Bonnaroo: Carly Rae Jepsen, Spoon’s Britt Daniel join Jack Antonoff’s 1984 Superjam

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It started 40 minutes late, and had its share of flubbed chord changes and missed cues — but Jack Antonoff’s Superjam seems a lock as to be one of Bonnaroo 2022’s high points.

Simply put, it was unpredictable, unpretentious, chaotic and fun as all get out — descriptors that have defined this fest’s best moments.

Dubbed “Jack Antonoff’s 1984,” the set saw the Bleachers frontman and in-demand pop producer tackling 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 those was Carly Rae Jepsen, whose introduction led to audible gasps and cheers from the field. 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 on the Which stage) knocking Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl” out of the park, Spoon’s Britt Daniel (also not part of the ‘22 bill) 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, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner and company closed things out with a song close to Tennessee’s heart: “Islands In The Stream.”

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