Kid Cudi Performed at Bonnaroo Following Arrest
Kid Cudi refused to let his arrest on Friday, June 11 ruin his Bonnaroo festival plans in Tennessee - the rapper showed up hours after leaving police custody in New York to perform for fans. Event organizers feared the rap star would be a no-show for his 2 A.M. set in Manchester, but he made it just in time to serve up a high-energy set.
Cudi was arrested on Friday on charges of criminal mischief and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Taking to the stage at Bonnaroo, he told fans, "I really wanted to be here tonight."
His performance brought an end to a terrific first day at Bonnaroo, which featured stunning performances from The National, Kings of Leon as well as Nas and Damian Marley. Before Kid Cudi's set, Daryl Hall served up one of the night's biggest surprises when he joined Chromeo onstage for a medley of revamped Hall & Oates' hits.
Saturday, June 12 was Jay-Z's day - the rapper headlined the festival and wowed fans with a fast-paced 90-minute set of hits and favorites. Other highlights of the second day included Norah Jones, Weezer, Stevie Wonder and Jimmy Cliff.
Wonder got political during his funky set, urging music fans to "keep it real" and attack racism whenever they experienced it. Performing his Living for the City anti-racism anthem, he also told the 90,000 at Bonnaroo to support U.S. President Barack Obama as he faces opposition from white supremacists.
Wonder said, "We can never let no one ever get us back to a place like this again... You want to be a supremacist? Then be the supreme of getting people together." He also had some advice for anyone confronted with racist talk: "You say, 'Hey what's that smell? It smells like some bulls**t!' Are we in agreement?"
The 2010 festival hasn't all been fun in the sun - police have so far arrested more than 50 people at Bonnaroo, mostly on drunk and disorderly and drug-related charges. Lawmakers on site have issued more than 200 citations, which is up on last year's event. The hot weather has also been a big headline this year - temperatures have soared into the 100s and thunderstorms are expected on Sunday, June 13 when the Dave Matthews Band will close the four-day festival.
Meanwhile, Flaming Lips' star Steven Drozd celebrated his 41st birthday onstage at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee on Friday night, June 11 and Saturday morning June 12. The rocker's band played two sets - one of fans' favourites and a second which featured the entirety of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of The Moon. Lips' frontman Kevin Coyne led the crowd in a rendition of Happy Birthday to honor his band mate, who turned 41 on Friday.
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