Bonnaroo is the roots of music; it’s like the second coming of Woodstock every year. [While performing there] I thought, oh man, I was on this damn TV show and these people [in the audience] are going to kill me when I walk out … These are a bunch of hippies, just like me, but they don’t know that I’m a hippie. But I was up there playing … we were all just hanging out, playing music, jamming. To be accepted there, man, was truly something. That was more of a crowning moment for me than anything else. –Bo Bice, Billboard (July 6, 2005)
On June 10th, Bo served as Grand Marshall during Bonnaroo’s annual Centeroo parade and appeared with Galactic for two songs, Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” with Teedy Boutte and Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band (a version which was widely praised as one of the show’s highlights), and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Saturday Night Special.”The next day, Trey Anastasio (formerly of Phish) welcomed Bo onstage for a rocking version of Van Halen’s “Panama.” This track has never been officially released, but those of you who download bittorrents might be lucky enough to find a copy at etree.org. Members of the Bona Fide Bice forum may also be able to request fellow Bo fans to share with you.
Luckily for Bo fans, the Galactic set is available at the official Bonnaroo website for download. If you don’t already have your a copy, run, don’t walk! Who wouldn’t pay $11.99 for 13 minutes of Bo at his growling, soulful, Southern rock best?
Trey Anastasio himself was interviewed about Bonnaroo and talked about appearing with Bo, but the cameo appearance was the subject of controversy among some of Trey’s fans. It also came as a big surprise to many attendees, including MTV and Billboard, who noted that Bo “seemed to win over most of the crowd.”
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Bo at Bonnaroo