Dylan and Stones to open US concert
The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who will perform at a mega festival in October, organizers said on Tuesday.
The iconic artists have been confirmed for the Oct 7-9 concert at the Empire Polo field in Indio, in the California desert, an event being billed by music lovers as one of the greatest concerts ever.
That same venue hosts the annual Coachella music festival.
“I can’t think of a concert as big as this one,” says Jim Guerinot, a talent agent and former promoter. “Neil Young opening for Paul McCartney — are you kidding me? ... I think it’s a stupendous achievement.”
Tickets for the event, which go on sale on Monday, will range from $199 to $1,599, concert promoterGoldenvoice says. Customers are limited to buying a maximum of eight tickets for the festival, which is being called The Desert Trip.
“With performances starting after sunset, each artist will play a full set, serving up three incomparable nights of rock ’n’ roll,” the organizers’ website says.
All of the artists are in their 70s except the Stones 68-yearold guitarist Ronnie Wood. The acts all remain active and pull in major audiences eager to see them for nostalgia.
Concert organizers say Dylan and the Stones would launch the concert on Oct 7, Young and McCartney would perform on Oct 8, and the Who andWaters will close the three-day event on Oct 9.
The festival could mark a final appearance for The Who, whose members have hinted at imminent retirement.
The group was scheduled to end their tour in May, but have already added June dates to appear at festivals in Europe.
The Rolling Stones perform during a concert at Ciudad Deportiva in Havana, Cuba. The band will join a mega festival in California in October.