Springsteen and Phish Share the Bonnaroo Stage

Santa Claus comes to town early this year.

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Photos by Robert Clement

On the last night of the Bonnaroo, Phish shared their headlining, late-night set with Bruce Springsteen, Saturday’s headliner. It was the first time the two have ever worked together. Phish frontman Trey Anastasio introduced Springsteen as his childhood hero. The Boss led Phish through a rollicking, 10-minute cover of the Wilson Pickett classic “Mustang Sally,” and then things really got weird. Phish backed Springsteen up on his own “Glory Days” and “Bobby Jean,” with Springsteen acting as conductor to the jam band greats.

Springsteen also checked out Neko Case and Band of Horses during his time at Bonnaroo; it was the second festival the Boss ever plaid, after the Netherlands’ Pinkpop earlier last month.

Springsteen took the opportunity to rock Bonnaroo for nearly three hours, and even played the odd request: the E Street Band’s version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” “Have you all been good?” he asked the massive crowd. “You haven’t been taking any brown acid?”

Springsteen’s Saturday Set:


No Surrender

Lucky Day

Outlaw Pete

Out in the Street

Working on a Dream


Johnny 99


Raise Your Hand

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Growin’ Up

Thunder Road

Waitin’ on a Sunny Day

Promised Land

The River

Kingdom of Days

Radio Nowhere

Lonesome Day

The Rising

Born to Run


Hard Times (Come Again No More)

10th Avenue Freeze-Out

Land of Hope and Dreams

This American Land


Glory Days

Dancin’ in the Dark

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