It's a tough time of year to be a Bonnaroo fan. You're almost exactly halfway between your last visit to The Farm and your next one. The usual February lineup drop date is in sight, but maddeningly far away. This year, even the rumor mill seems to be churning slower than usual. So until the Bonnaroo Clues start back up on Jan. 7 or some credible rumors come along, we can make some educated guesses about who might be on the Bonnaroo lineup from past lineup trends. We've already explored classic rockers, modern rockers, and wildcard acts that could headline Bonnaroo, as well as country legends who might perform. Today, we'll look at recent inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who might play.
While 2013 bucked the trend, sticking to long time Hall of Famers Tom Petty and Paul McCartney, other recent years at Bonnaroo include one or more artists who have been inducted within the past two years. Recent examples include Alice Cooper, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Dr. John. But what Hall of Famers from the 2014 or 2013 class could play Bonnaroo 2014? Here are what we see as the most likely options.
Hall and Oates
2014 inductees Hall & Oates seem like a great bet for Bonnaroo 2014. Both men have played at Bonnaroo separately. Hall performed in 2010 with Chromeo and Oates co-led the massively popular Rock & Soul Dance Party Superjam with Jim James. Oates was even called "Bonnaroo 2013 MVP" by Bonnaroo's official Facebook account. Hall & Oates would be a recognizable name on the lineup and Oates would be welcome by most fans to take a second run at curating a Superjam.
2013 inductees Heart are classic rock radio fixtures and would bring a string of hits to a mid-afternoon What Stage set or a Late Night Tent set. Heart has tour dates running through early April and then a clear slate from there. With the popularity of Late Night sets by ZZ Top and Billy Idol last year, Heart could be a draw.
2013 inductee Randy Newman's quirky style of literate pop-rock classics would work well at Bonnaroo and he has been on many a fan's wish list. Newman's work ranges from political satire to comedy to sentimental movie themes and he's a well respected artist among other musicians. A Randy Newman set could lead to any number of guest spots.
2014 inductee Peter Gabriel has made headlines recently with talk of a possible Genesis reunion, but his current solo tour could be a great get for Bonnaroo 2014. He is currently on the road in Europe through late May with his "Ready, Steady, So" tour, with a front to back run-through of Gabriel's classic "So" album featuring many of the players on the original tour. While he toured this show in the United States during 2012, two years should be long enough for fans to clamor for more.
Want to join in with your own ideas for Bonnaroo headliners? There are several ways to do it. First, you can share your ideas here in the comments section. Second, Bonnaroo themselves has gotten in on the rumor game this year by inviting fans to post on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, or Tumblr pages with the hashtag #roo14wishlist to let everyone know who you'd like to see. Third, if you can't get enough talk about Bonnaroo, you can head over to the Inforoo fan message board where some of Bonnaroo's most hardcore fans debate the merits and possibilities for all of the Bonnaroo 2014 lineup.