Bonnaroo 2012 Friday: Radiohead Tease Jack White Collabo & More
After Thursday's half-day kickoff, Friday was the first full day at Manchester, Tennessee's massive Bonnaroo musicfest, and what a full day it was, with more than 70 artists performing on 10 stages across the fest's 700-acre farm grounds. But of course, the main attraction was the ultimate festival band, Radiohead, whose epic set (at two hours and 20 minutes, their longest of 2012 so far) not only included 25 songs and two encores, but also an intriguing shout-out to Jack White and even a little bit of bloodletting.
Radiohead's setlist leaned heavily on newer material (including six songs each from The King Of Limbs and In Rainbows, and three newer songs from the past year, "Identikit," "The Daily Mail," and "Staircase"), with a few Thom Yorke-described "oldies" for the diehards (like OK Computer classics "Karma Police" and "Paranoid Android," the latter of which closed the show in true grand Radiohead style). But it was a performance of the band's 2011 Record Store Day song, "Supercollider," that was the most noteworthy, if only for its eyebrow-raising, rumor-stirring introduction. "This song is for Jack White. We saw him yesterday. A big thank you to him. We're not gonna tell you why...but you'll find out!" teased Thom. Considering that Jack's Third Man Records is located in Nashville, only about an hour away from the Bonnaroo grounds, it's easy to speculate that Radiohead recorded some sort of collaboration with the ex-White Stripes mastermind this week. (Jack has released one-off singles with everyone from Beck, to Stephen Colbert, to Conan O'Brien, to, um, Insane Clown Posse.) Just what was Thom talking about? Hopefully we will soon find out.
And hopefully Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will soon heal: During the band's first-encore performance of "Bodysnatchers," he cringingly cut his hand open. Ouch. But considering that he played on through four more songs, including the over-six-minute "Paranoid Android," it seems that this trooper is already on the mend.