Roger Daltrey, Zak Starkey, and Pete Townshend prove the Who can still raise a racket.
Paul McCartney and Neil Young jam on the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” and “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?”
The audience of mostly Baby Boomershad to contend with myriad “Oldchella” references (an obvious play on the youth-oriented Coachella festival), the average age of the musicians themselves was around 72, and high-end amenities filled the fairground, but Desert Trip in Indio, California, was no last tango for fading bucket-listers. Thanks to the energy, political ire, wry humor, and transcendent songs from Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, and the Who, the two-weekend Desert Trip—which, at press time, was estimated at grossing more than $100 million—proved that great rock and rock can be both ageless and powerful. —MM