By Mary J. DiMeglio
MANCHESTER, Tennessee — To give you a sense of just how insane Skrillex’s Superjam was at Bonnaroo on Saturday night, let’s just start with a few of the highlights.
Janelle Monae tackled Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ ” and James Brown’s “I Feel Good”; A$AP Ferg deftly handled Biggie’s “Juicy”; Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz flawlessly belted out “Break On Through,” backed by the Doors’ own Robbie Krieger and Skrillex himself on guitar; and New Orleans rap hero Mystikal tore through three of his most well-known songs, “Bouncin’ Back,” “Danger” and “Shake Ya Ass.”
And after all that, the definitive highlight came in the form of a surprise guest: Ms. Lauryn Hill.
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She had the crowd bouncing and chanting along to “Lost Ones,” delivered at rapid-fire speed, before asking, “Do we have any Fugees fans in the house tonight?”
“Fu-Gee-La” and “Ready or Not” followed, along with Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Jammin.” Hill was certainly warmed up: She’d played a commanding solo set just a few hours earlier that included an acoustic rendition of “Mr. Intentional” and a hyped-up “Killing Me Softly,” complete with singalong. The superjam set was capped off with her Grammy-winning 1998 solo classic “Doo Wop (That Thing).”
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EDM superstar Skrillex kicked off his epic Superjam with crowd-pleasers like Toto’s “Africa” and Naughty By Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray.”
Special guests Warpaint got the crowd moving with Technotronic’s “Pump Up The Jam” and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.”
After his flawless take on the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” Ferg launched into “Work” and “Shabba,” ending with “Wild For the Night,” Skrillex’s hit collabo with fellow A$AP Mob member A$AP Rocky.
Big Gigantic brought the horns to Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s “Welcome to Jam Rock” and his take on his father’s “Get Up, Stand Up.”
Visibly stoked with the results of his efforts, Skrillex was feeling the Bonnaroo love. “Raise your hands if you came with your friends,” he encouraged. “And make some noise if you made new friends at Bonnaroo.”