For a handful of aging rock 'n' roll gods — Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Roger Waters, the Rolling Stones, and the Who — the finish line is visible.
Can they utilize their rockstar superpowers to outwit the pale specter of death? Possibly, even probably, but concertgoers still can't risk taking that chance.
And that's what makes Desert Trip, the just-announced, three-day mega-festival, such a tempting option. The aforementioned music legends will assemble, Voltron-style, Oct. 7-9 at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, for what's perhaps the greatest assemblage of rock 'n' roll royalty we've ever seen.
The long-rumored but just-confirmed fest will take place on the same grounds as Coachella, promoting yucksters from around the internet to dub it "Oldchella" (see our lede; the performers are old).
“This is about artists who are still creating, who are still relevant," Desert Trip organizer Paul Tollett told the L.A. Times. "I spent probably two months just thinking about which six acts. I think these six are pretty special.”
Prices range from $199 single-day passes to $1,599 for fancy three-day passes. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. May 9 via the Desert Trip website.
In terms of logistics for Minnesotans, round-trip airfare from Minneapolis to L.A., which is about two hours from the festival grounds, will run you $287. On-site camping and nearby hotels are among your lodging options. Here's ticket info, as it appears on the Desert Trip website:
And here's an artist rendering of what fans can expect: Local connection time!
The Stones hit TCF Bank Stadium last summer, and our reviewer considered it a deathless good time. The Who just rocked Target Center on Sunday, and our reviewer considered it a triumphant farewell gig. Neil Young played Northrop in 2010; Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters played Xcel Energy Center in 2012.
Paul McCartney is set to play two shows Wednesday and Thursday at Target Center. And Bob Dylan is — get this — literally from here.