Ok, well maybe they’re not “buddies,” per se, but this morning Reuters announced that music industry titans Elton John and Kanye West will both be performing at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. They will be joining the likes of Lionel Richie, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, and Ice Cube along with many other artists and bands scheduled to play at the 4-day party-fest.
The “Piano Man” has taken top-billing for this year’s Bonnaroo festival, but the question on everybody’s mind has got to be not “if,” but “how” will Kanye attempt to steal the spotlight. Let’s face it, he isn’t exactly known for his laid-back attitude or humility. In 2008 Kanye performed at Bonnaroo, but began his set 8 hours late. The following year he infamously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards by grabbing a mic and practically worshiping Beyoncé on national TV. Let’s hope this year’s Bonnaroo performance is a step in the right direction for the controversial artist.
Sir Elton, on the other hand, is thought of by many as the epitome of class. In a career that has spanned 5 decades he has sold more than 300 million records and recorded over fifty top-40 hits, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His honors don’t stop there, however, as in 1998 Elton John became “Sir” Elton John, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his multiple charitable contributions, including the establishment of the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992.
Bonnaroo takes place June 12-15 in Manchester, TN, about 65 miles southeast of Nashville. Approximately 80,000 people (“Roonies”) are expected to attend.