I was a tad late to the show because I had to catch a rare performance by She & Him. As the band finished up “Secret Meeting” they went into a very intense version of “Squalor Victoria” where it appeared Matt (singer) got fed up with a dysfunctional mic and went absolutely crazy during the song’s outro, ditching the lyrics in favor of violently screaming the song’s title while venturing into the welcoming arms of the Bonnaroo crowd. A chilling moment indeed.
Alot of great bands played Bonnaroo this year. Among them all, I was really excited to catch The National again. I’ve absolutely worn out their previous two albums Alligator and Boxer so I was obviously fired up for this year’s new joint High Violet which did not disappoint. In anti-climatic fashion I’m going to run down my favorite performance first. More to come this week!
Other highlights of the set were “Terrible Love”, “Anyone’s Ghost” and my personal favorite “All the Wine”.
Matt ventured back into the crowd for a hell raising take on “Abel” and almost ran me over in the process. If I hadn’t been too busy trying to get a good picture I probably could have sang along with him…
Towards the end of the set The National played their seminal anthem “Mr. November”. As Matt screamed out the fitting lyrics “I used to be carried in the arms of cheerleaders” the crowd welcomed him back for the third time as he crowd surfed over the fans and never missed a beat on the mic. That is some 2002 Julian Casablancas shit.
The National left the stage and returned for an encore of “About Today” to close things down. They will be on tour the rest of the year in North America and Europe so do yourself a favor and go!
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