Goldenvoice has just announced Desert Trip, a concert that some are already calling the greatest show of the century. The three-day and possibly two-weekend extravaganza will include performances from The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and The Who. The concert is scheduled for October 7 – 9 at the Empire Polo Grounds, the same venue used by Coachella and StageCoach festivals. Tickets range from $199 to $1,599; they go on sale May 9th. See the dates on Thrillcall.
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According to Billboard:
Goldenvoice Entertainment, a subsidiary of AEG Live, will produce the event, which will take place Oct. 7-9. The Stones and Dylan play the first night, McCartney and Neil Young with Promise of the Real the second, and Waters and The Who will wrap the weekend.
The concert will surely boast one of the highest talent budgets ever, even for a three-day event; one source says the top headliners on the bill are guaranteed as much as $7 million each. Sources say the possibility of a second weekend exists.
Most of the artists have histories with AEG Live and its subsidiaries Concerts West and Goldenvoice. The Stones have toured with Concerts West since reconvening in 2012 to the tune of about $400 million gross, according to Boxscore. AEG Live has been a frequent promoter of shows by McCartney, and McCartney tour director Barrie Marshall’s Marshall Arts Limited is partnered with AEG. Waters’ last tour was promoted worldwide by Live Nation (a three-year trek that wrapped in 2013 as the highest grossing tour ever by a solo artist at $459 million from 219 performances), but Waters’ tour director Andrew Zweck now is affiliated with AEG’s U.K. Operation, plus Waters turned in a memorable performance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at Coachella in 2008. The last several tours by The Who have been promoted by AEG Live/Concerts West. Dylan and Young work with varied promoters, though Young was once affiliated closely with Live Nation’s Global Touring division.