Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Rolling Stones, McCartney & Roger Waters to headline Desert Trip festival

Coachella organizers have announced Desert Trip, a three-day festival this fall that will be headlined by The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters.

Running October 7-9 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, the Stones and Bob Dylan will perform on opening night, McCartney and Neil Young on Saturday and Roger Waters and The Who will close out Sunday evening.

With performances starting after sunset, each artist will play a full set with their own stage productions.

Rolling Stone reports the event is the result of a year of secret meetings and careful negotiations by Paul Tollett, the CEO of concert promoter Goldenvoice.

Two years ago, Tollett made a wish list that he says consisted only of the six acts. He traveled to see each one play, and he sold them on the idea slowly.

"If I'd made a financial offer first, I would have been rejected," he says. "[The Stones] asked what I was working on. I said, 'I'm working on one of the greatest shows of all time. I don't know what that means, but I'll come back to you.' "

The biggest challenges included getting the first act to sign on (Tollett is not saying who it was). "A couple said, 'What are you going to do if we don't do it?' [I said] 'If we don't get these six, we're not going to do the show.' They said, ‘OK, that's kind of interesting.' "

The only act Tollett has not met with personally is Dylan: "I live out near him, but he's not the type of guy you run into at 7-Eleven."

Desert Trip three-day passes run from $399 to $1,599, not including VIP packages, while single-day tickets will go for $199.

Reserved seats and general admission passes go on sale Monday, May 9 at 10am Pacific Time at

The Rolling Stones will release a new live collection, “Totally Stripped”, on June 3 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The set expands on the 1995 unplugged album, “Stripped”, which delivered acoustic and alternate versions of the band’s classics alongside select covers of tunes by Bob Dylan and Robert Johnson, among others.

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