BONNAROO 2013: ‘Honey put on that party dress’

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Tom Petty

Tom Petty sings to 80,000 fans from Bonnaroo's What Stage Sunday night to close the 12th Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. (Manchester Times photo)

Pual McCartney wowed. Jack Johnson surprised. And Tom Petty added some punch.

Despite the late cancellation of Saturday-night headliner Mumford and Sons, the three headliners mesmerized the sold-out Bonnaroo crowd over the weekend and everyone else brought plenty of musical magic to make the 12th Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival stand out among the most memorable the festival has had.

Petty and his Heartbreakers closed the four-day festival Sunday night with a two-hour set full of familiar hits and extended jam sessions to please the crowd. Petty dug deep into his repertoire, rolling out a mid-set “Tweeter and the Monkey Man” from the Traveling Wilbury’s and even took a crack at a Grateful Dead song – “Friend of the Devil.”

But Petty wrapped the set and the festival properly, hitting his mark on hit single “American Girl.”

“We’re gonna’ leave you where it all started,” Petty said before kicking up the familiar riff of the 1976 hit single. …

Continue reading more in this week’s print edition of the Manchester Times.

Headlines of the Day