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2008 Bonnaroo Lineup Boasts Pearl Jam, Metallica, Plant & Krauss, Kanye West

February 6, 2008 12:01 AM ET

Rock Daily finally has the scoop on the official 2008 Bonnaroo lineup: Pearl Jam, Metallica, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Kanye West and Jack Johnson lead the gigantic lineup for the seventh annual music fest. They'll be joined by the Raconteurs, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie, Phil Lesh & Friends and many more. The event, held from June 12-15th in Manchester, Tennessee, will feature more than 100 bands spread across thirteen stages as well as a comedy tent headlined by David Cross and Janeane Garofalo. Still curious about those rumors Led Zeppelin will be playing the fest? Well, Bonnaroo is promising the next best thing (kind of): Lez Zeppelin, the all-girl Zep tribute band. The full list of announced bands (with more to come) is now on the official Bonnaroo Web site, and can be found below.

Officially confirmed performers at the 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival:

Pearl Jam
Metallica
Jack Johnson
Kanye West
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Phil Lesh & Friends
My Morning Jacket
The Allman Brothers Band
The Raconteurs
Willie Nelson
Death Cab for Cutie
B.B. King
Sigur Ros
Levon Helm and the Ramble on the Road
Ben Folds
O.A.R.
The Bluegrass Allstars Feat. Luke Bulla, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton
M.I.A.
Umphrey's McGee
Iron & Wine
Yonder Mountain String Band
Swell Season
Talib Kweli
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi's Soul Stew Revival
Gogol Bordello
Broken Social Scene
Robert Randolph's Revival
Rilo Kiley
Mastodon
Lupe Fiasco
Against Me!
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Pat Green
Ozomatli
Tegan & Sara
Solomon Burke
Drive-By Truckers
!!!
The Avett Brothers
Israel Vibration
Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck
Phil Lesh / Larry Campbell / Jackie Greene
Aimee Mann
Ladytron
The Fiery Furnaces
Orchestra Baobab
Ghostland Observatory
Jose Gonzalez
Dark Star Orchestra
Minus the Bear
Donavon Frankenreiter
Lez Zeppelin
State Radio
Battles
Jakob Dylan
Two Gallants
The Sword
Vampire Weekend
Little Feat
Nicole Atkins
The Felice Brothers
Mason Jennings
MGMT
The Lee Boys
Black Kids
Serena Ryder
Steel Train
Grupo Fantasma
Back Door Slam

Bonnaroo Comedy:
David Cross
Janeane Garofalo
Zach Galifianakis
Jim Norton
Brian Posehn
Mike Birbiglia
John Mulaney
Michelle Buteau

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