April 18, 2016

Rock's Greats Line Up For A Gig For The Ages (Or Aged)



It is a festival line-up that might have relegated Woodstock to a footnote in history if promoters had managed to put it together 40 years ago.

The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Who, Neil Young and Roger ­Waters from Pink Floyd are all being lined up for a three-day rock spectacular in the California desert in October. Negotiations between the six headline acts and the organisers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are said to be nearly complete and an announcement is expected soon.

“It’s so special in so many ways,” Elliot Roberts, Young’s manager, told the Los Angeles Times. “You won’t get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again.”

The regular Coachella festival took place at the weekend and featured a headline slot for the reunited Guns N’ Roses. It has become the best attended and highest-grossing music festival in the world, taking £60 million last year, and has previously hosted McCartney and Waters. The one-off festival, pencilled in for October 7 to 9, would be staged by Goldenvoice, an offshoot of AEG Live, which owns the O2 Arena in London.

Of the Coachella acts, only The Who and Young played in 1969 at Woodstock, which became a symbol of optimism and the power of rock music.

With many thanks to The Australian 

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