One of the most successful and profitable music events of 2016 was Desert Trip (aka “Oldchella”), the two-weekend festival featuring Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The Who and Roger Waters. Total gross was somewhere around $160 million. With that kind of dosh in play, you just know that organizers are thinking about a second edition for this year. But who would play such an event? What mega legacy artists are left to pursue? Let’s speculate wildly about who Goldenvoice might be calling.
After Glenn Frey died, the expectation that the Eagles were done. But maybe not. There’s a story that both the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac are considering two festivals this year, one on the east coast and the other on the west. Might that west coast gig be Desert Trip?
See above. Imagine seeing them and the Eagles on the same night.
His legacy might not be as strong some of the other acts on this list, but he has a very strong following and a catalog a mile deep.
He’s making noises about retiring from live performances, but if someone were to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse…
He’s still touring and bringing in big crowds. I’d pair him on the Sunday night with …
They’re friends and they’ve toured together before. And Joel has that stupidly impressive string of sellouts at Madison Square Garden.
Gotta get someone of colour in there. Who better than Stevie?
A solid idea, one that would be even more solid if Peter Gabriel would agree to be part of this.
We had Waters last year. And besides, the chasm between Waters and David Gilmour seems just too big. But then again, there’s a story about Floyd playing Glastonbury.
The Holy Grail. Given Robert Plant’s attitude towards anything Zeppelin, I just can’t see it happening.
Not a bad idea, but Ray and Dave Davies hate each other more than Roger Waters and David Gilmour.
Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young?)
Pretty cool. Not out of the question.
Maybe, but I’d want to see a Faces reunion as part of this.
He’s been part of festivals and package tours in the past, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.
Even they could keep their hostilities at bay for two sets.
Simon and Garfunkel
An intriguing idea, no?
Maybe, but only if Brian Wilson is part of it.
No. Maybe in a few years. They’ve still go their own thing happening.
Another band that might be convinced out of their (alleged) impending retirement.
What about some women?
I’d love to see some women on the bill, but who? Carole King, perhaps. Joni Mitchell would be fantastic, but her health is shakey. Aretha Franklin? Possibly. Tina Turner? She’s 77, but might be lured out of retirement.
Any other suggestions?