By Ian Skotte, staff writer / Josh Peterson, editor
Paul McCartney is coming to Manchester. And Tom Petty is coming back.
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival unveiled its 2013 lineup live on its YouTube channel Tuesday with parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic hosting the show that unveiled McCartney, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Mumford and Sons, R.Kelly, ZZ Top, comedian Daniel Tosh and many more.
Arguably one of the festival’s most legendary headliners, McCartney has been rumored to be at the festival for years now. And those rumors weren’t without substance, according to Ashley Capps with AC Entertainment, which has co-produced the event with Superfly Presents since its inception in 2002.
“Well, we’ve been talking to Sir Paul and his team for a number of years about Bonnaroo. But these things can take some time,” Capps explained in an email to the Manchester Times. “There are so many things to coordinate. Now, the planets have aligned and it’s happening.
“We couldn’t be more psyched.”
Bonnaroo is like no other place on the planet. For a few days in June, Manchester becomes one of the most populated cities in the state.
The lineup announced may be as eclectic and unique as the 80,000 who will likely attend. Some of the biggest names include Mumford and Sons, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, WuTang Clan, Bruno Mars, ZZ Top, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, R. Kelly, Gov’t Mule, The National, Bjork, Billy Idol and Wilco.
“We’re very proud of the lineup … thrilled with it actually,” Capps said. “It’s hard to compare to other years; each one has been unique. But this one’s certainly going to be a real treat!”
Daniel Tosh, host of Comedy Central’s popular Tosh.0, will also perform as one of 20-plus comedians slated to be in attendance.
Tosh has already been having fun with the Bonnaroo experience.
“If it weren’t for Bonnaroo, Tennessee would have been voted out of America years ago,” he joked in a video announcement Tuesday that was separate from the Yankovic-hosted announcement.
If comedy isn’t your thing or one of the many artists from nearly every genre of music doesn’t get your blood flowing, most can identify with rock icon Tom Petty. He has already put on one stellar show at Bonnaroo in 2006, which incorporated Queen of Rock and Roll Stevie Nicks. Capps called it one of the festival’s best moments ever.
“Tom Petty is a rock-and-roll icon,” said Capps. “Those great songs are integrated into the fabric of American culture. And, yes, he puts on a helluva show and his Bonnaroo performance in 2006 is without question one of our all-time highlights. So, after seven years, we thought it was time to invite him back.”
The hour-long announcement show included comedians bobbing for meat, and taking calls to announce one band at a time.
Around 80,000 fans from around the world make the journey to Manchester for Bonnaroo and have done so since its inception in 2002. It’s not unusual to see campers trek in from as far as away as Alaska in tiny VW vans – just like their Woodstock brethren did before them.
Drugs, nudity and weirdness – you’ll find it all at Bonnaroo.
But it’s about the music.
Bonnaroo’s marking its 12th year on the small Manchester farm located just off Interstate 24. No matter the weather, dry and hot or muddy and wet, fans care not.
Local acts will get a chance to hit the Bonnaroo stage adding to the festival’s original sound.
For more information go to Bonnaroo’s website at www.bonnaroo.com. This year’s festival will take place June 13-16. Tickets go on sale at noon Feb. 23.
Read more in next week’s (Feb. 27) print edition of the Manchester Times. Click to subscribe to the print and/ or online edition.