Classic rockers may be dropping like flies but this bunch is about to re-define “aging gracefully”

Well, it’s official! The 3-day mega-festival featuring some of the surviving elder statesman of rock & roll has just been announced. The “Desert Trip” (playfully dubbed “Oldchella”) festival is set for October 7-9 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA. This is the same venue the Coachella Music & Arts festival has inhabited annually for the last 17 years. Concert promoters Goldenvoice and AEG Live, who also produce Coachella and Stagecoach are behind the massive and historic classic rock showdown.


There are some interesting differences between Desert Trip and Coachella. Instead of the 5 or more stages, “Oldchella” has only 1 ginormous main stage with grandstand seating and only 2 headliners performing per day. This is a first-of-its-kind, multi-night concert with each and every act a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. There are no supporting artists and fans will see a full blown set from every band including pyrotechnics, huge video displays, special lighting effects and even flying farm animals. 


Here’s the line-up:


Friday/October 7:   Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan


Saturday/October 8:   Paul McCartney and Neil Young


Sunday/October 9:  Roger Waters and The Who 


Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am on May 9 via and ticket prices are amazingly reasonable, especially considering the record-breaking millions that’ll be paid to each group. Unlike Coachella and its country sister Stagecoach, there are also single day passes available for those lacking the time or stamina for the entire 3-day extravaganza.



Ticket prices are as follows:
3 Day Passes
General admission – $399
Reserved floor – $699, $999, $1,599,
Reserved grandstand – $999, $1599
Standing pit – $1,599

Single Day Passes
General admission – $199



It’s hard to think about Desert Trip without at least a little bit of nostalgic flashing-back (no LSD pun intended) to Woodstock. It would be so interesting to know how many “Summer of Love” era hippy types that experienced the beginning of a revolution will be on hand for what’s arguably the end. Things have certainly changed since the drug and sex fueled, mud wallowing, stinky portable outhouse suffering days of music festivals.


The polo grounds now have permanent, industrial-chic restrooms (no VIPee pass required) with 324 semi-private stalls. Luxurious VIP packages are available including gourmet, four-course meals served “al fresco” courtesy of an all-star lineup of world famous chefs representing 40 of the best eateries from across the country. Tons of additional food vendors occupy a terraced area open to anyone with a ticket.  Accommodations range from luxury 5 Star Hotel packages to tent and RV camping and of course there’s always Airbnb.


If you really want to go in style…...take an “Uber-Copter” to the event! That’s right, for a paltry 5 grand, round trip, you can be whisked away from Van Nuys airport in an executive chopper, deposited near the venue and picked back up for the return trip when it’s all over. Needless to say, an Uber car gets you to the airport and from the landing pad in Indio to the festival grounds with the reverse for the ride home.


Whatever level of amenity suits you and your budget best, these legendary cultural icons are gonna put on a show that’ll rock your socks off. A show you’re not likely to forget and one that’s truly among the last of its kind……at least as far as classic rock is concerned.

Published by Bill Hoover