It seems the headlining set at Bonnaroo had got lost in the shuffle on here. I haven't seen one person discuss this show or even mention that they're attending. This looks to be the most exciting show on the your because it'll be in a festival atmosphere and will probably be without their production due to the permanent stage at Bonnaroo...this could lead them to play a different set list.
Check my history. I mentioned it in January when the lineup dropped. And then proceed to feel incredibly, incredibly, disappointed.
I stopped posting because there is some just, immense, immovable, xenophobic, almost immigrant-backward-mentality when Bonnaroo is mentioned here.
It's like talking to a wall. I just don't get it. I would have thought the fanbase would accepted it with open arms. In fact, the exact opposite happened--it has really surprised me.
I really thought /r/bonnaroo was going to hate it and just complain all the way up to and during the festival. There were complaints for the first two weeks, about U2 and that admittedly poor under-card, but the mantra Radiate Positivity has shone through. The hate is almost non-existent and people are hyped for U2 now, and it's incredible. Whereas before I thought for sure here on @U2 people would be going nuts. I thought my brother and one of my best friends would finally come to Bonnaroo after me singing its praises all these years; I thought "U2 is on the lineup? Oh, this is a done deal". My brother has a tight work schedule so I get it, my other friend just doesn't seem interested now and it looks like he's falling through.
You know what... it's incredibly disappointing. It's incredibly sad. I think you just have to let go of the fact the majority--and I mean like 90%, maybe even 95%--of U2 fans are not made up of people that seek a unique and interesting experience. And that's so... backwards
. Here is a band that has the biggest fanbase in the world, with so much passion it drives them to make documentaries, hold conferences, etc. etc., and yet, the thought of doing Bonnaroo doesn't excite them. I don't get it.
I want what I have with U2 fans what I have when I saw Radiohead at Bonnaroo. But it's just not going to happen. And I just don't get it.
One of few reasons for not wanting to do Bonnaroo that I've been met with are some of the weakest arguments. 1, is the heat/camping. Listen, if 80 000 people can do it at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, Glastonbury, and many other camping festivals on this planet, you can too. It's not impossible
. And it's not like, it's a chore. When you go camping, you let go right? You don't care so much about your appearance, etc. right? Okay, so just... think of doing that
... now add... being in the craziest, most positive and welcoming carnival on Earth, headlined by... your favorite band
Simple. Straight forward. To the point. Yet I get a response as sensible as a line out of Idiocracy.
Like I said it's like talking to a wall. It's like, here's the facts, here's everything... this is everything you need to know. It's a guaranteed that it's going to be one of the most memorable weekends of your life. But nope...
I dunno... like I don't know. I just don't know. I don't get it.
U2 + Bonnaroo = one of the best weekends of your life, if not the best.
"Nah I'm good, I'm gonna go to Ikea and pick out a new couch".
Can't wait for your grandkids to hear that wild story.