They certainly won't be a headliner. I know many of us love them and that they play well to the Bonnaroo crowd but they still aren't quite there. The only way they headline is if AC blow their wad on the headliners for the other 2 nights, like...
I was talking to a few folks last night about this; it seems to me like Roo has been booking increasingly larger headliners the past few years: Radiohead/RHCP/Phish, Macca/Mumford/Petty, Kanye/JW/Elton...MMJ is not on the same tier popularity-wise as any of these guys. Yes, WSP have headlined before, but Roo was much jammier then. I agree that if MMJ is gonna headline anywhere, it's gonna be at Roo, but I feel like that would be a step backward, considering the past few years' headliners. I wouldn't mind an MMJ HL set just because I'd like to see them and it'd be one less LN conflict, but I don't see it happening, unless they go the route theshining said and book a ridiculously huge #1 and #2.
Flip shit? Nah we should thrown him a parade. Having a ________ can't headline thread is pretty much required for at least one of our headliners (Kanye, Mumford, AF, King of Leon, Black Keys, etc.). This thread is just another step in the process
Edit: I missed the WSP talk. WSP is bigger than AF. Duh
I think MMJ could headline the next time they play Bonnaroo. Why does Coachella always have to be the one to break headliners? It's the perfect combo, Roo and MMJ, and I think Jack White was the smallest headliner Roo has had in years. Love the guy, but I was surprised to see him headline when I saw the lineup. I was there when he headlined Hangout, which may have been his first headlining show and thought that was appropriate, but I didn't see him headlining Roo. I guess he has gotten bigger with his third man stuff and a few loud quarrels that gave him a bunch of pub.
Post by roto-ROOter on Jul 1, 2014 11:27:30 GMT -5
Is it unrealistic to say MMJ have rose to about as far a level they'll ever reach? I mean we accept where bands like Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and QOTSA are billed, yet we always have this impulse to unjustifiably bump this 15 year old act up to headliner status. Do we really think their next album (which we all know will be great) will be enough to catapult them to the next level?
Is it unrealistic to say MMJ have risen to about as far a level they'll ever reach? I mean we accept where bands like Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and QOTSA are billed, yet we always have this impulse to unjustifiably bump this 15 year old act up to headliner status. Do we really think their next album (which we all know will be great) will be enough to catapult them to the next level?
I'd say that's fair, I don't think they'll ever headline. But don't underestimate the power of a fanbase that will follow you around the country to see different setlists. The more albums they put out and the more tours they run, the bigger that "let me check the setlist from last night" fanbase becomes. I'm not sure about QOTSA to be honest, but Vampire Weekend and Phoenix are never going to be the type of band that gets that "road warrior" cred.