Best Outdoor Prince Tribute: Haim
Two songs into Haim's Saturday evening set at the Which Stage, as they've done throughout their 2016 tour, the sisters paid tribute to Prince with a faithful take on "I Would Die 4 U," right down to the onstage hand gestures seen in Purple Rain. As bassist Este Haim explained, the band made their first ever festival appearance at Bonnaroo in 2013, and without going into further detail, the classic reminded the Haim sisters of that huge stepping stone in their career. "That was fucking lit, Bonnaroo. I'm happy we got the party started," she said.
While the nearly three-year wait for a new album has been tough on fans, the moratorium has resulted in Haim really crystallizing their live show and the Days Are Gone material. Opener "If I Could Change Your Mind" was bolstered with a ferocious solo by guitarist Danielle Haim, while "My Song 5" now packs a more jagged edge than its sterile album version. The band also used the Which Stage to road-test some in-the-works material, like new banger "Give Me Just a Little of Your Love."