Whether or not you call it “Oldchella” as numerous people (who likely aren’t attending) have, you’d be pretty hard-pressed to argue that Desert Trip, the huge music festival happening this weekend and next in Indio, California (the site of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival) isn’t a big deal. How do you argue with a lineup comprised of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, The Who and Roger Waters?!
The Who and Waters are set to play tonight, wrapping up the first weekend of the festival – but it’ll all repeat itself again next weekend, providing even more opportunities to see some of the biggest (aging) rock stars of our time.
Friday night saw something kind of strange from The Rolling Stones: they played a cover. A couple of covers, actually. You may have heard about the Stones’ upcoming blues cover album, Blue & Lonesome. They pulled a tune from that for their set, the classic Ride ‘Em On Down, a song they hadn’t played live since 1962. Then I think they really surprised people by covering a classic from The Beatles, who many consider to be the rivals of the Stones during the 60’s. Mick Jagger did get one little dig in at the start, at least:
Last night saw sets from Neil Young and Paul McCartney – and at one point during the latter’s set, the former came out and joined him on stage for a couple of songs. They started off with A Day In The Life.
That’s not the first time those two have shared the stage, or even performed that song together. They’d done the same thing back in 2009 as Young played Hyde Park – I’ll include that video a little further down, but first, more of what happened last night. Young stuck around after to jam on another Beatles tune, one of my favourites from The White Album, which, according to setlist.fm, has only been played live three times by McCartney: Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?
And now for that video of Young & McCartney performing together at Hyde Park:
You may also remember that it was Neil Young who inducted Paul McCartney into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame back in 1999.
Let’s hope we get a chance to see these two take the stage together again sometime! Who knows – it might even happen again next weekend!