Bonnaroo 2014 Day Four Recap: Music Times Checks Out Arctic Monkeys, Broken Bells, Elton John, And More
Music Times' writer and Bonnaroo extraordinaire is on the ground for this year's festival. Check out her daily reports from Manchester, TN.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2014: Day 4
12 p.m. -- Wake Up
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. -- Do fun activities around the campsite and clean up so that we can book it out of Manchester in the morning and beat traffic. I also took some time to call my dad. Happy Fathers Day!
4:45 p.m. -- Arctic Monkeys at The What Stage
These guys are on their way to headlining Bonnaroo. Alex Turner was dressed as a '50s greaser as he shook his hips for the woman going wild in the crowd. I'm pretty sure I heard the words "lady boner" three times in the crowd around me. He also dedicated "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High" to "all the weekend's unanswered booty calls." Things were getting sexy.
The band powered through tracks off their most recent album, AM, including "Do I Wanna Know?" "Snap Out of It," "Arabella," "No. 1. Party Anthem," "Knee Socks," "One For the Road," "I Wanna Be Yours," and "R U Mine."
They also played "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor," "She's Thunderstorms," "Crying Lightning," and "Library Pictures," among others.
6:15 p.m. -- Broken Bells at The Which Stage
The sun was starting to go down at The Which Stage as Broken Bells eased into the evening. Danger Mouse and James Mercer did a great job of bringing the synth-heavy tracks off their debut album to a live setting. The crowd sang along to hits such as "After the Disco" and "Holding On For Life."
8:15 p.m. -- Wiz Khalifa at The Which Stage
To be honest, I wasn't that excited going into this set. I've never been that big of a fan. But I was really surprised at how energetic and spirited the Pittsburgh rapper was. Khalifa sported a Pharrell-type hat and the occasional blunt as he played hits such as "On My Level," "Black and Yellow," "James Bong," "Work Hard Play Hard," "Mary 3x," "Taylor Made," "Young, Wild and Free," and the Miley Cyrus-assisted "23," among others.
He closed his encore with "We Dem Boyz" and walked over to his wife Amber Rose for a Father's Day kiss.
9:30 p.m. -- Elton John at The What Stage
This was the most packed headlining set of the weekend, though many festival-goers were exhausted and lying down. It was John's first American festival. "I know it's the best one," he told the cheering Bonnarovians.
He opened with "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" and quickly went into his hits "Bennie and the Jets," "Candle in the Wind," "Tiny Dancer," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," and "Rocket Man." Eventually, Ben Folds came onstage for a duet on "Grey Seal."
He also took the time to honor Casey Kasem, who passed away at the age of 82, saying "Travel safely, my good man" and performing a heartfelt "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me."
He finished strong with "I'm Still Standing," "The Bitch Is Back," "Your Sister Can't Twist," and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," and came back out for an encore with "Your Song" and "Crocodile Rock."
Fans stayed around after the set to watch the fireworks and revel in the memories of a magical weekend.