Monday 24 October 2016

Rock of ages as legends gear up for the 'last of our generation' concert

Rachael Alexander

Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards with his wife Hansen. REUTERS/Mark Blinch
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards with his wife Hansen. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Some of the biggest names in the history of rock will assemble for what could be the concert of the decade.

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The line-up of legends includes Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan for what the BBC terms a US "mega-festival" in October.

Called 'Desert Trip', the three-day event will take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California, the site of the Coachella music festival.

Tickets start at $200 (€174) per day, rising to $1,599 (€1,389) for a three-day pass for the area near the stage.

The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young are also on the bill. Performances will start after sunset, with each artist playing a full set.

All six of the performers have been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rumours about the show began to circulate last month, after the first weekend of Coachella. The Who frontman Roger Daltrey later confirmed to BBC 6 Music that the festival was likely to go ahead, describing it as a once-in-a-lifetime line-up.

"We have to face it, we are [at] the end of an era," the singer said. "We're the last of our generation. You can see from reading the obituaries lately that we [rock stars] don't make old bones very well, do we?"

The 'LA Times' said Dylan and the Stones were expected to open the festival with back-to-back performances on Friday, October 7, with McCartney and Young playing the following night, and Waters and The Who concluding proceedings on October 9.

"I don't think any of us cares who goes on first," said Daltrey. "We've never worried about that."

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