Conan O’Brien Announces Bonnaroo Lineup: Reasserts His “Roo”ness
Late night talk show host and longtime comedy writer Conan O’Brien took another step in his growing, pivotal role as a modern music promoter by obliging A.C. Entertainment in introducing the official lineup for the 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The video, which of course went viral thanks to thousands of anxious music fans, featured O’Brien making fun by sharing his various, quirky pronunciations of the word “Bonnaroo.”
It’s not the first time O’Brien has showed his support for music. Before moving his late-night career TBS last fall, O’Brien’s NBC show “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” solidified itself as one of the top promotional spotlights for growing musical acts, featuring a range of artists spanning a panorama of genres.
More recently, the 47-year-old funnyman was a performer at Bonnaroo 2010, lending a stand-up set that highlighted Bonnaroo’s latest excursions into comedy performers, which has turned into a sweet compliment to a weekend of the hottest musicians and bands.
But Conan didn’t stop there…
The red-headed stallion also popped up across the weekend as a hype-man, granting epic introductions to Stevie Wonder, Nas and Damian Marley and of course, an unforgettable rant before Tenacious D, in which O’Brien claimed to have rejected offers to host festival heavyweights Coachella and Lollapalooza.
Regardless, Tuesday’s introduction was just another chapter in O’Brien’s growing reputation as a Bonnaroo die-hard. The comedian is not scheduled to appear in Manchester this summer, although surprises and late-additions are never ruled out for Bonnaroo. After all, it is the festival’s tenth anniversary celebration.
Whether O’Brien is a no-show, or front-row for 2011’s party in the fields of Tennessee is still a mystery. One thing is for certain however; the gawky redhead has become one of music’s most celebrated lovers and sought after hype-men available.
Cheers to you Conan, for all your support.