It started 40 minutes late and had its share of botched chord changes and missed cues – but Jack Antonoff’s Superjam looks to be one of the highlights of Bonnaroo 2022.
Simply put, it was unpredictable, unpretentious, chaotic and fun as all come out – descriptors that defined the best moments of this festival.
Dubbed “Jack Antonoff’s 1984”, the set saw the Bleachers frontman and in-demand pop producer tackle the biggest hits of his birth year. He and his band were joined by a slew of special guests from indie rock, jam bands and pop – some of whom weren’t even on the festival lineup.
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Chief among these was Carly Rae Jepsen, whose introduction led to audible gasps and cheers on the court. The “Call Me Maybe” singer joined Antonoff to perform Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” and Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”
Other highlights included Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry (just 30 minutes before her band played the Which stage) knocking Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl” out of the park, Spoon’s Britt Daniel (who won’t also not part of Bill ’22) on Echo & the Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon” and Japanese Breakfast’s pitch-perfect casting on Nena’s “99 Luftballons.”
Antonoff took lead vocals on “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” – “Best Adam Sandler song,” he exclaimed in a nod to “The Wedding Singer.”
Jack, Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast and company closed things out with a song close to Tennessee’s heart: “Islands In The Stream.”