6 iconic acts to rock crowd at 'Oldchella'
THE Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who - the most celebrated acts in rock and roll - will perform at a mega festival in October, organisers said on Tuesday.
The iconic artists have been confirmed for the Oct 7-9 concert at the Empire Polo field in Indio, in the California desert, an event being billed by music lovers as one of the greatest concerts ever.
"I can't think of a concert as big as this one," Jim Guerinot, a talent agent and former promoter, told the Los Angeles Times. "Neil Young opening for Paul McCartney - are you kidding me? I think it's a stupendous achievement."
Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert industry site Pollstar, said the presence of the legendary rock stars at the same event was a "unique concept" that was sure to prove successful.
"It is historic in that having just six headline acts over three days has never been done before," he added.
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Monday from US$199 to US$1,599 (S$270 to S$2,166).
Customers are limited to buying up to eight sets of tickets for the festival, which is being called The Desert Trip.
"With performances starting after sunset, each artist will play a full set, serving up three incomparable nights of rock and roll," concert promoter Goldenvoice said.
The same venue hosts the annual Coachella music festival, one of the world's highest-grossing festival that attracts tens of thousands of fans.
Mr Bongiovanni said given that the majority of concert goers are likely greying music fans, most tickets will be for reserved seats rather than general admission.
All the performers except the Stones' 68-year-old guitarist Ronnie Wood are in their 70s. The acts remain active and pull in major audiences eager to see them for nostalgia reasons.
Organisers said Dylan and the Stones will launch the concert on Oct 7, Young and McCartney will perform on Oct 8 and The Who and Waters will close the event on Oct 9.
The festival could mark a final appearance for The Who, whose members have hinted at imminent retirement.
The Who frontman Roger Daltrey called the line-up for the October concert "the greatest remains of our era".
The megashow by the six Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees immediately created a buzz on social media, with many dubbing the concert "Oldchella".