Desert Trip, also known as Oldchella, otherwise known as possibly the best thing to ever happen to classic rock fans, is going down in Indio, California from Friday, October 7th- Sunday, October 9th. Two weekends packed full of old hippies trying to relive their youth, younglings who were born in the wrong generation, and everyone else in between, will soon be listening to the music that arguably started and fueled a revolution and dually inspired a generation.
Favorites like The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will be on stage Friday night, while Paul McCartney and Neil Young take over on Saturday, leaving Roger Waters and The Who to headline the last night on Sunday.
Tickets went on sale in May of 2016 for $399 and sold out almost immediately. The people lucky enough to snatch up a ticket will be celebrating these artists/bands this fall.
For the rest of us, who were either unable to purchase a $700 bill for travel and the actual concert or are relegated to the confines of school, will be forced to relive the experience via old Rolling Stones concert videos instead.
This concert is not only a great experience for fans, but the artists also have something to gain as well. After the announcement of Desert Trip, Bob Dylan’s tour ticket sales took off. They spiked in price and keep rising as some of the most expensive seats on his tour are now over $200 dollars for second sale price. Not that Bob Dylan ever went out of style, but the announcement of him playing in Indio has brought him to the forefront of people’s minds more so than the few years prior.
Dylan hasn’t stopped rocking for a while as he’s been on his Never Ending Tour since 1988 and doesn’t plan to stop here. Desert Trip, in fact, is just the middle ground. After the festival, the iconic guitarist plans to go to Arizona and continue the tour.
As for seating, the Empire Polo Club is capable of accommodating all paying guests comfortably. At Lollapalooza, for example, there are multiple stages so if two of your favorite artists are preforming at once, you have to choose one. Desert Trip, on the other hand, will feature one main stage so that each of these legends captures everyone’s attention. The fact that each master of rock and roll gets to perform on the same stage and have the main focus on them renders the whole festival more personal in terms of viewer experience. Not only does everyone who goes to Desert Trip get to see all the artists in their entirety, but there will be no Roger Waters music playing in the background while people are intending to jam out to The Who and vice versa. All crowds will be directed towards one, headlining stage. The seating chart (below) shows that people can buy tickets and are able to sit during the festival, instead of having standing room only sections. This is due to the older generation of people serving as their target demographic going for the festival.
Another reason that Desert Trip is the concert of a generation is that it will most likely be one of the biggest events that each artist has preformed in some time. The last large venue that The Who preformed at was in London, a stadium with the capacity of 90,000 people, but it failed to reach capacity. While that’s still a lot of people, Desert Trip is expected to draw a lot more. It doesn’t matter if you know every song that will be played or if you know nothing at all, these songs will take you back to a different generation of music. Not only will they make you feel new, but if you really listen to the words, you’ll hear a real story, disguised by bass, long guitar solos, and hidden meanings.
The lineup for this show is, in my opinion, some of the best bands comprised into one impressive weekend. In the prime of their time, which is 1970-86 (mainly), each one of these artists has had one of their songs reach the Billboard top 10 list. Not only have they been recognized by the Billboard list, but they have stayed around since then as well. Having stuck together since 1962 (54 years ago), The Rolling Stones are constantly preforming tours and reprises of old albums. Mick Jagger even was featured in a song, along with Jennifer Lopez, by Will.I.Am. The others preforming have similar stories. Some bands broke up (Pink Floyd) and some band members died (John Lennon, The Beatles) but the remaining performers have kept on rolling ever since the onset of their musical careers.
Want some new music to listen to this weekend? Check out my favorite songs from each of the artists preforming at Desert Trip.
The Rolling Stones:
- “Moonlight Mile”
- “Jumping Jack Flash”
- “Sympathy for the Devil”
- “Mixed Emotions”
- “Rip This Joint”
- “Pinball Wizard”
- “Behind Blue Eyes”
- “The Seeker”
- “See Me, Feel Me”
- “Like a Rolling Stone”
- “One of Us Must Know (sooner or later)”
- “Rambling Gambling Willie”
- “Blowin’ in the Wind”
- “Million Dollar Bash – Take 1”
- “Maybe I’m Amazed”
- “Drive My Car”
- “Got to Get You in My Life”
- “Live and Let Die” (written by Paul McCartney but originally performed by his band, Wings)
- “Helter Skelter”
- “Comfortably Numb”
- “Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2”
- “Wish You Were Here”
- “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”
- “Brain Damage”
- “Ohio” (with Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
- “Heart of Gold”
- “Like a Hurricane”
- “Rockin’ in the Free World”
- “Are There Any More Real Cowboys”