Dy­lan and Stones to open US con­cert

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Los Angeles

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.

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