Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Stephen Colbert Fires Away at Bonnaroo in Announcement for StePhest Colbchella

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Television’s Stephen Colbert is curating his own music festival, again. The StePhest Colbchella '012: Rocktaugustfest — the followup to last year’s StePhest Colbchella '011: Rock You Like a Thirst-Icane — will feature The Flaming Lips, fun., Grandmaster Flash, Grizzly Bear and Santigold, and take place aboard the docked USS Intrepid at New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The festival, which will be filmed, makes its sophomore voyage on Aug. 10, with performances to air on The Colbert Report throughout the following week. Considering attending? Surf this wave for more info.

Colbert announced StePhest ‘012 during last night’s Colbert broadcast and the A-musical, mock-jingoist, funservative faux pundit had some choice words for Middle Tennessee’s favorite music festival.

“I know all the latest, hottest bands, like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza,” Colbert quipped. “Those guys are great.”

"Does Bonnaroo have cruise missiles?” Colbert added, boasting rhetorically about the 41,434-ton-displacing retired aircraft carrier-turned-concert-venue.

Of note, former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe made a cameo during the Colbert segment (above), appearing on the host’s bookshelf. Also of note: Is it me, or is Stipe starting to look like Walter White as he ages?

Anywho, hippie-friendly Bonnaroo might not have a leg to stand on when it comes to actual, deadly firepower, but in 2010 it did have GWAR. So there’s that.

In case you’re asking, Stephen Colbert is an invented persona on TV, so then how can you know for certain that StePhest is a real, honest-to-God music festival? The Flaming Lips are playing it. The Flaming Lips are to music festivals what David Fricke is to rock docs: Ubiquitous. Seriously, the Flips could jump on a Gathering of the Juggalos lineup and I wouldn’t be (that) surprised. Are Wayne Coyne & Co. trying to best Barry Bonds’ home run record in music festival appearances? Or have they already done that. Going to a music festival and not seeing The Flaming Lips is like passing a kidney stone and not feeling pain.

StePhest ‘012 isn’t the only aircraft-carrier bound rock fest. Slaughter by the Water — a portside heavy metal parking lot bash hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy and headlined by trash titans Exodus — is slated to plunder the (as legend has it) haunted USS Hornet in Alameda, Calif., on Aug. 25. Do I smell a new-school East Coast/West Coast rivalry brewin’? Of course, while Middle Tennessee has neither festive cruise missiles nor a coastline to wage musical war with, we are the spiritual home of the Bruise Cruise.

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