Rumor season has come early folks! Usually around January fake lineups from all of the major summer festivals start to pop up. Yesterday Billboard reported that Led Zeppelin are slated to play their first U.S. show in 30 years at this years Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The report also listed Metallica as one of the headliners.
Led Zeppelin and Metallica fit Bonnaroo’s recent mold of headliners. Last year The Police brought their reunion tour through Manchester, Tennessee to play Bonnaroo. This year it’s Zep’s turn. Last year Tool brought the first heavy rock sound to Bonnaroo’s main stage. This year its Metallica’s turn. Bonnaroo has come a long way since its inception in 2002. The first year of the festival featured many of the current mainstays in the jamband circuit including Trey Anastasio, Widespread Panic, Ben Harper, String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams. The next couple of years the festival started to add different types of bands to its jamband core like The Flaming Lips, The White Stripes and Radiohead. Now in its seventh year, Bonnaroo has turned into a multi-genre festival that is known for its incredible lineups, this-only-happens-here collaborations and shows lasting until the wee hours of the morning.