Posted in music | pictures on June 15, 2012

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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Oddly enough, 73-year-old Kenny Rogers--a last-minute Bonnaroo addition several decades past from his peak hit-making days--was among the day's breakout acts. Playing for one of his youngest audiences in recent member, Rogers offered a set of hits that included "The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream" and other songs most of the crowd had never seen live. Near the end of his show, Rogers also brought out the weekend's biggest surprise guest, cross-generational pop icon Lionel Richie, to sing on his own "Lady" and "All Night Long" (Richie considers Rogers his mentor and joined the veteran country star at SXSW this past March.) Every year The Mayor of Manchester also awards one Bonnaroo artist the keys to the city, and The Gambler received ths year's honor during an unexpected mid-set ceremony...

Bon Iver, who spent his early years in jam and roots-rock bands but functioned as Sunday's What Stage indie rock headliner, made a point to stretch out his songs a bit more than usual. At one point he called the audience "sunburnt," and he asked them to join him in a call-and-response jam. As more than a few artists pointed out throughout the weekend, hippiedom is still fully engrained in Bonnaroo's DNA. -[Jambands]

Pictures from the final day at Bonnaroo 2012 including Phish, The Shins, Black Lips (who play the 4Knots afterparty), We Are Augustines, The Antlers (who recently played Brooklyn), Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver, Kurt Vile & The Violators (who plays tonight and tomorrow) but not The Beach Boys (which we already posted) are below, alongside video of that surprise Lionel Richie appearance.

If you missed it, make sure and catch up on our coverage of Bonnaroo with pictures of day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE, day 3 HERE and our Beach Boys coverage on day 4 HERE.

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Lionel Richie joins Kenny Rogers on stage

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Comments (12)

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 3:21 PM

YTIN.ASNILĀ© was there in the heart and mind of the people.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 3:22 PM

meh hummus

Posted by Venkman | June 15, 2012 3:39 PM

Lionel Richie as a surprise guest, that's awesome, "All Night Long" is such a great song

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 3:55 PM

Too many pictures of Phish. I'm sure there was someone else you could've been covering.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 3:59 PM

Isn't one of the members of Phish a child molester?

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 4:18 PM

bassist is, I believe

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 6:12 PM

Wish the iPods had played! They are like seeing a festival because every song is a different style. ; )

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 6:49 PM

That Saxophone is ridiculous!! I mean come on!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 1:26 AM

LOl: 6;49

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2012 3:16 AM

who spent his early years in jam and roots-rock bands

Posted by Wholesale Snapback Hats | September 14, 2012 11:36 PM

I like the rainbow strap.

Posted by jordon | July 29, 2013 11:00 AM

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