Wanderlust abounds this time of year...
NOTE: New additions to rumor mill/speculation in Green, [Rumored] Confirmations will be in red.
The yearly celebration of Bonnaroo has been on the mind ever since the festival officially announced the dates for this June's 10th edition. The festival is expected announce it's lineup sometime next week (released in 2010 on 2/9). Not that the festival needs something like a big anniversary to pull out all the stops, but if the transformative 5th Anniversary was any indication (2006-- my personal favorite lineup, featuring Radiohead, Beck, My Morning Jacket, G.R.A.B., and Oysterhead), this year AC Entertainment and Superfly will be pulling out all the stops. If you need MORE BONNAROO in your life and/or a quick frame of reference of what the festival has been like in year's past, click this link for a timeline of the first 9 years of this incredible and unique event. Finally, here is my completely speculatory list of artists who I see as possibilities to appear on the farm in Manchester from June 9-12 (one can wish, wonder, and wander towards the Good Road):
NOTE: With regards to Radiohead returning for the first time since '06, I just don't see it happening but will pray to Gary Chardonnay nightly that I am proven wrong
Eminem (pretty confident he will be there this year)
Daft Punk (reportedly going back on tour this summer, on hiatus since 2007)
David Gilmour & Roger Waters (Appearing together at a mystery date on Roger Waters' The Wall Tour very soon, one can hope. One of these guys would more than suffice) and/or
U2 (making up their 360 Tour this summer, however, if Bonnaroo has a sturdy radius clause for headliners, I think this one is out of the question b/c of an early July show already scheduled at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville. Could be wrong there but seems unlikely that Bonnaroo would sign on a headliner playing in the area a few weeks later).
Dr. John (Featuring the Original METERS) -- Not likely if unconfirmed this late in the game, but the festival gets it's name from a Dr. John song featuring the Meters as the backing band and it's been mentioned.
Red Hot Chili Peppers (Reportedly getting back together in '11 minus retired guitarist John Frusciante) or Elton John or David Bowie or Neil Young
Robert Plant and His Band of Joy (CONFIRMED)
Foo Fighters (hope not, but could see it happening with new album, heavy touring in '11. Would be a slight upgrade from KoL '10, Jack Johnson '08; appearing at the Hangout Fest a few weeks earlier, also rumored to be headlining Lollapalooza in August, so they are definitely putting themselves out there this summer -- 2/11/2011.
Gorillaz (reportedly putting out yet another album next year; also, Gorillaz are not breaking up)
Buffalo Springfield (Link to speculation in Nashville Examiner)
Lauryn Hill (performing at Jazz Fest for the first time in years)
Jack White w/ Danger Mouse (ROME project, being released in May)
Rush (Touring North America this Spring and Summer)
Paul Simon (Headlining Hangout Fest May 20-22, fairly likely I would think)
Dr. Dre w/ Guests (since Kanye in '08 and Jay-Z last year, it could make sense with Detox coming out early-2011). Performing at the Grammys.
Big Boi (a suggestive RT if there ever was one)
The Arcade Fire (headlining Jazz Fest and Coachella, would round out quite an unprecedented trifecta)
Furthur (No member of The Dead has played at Bonnaroo since 2008)
My Morning Jacket (set to release a new record in the first half of 2011, have not appeared at Bonnaroo since 2008, late night What or Which Stage would be likely, would literally be in a catatonic state of shock if the lineup is announced and MMJ is not on there.)
Black Keys (could be a select back-to-back choice)
Widespread Panic (also have not appeared since 2008, a long time for the band holding the record for most headlining appearances. Also, 2011 is the band's 25th Anniversary and last run until an indefinite hiatus)
Manu Chao (please bring back)
Avett Brothers (even though they were there last year, new album for 2011 just announced so could make a repeat visit).
Wanda Jackson w/ Jack White
Robbie Robertson and Friends (New album out in 2011, first in 13 years)
The String Cheese Incident (have not done a proper tour since 2007 or appeared at Bonnaroo since that summer.)
Gregg Allman and his Blues Band
Zach Galifianakis (with Hangover 2 coming out weeks before, could be this year's big comedic headliner).
Iggy Pop & The Stooges
Florence & The Machine
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi
A Tribe Called Quest
Delta Spirit (Confirmed/Sorta)
Les Claypool (in some form - Primus)
Janelle Monae (if Big Boi is there, definitely expect her to appear, would be the perfect late night act)
Yo La Tengo
North Mississippi All-Stars ([excellent] new album released last week -- 2/11/2011)
Justin Townes Earle - 2/11/2011 (Also appearing at Jazz Fest)
Tom Tom Club
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Two Door Cinema Club
Trampled By Turtles
Cold War Kids
Truth and Salvage Co.
James Blake (2/11/2011)
Easy Star All-Stars
Toro Y Moi (Thursday?)
Smith Westerns (Thursday?)
No good basis, but maybe one day??
Outkast (if it's on the Internet it could be troo)
Black Sabbath (Ozzy has been talking about getting the old band back together and recording a new album)
Talking Heads (everyone is healthy and alive, so why not bury the hatchet?)
Some formation of Bob Dylan & Levon Helm
Rage Against the Machine (the time has come)
Radiohead (doubt they would do it again)
Neil Young solo
My Chemical Romance
John Legend and the Roots
Mumford and Sons (Confirmed return?)
Cage the Elephant (Confirmed)
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Toots and the Maytals
Who Do YOU Want to See in 2011?
Les Claypool (2002)