Minimation: John Oates on the Bonnaroo 2013 Superjam

When they called it a "Superjam," they weren't kidding.

By Brian Ives 

On Minimation, we comb through the CBS Radio interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists. In this interview from 2015, John Oates explains how he got involved in the 2013 Bonnaroo Superjam. Animated for Radio.com by Bill Thomas. 

Well, we’re right in the middle of summer, which is festival season; somewhere in the America, pretty much every weekend, is a huge, multi-day, multi-artist festival. After a while, they can blend into each other. One that stands out, though, is Bonnaroo, which features a “superjam” each year.

And few of their superjams were as epic as the one in 2013, when Jim James of My Morning Jacket curated the event with the help of his friend John Oates of Hall & Oates.

Related: John Oates on Hall & Oates: ‘I Would Never Say Never’ to a New Record

With a house band that included members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, they were joined by guest vocalists including Billy Idol, Larry Graham of Graham Central Station and Sly and the Family Stone and R. Kelly.

In this Radio.com interview, Oates explains that it all started when he jammed with My Morning Jacket in Colorado.

Hall and Oates are currently on a U.S. tour.

 

 

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