1 bad back, 2 sun burnt shoulders, and 96 hours later, I have some thoughts about the weekend and a recollection of the past 12 years.
1. Bonnaroo is not the same festival it used to be. This year it was clearly evident that EDM has made it's way into the shadows of where some of the greatest Rock N' Roll moments in music history used to live.
2. I broke a pair of sunglasses because someone wanted to give me a hug. I bought a second pair and someone broke them because they wanted to give me a hug. Hugs > Sunglasses
3. For myself, this year has been named "This Tent: Music and Arts Festival." Hands down had the best shows all weekend.
4. Amos Lee makes you #RadiatePositivity.
5. The Lone Bellow brought it. They were by far the best show over the weekend. Tons of energy and great music.
6. Although they weren't there this year, people really like The Sword. Sporting a trucker with the bands logo, I was stopped at least 10 times just because someone wanted to tell me/talk about The Sword.
7. Rap / Hip Hop is never going to be as good as it once was. After years out of the game, Ice Cube was still 100x better than anything today.
8. Lastly, as much as I didn't like the lineup this year, there were some special moments this weekend. One of which sticks out in my mind.
During Elton John's "Tiny Dancer," a group of guys linked together to sing the lyrics. Arms around each other's shoulders.
It spread like Colorado wildfire.
What started as two guys, quickly turned into a sway of 20 more interlocked music appreciating fans singing loudly in unison. This was only noticeable by those around, and I feel lucky to have witnessed it.
This was really reflective to me. It first made me happy, then made me sad.
• It made me happy because this was one of those Rock N' Roll moments that I just talked about.
• It made me sad because I realized that there is not one single artist making music today that could create that moment now, let alone in 30 years.
Here's to 2014. Thanks for the memories. Looking forward to 2015.
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