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Police, Tool, White Stripes Confirmed for Bonnaroo

Sure, you may have read all about the lineup for the 2007 Bonnaroo Festival on various music blogs early Tuesday (February 13), but as it turns out, most of that “information” – and by “most,” we mean roughly 30 percent – was incorrect (we’re as shocked as you are).

So here, for your viewing pleasure, is the official, 100 percent confirmed ‘Roo lineup. The Police, Tool and the White Stripes top an initial list of more than 70 artists scheduled to appear at Bonnaroo ’07, to be held June 14-17 in Manchester, Tennessee. Others on that list include Wilco, Franz Ferdinand, the Decemberists, Regina Spektor, the Flaming Lips, the Hold Steady, Damien Rice and Lily Allen. The final lineup will include more than 100 bands performing on 13 stages.

Of course, there are also plenty of bands on the bill that will appease the more, uh, fervent (read: hippie-fied) Bonnaroo loyalists, including Widespread Panic, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Galactic and Ween.

But much like last year’s edition – which featured certifiably un-jammy acts such as Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie and Beck – the initial lineup for this year’s Bonnaroo is already raising some eyebrows among longtime festival-goers, who see it as another move toward the mainstream.

“How did the Police earn a spot on the ‘What Stage’?” one fan wrote on the festival’s MySpace page. “It’s an honor to play on the ‘What Stage.’ They haven’t done sh– for 20 years.”

“I hope that is wrong,” another wrote of the lineup. “So freakin’ bad.”

Feel the enthusiasm! If you’re not totally turned off by the festival’s initial lineup, then perhaps you’d be interested to know that tickets for the fest go on sale February 23 at noon through Bonnaroo.com.

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