The Desert Trip: Coachella Promoters Assemble All-Star Roster of Old White Men

Apparently not content to transform the otherwise tranquil town of Indio, Calif. into utter chaos for only two weekends a year, Goldenvoice CEO and Coachella founder Paul Tollett will now give locals a third reason to run for cover later this fall.

A passion project years in the making, yesterday Tollett officially announced Desert Trip, a once-in-a-lifetime collection of talent targeted at the older subset of music lovers who may not what a “Coachella” is.

The Desert Trip's lineup is a gaudy assortment of rock icons, featuring the collective talents of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Roger Waters. Taking place from October 7-10, each night will feature two acts back-to-back. Tollett has confirmed that no other musicians will take part in the bill.

[jump] While it's hard to slam a collection of such legendary figures all sharing one bill, the lack of diversity is simply astounding. One has to imagine that were they asked, female icons like Patti Smith, Joan Baez, and Judy Collins would have happily taken the truly ludicrous amount of money each act on this bill is unquestionably receiving. Baby boomers willing to part with a piece of their pension funds for tickets will also surely notice the ubiquitous whiteness of the acts on stage.

Given Tollett's other major venture, Coachella, boasted a line-up of over 180 acts last month, would it really have been so terrible to add legends like Smith, Baez, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, or Lionel Ritchie to the proceedings? 

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Roger Daltrey of the Who called the festival “the greatest remains of our era.”

We shall see soon enough.

Tickets for Desert Trip go on sale to the general public at 10:00am on Monday, May 9. For more info, visit

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