We’re less than five months from the start of Bonnaroo 2012, which is set to take place in Manchester, Tenn. between June 7 and 10. Last year’s lineup was announced on February 14, the 2010 lineup was announced on February 9 of that year, while the lineup for the 2009 edition of the country’s biggest and most prestigious music festival was revealed on February 2, 2009. In about a month we should officially know who will perform at the 11th Bonnaroo. ‘Roo Lineup Rumor Season is in full swing and for those who haven’t been paying attention, or didn’t want to sort through 100s of pages of posts, we’ve combed through the posts by the Bonnaroo diehards that swap info on the Inforoo.com message board to compile what they’ve figured out.
The Inforooster (@TheInforooster), who runs Inforoo.com and has a strong past track record, feels this year’s headliners will be Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Fleet Foxes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Eagles, Phish, Radiohead and Prince. Fleet Foxes is a long shot considering the band responded with a blunt “no” to a fan who asked whether they would play any summer festivals in ’12. McCartney doesn’t have any dates currently planned but will be putting out an album next month that you’d think he’ll support. Gaga is said to have a major tour in the works and would fit the mainstream superstar slot filled by Eminem and Jay-Z the last two years. The Red Hot Chili Peppers kick off a European Tour on June 23, so a Bonnaroo headlining slot might be a nice warm-up. Meanwhile, both Radiohead and Phish seem to be in the discussion every year lately, though each act will be on the road this summer.
Another potential headliner would be The Black Keys, who Billboard reports are already confirmed for “headlining slots at major U.S. and European festivals this summer.” We’ll also point out that Van Halen has a gap in their tour between June 5 and June 12, just sayin’.
On the lower end of the bill, you’d have to think buzz band Alabama Shakes is right up Superfly’s alley. A purported email from the group’s management says the Shakes will indeed be at Bonnaroo 2012. Also, it’s likely The Black Lips will be on the bill after the group responded to an inquiry about their ‘Roo status recently with, “Yea.shh.not announced yet” through @TheBlackLips. Cage The Elephant and The Silent Comedy are two more acts the mavens at Inforoo.com feel are “confirmed.” Superfly faves Foster The People have the 8th and 9th of June off and we’d be surprised if they don’t appear at the festival on one of those two days. On the other end of the spectrum, about two dozen acts have denied they’ll perform in Manchester, according to Inforoo.com, with Levon Helm, M83, Animal Collective, moe., Jane’s Addiction and Drive-By Truckers among them. Wilco is playing a festival in Spain that weekend, so they’re another band that appears to be out. Tom Petty will be in Ireland precluding The Heartbreakers from making a Bonnaroo return.
Earlier this month Bonnaroo clue master Gary Chardonnay tweeted the first lineup clue. “Rooclue 1: Good or evil? Canton-bound. Ascension linked to versions of the Sabbath.” The Inforoo community feel they’ve solved the riddle as Scottish post-rock band Mogwai because their name means “devil” or “evil spirit” in Cantonese and their first hit was a cover of Sweet Leaf. Look for the next clue tomorrow.
As always, nothing is confirmed until Bonnaroo organizers reveal the official lineup. Who would you like to see rock the ‘Roo in June? Let us know by leaving a comment below…