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- Posted on Jun 15th 2007 6:45PM by Benjy Eisen
Although their sets were at conflicting times, Tom Morello and Michael Franti synced up backstage for some buddy time before going their separate ways. Both artists are known for their political activism and share many of the same views, if not the same fans.
Morello, a.k.a. the Nightwatchman, played a solo version of 'This Land is Your Land,' with a chant at the end saying, "never give up and never give in." He proclaimed that Day Two's crowd was the best-ever for the Nightwatchman, and took the time to wax nostalgic about his first-ever Bonnaroo experience. Morello recalled asking a crew member on the way in what playing a hippie fest would be like, and how many people would be high. The crew member responded, "92.4 percent." "In Tennessee?" Morello asked. "Who knew?"
Meanwhile, Franti roped in much of his usual activism to play greatest hits like 'Sometimes,' and dance-ready anthems like 'Stay Human,' for a crowd of thousands. When Franti dedicated 'East to the West' to "anybody that had to travel to get here," virtually the entire audience -- some topless, others covered in body paint -- raised their hands in the 90-degree heat. He also covered bits of 'Sesame Street' and 'Rainbow Connection,' but the biggest crowd response came when he yelled, "I want to get high!" He was in good company. "Love is what I've got," Franti improvised, "and Bonnaroo smokes pot."