Almost since their inceptions in 1999 and 2007, respectively, the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals at the Empire Polo Club in Indio have drawn 20 percent of their annual audiences from San Diego County. Come October, we'll find out if classic-rock fans from San Diego will turn out in equal numbers for what is being unofficially billed as the "Concert of the Century" by some, "Oldchella" by others, and "Desert Trip" in promotional materials describing the three evening concerts.
No matter the name, the lineup for Oct. 7-9 outdoor concerts features a remarkable collection of classic-rock icons who have never before appeared at the same music event. The performance roster includes 1969 Woodstock veterans Neil Young and The Who, and two legendary acts - Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones - that have performed in recent years at San Diego's Petco Park. Rounding things off are Bob Dylan and former Pink Floyd mainstay Roger Waters.
The lineup for the concerts in Indio is as follows:
Friday, October 7: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan
Saturday, October 8: Paul McCartney, Neil Young
Sunday October 9: Roger Waters, The Who
Each act will perform full a full set and all concerts will start after sundown. Tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at Desert.Trip.com. Prices range $199 for a general admission pass to $1,599 for reserved floor and reserved grandstand stages. No single-day tickets are available.
The specific ticket prices are as follows: General admission - $399; Reserved floor - $699, $999, $1,599; Reserved grandstand - $999, $1599; Standing pit - $1,599. Other, higher priced VIP packages may also be available.
San Diego music fans unable to attend the three-day music fete in Indio have a few local alternatives. By coincidence, The Who will perform May 27 at Valley View Casino Center, while Dylan is performing two sold-out shows at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay in mid-June.
By coincidence, AEG/Goldenvoice, the producer of Coachella, Stagecoach and, now, Desert Trip, owns a controlling interest in Valley Vice Casino Center and exclusively books all shows at Humphreys. McCartney and Waters have both headlined previous editions of the Coachella festival, which typically draws about 100,000 people per day for each of its two concsecutive three-day weekends of music in April.
Hotel, shuttle and upscale camping packages are also available for the three-day concert in Indio, starting Monday at 10 a.m..