Nearly every major music publication covered Bonnaroo 2008, but some did a better job than others. For our money, we’ll take Benjy Eisen’s concise posts about a wide variety of kickass bands over at Spinner. But Benjy took it to a new level this morning when he posted the inside story behind the Disco Biscuits’ pot bust on the way to the Manchester for their late-night set at the festie…
…the Biscuits had special encouragement to play their hearts out — it was a direct order from Tennessee’s Cumberland County police department, who stopped them en route, searched their tour bus, and wrote citations to certain members of the band and crew for carrying personal amounts of marijuana.
During the song ‘Nughuffer,’ bassist Marc Brownstein recounted the events with his typical humor and flair, claiming the officer hugged him and told the band to “play the best set of their life,” even after confiscating their pot and writing citations. Brownstein then asked the officer if he could have just a small amount of it back so he could twist one up for the final 90 minute stretch to the festival. When the cop obviously said no, Brownstein told him he was going to do a search of his tour bus twice as hard as the police because he was sure he could find something left, somewhere. We’re pretty sure he was right.
[Spinner – HT to Quinn]
I’m not a huge fan of the Biscuits’ music, but you just gotta love Brownie.