovi.”
I rounded out the night with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' headliner show. Somehow, they manage to deliver full-of-energy funk and California laid-back all at once.
If they didn't play so incredibly tight, you might forget that those guys have been around for nearly 30 years – two months ago they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall fo Fame.
Today, though, overcast skies and passing showers have mellowed the vibe.
Looks like a bad day for flip-flops. But it also looks to cool things down for the silky-smooth stylings – and a much buzzed about appearance – by Kenny Rogers this afternoon.
Should be just the thing for a headache.
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