Desert Trip not happening in 2017

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In an interview with Billboard, Goldenvoice founder and CEO Paul Tollett confirmed that his company’s classic-rock festival, which debuted last year with performances by The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, will not be held again in 2017.“We’re not doing Desert Trip this year. We loved 2016 Desert Trip — that was a special moment in time. Maybe someday in the future we’ll do something similar.”


Last year’s event saw the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who each playing twice over two weekends in October at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., the same location as the annual Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival. Even with the cheapest ticket going for $199, it sold out — 75,000 tickets per weekend — in three hours, and grossed approximately $160 million. Still, after seeing the receipts, Tollett was not willing to commit to bringing it back for 2017.


“That is a unique, one-off thing,” he said. “It’s not really a festival — it’s a concert, two bands a day. I just thought those six bands should play together. It’s never been done.”

Many music fans had been hoping for a Led Zeppelin reunion in 2017, potentially as headliners for Desert Trip. Buzz about a possible reunion hit a crescendo last week, thanks in part to a cryptic message on singer Robert Plant’s website that simply read, “Any time now…” But sources said that clue more likely alluded to a musical release.

Whether Desert Trip returns in 2018 or not we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, Goldenvoice will be plenty busy producing its newest festival, Arroyo Seco Weekend, with Tom Petty and Mumford & Sons in June, as well as FYF in July and the 50th anniversary reboot of the Monterey International Pop Festival, which Goldenvoice is co-producing with founder Lou Adler, also in June.

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