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Dazed and confused

The only thing hotter than the Bonnaroo 2007 performances was the weather

Sting and The Police perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tenn., Saturday, June 16, 2007.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Sting and The Police perform at the Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tenn., Saturday, June 16, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The festival technically started when Ryan Shaw took the stage Thursday evening, but things didn't really heat up until The Roots took to the main stage Friday. From there, literally everything just kept getting hotter and hotter.\nAfter performing with The Roots, Questlove took the stage again that night with Ben Harper and John Paul Johns from Led Zepplin for the evening's Super Jam. The trio set the stage on fire for more than two hours, and the weather took notice, climbing into the 90s the next day. \nPeople kept cool by attacking the water stations, splashing around in the center fountain or just seeking every square inch of shade that was available. By the end of the weekend, the seats below the bleachers were in higher demand than those on top of them. \nSaturday brought a fat stack of music, including an afternoon set that featured Ben Harper, Franz Ferdinand, Ween and Spoon -- all at the same time. When the sun set and the heat subsided, The Police lit up the earth while The Flaming Lips aimed for the stars. \nBy Sunday, the thousands in attendance shared one common sensation: exhaustion. Bodies littered the festival grounds with more frequency than garbage. The Decembrists and Wilco had to play to half-dead crowds, but The White Stripes help rejuvinate the atmosphere as the sun set on the final day.\nIn the end, the combination of heat, lack of sleep and Zepplin jams left everyone dazed and confuzed.

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