The final gathering of the Woodstock Generation

Desert Trip (NY times)

On October 7th and the following weekend, the aging giants of Rock and Roll will be gathering at the Coachella Valley venue in Indio California for a once in a lifetime concert called Desert Trip. Unlike Burning Man, Coachella is a gathering place with hotels, running water, electricity and internet access.

Indio is on I-10 20 miles East of Palm Springs and less than 3 hours from Los Angeles and San Diego and about an hour from the far Eastern suburbs of Los Angeles. You can camp or take the RV to the desert, but driving back home is possible.

The Coachella Valley festival is held in the spring before the desert heat becomes unbearable. It competes with the South By Southwest (SXSW) for the attention of the Silicon Valley millionaires as a venue to network with their peers and have a good time. Coachella is focused on Music, SxSW more about technology, software and politics.

Desert Trip was a somewhat spontaneous idea, and many of the legends of Rock and Roll (those who haven’t died of drug overdoses) will gather for an event as least as profound as Woodstock. Attendees are expected to spend an average of $1000 to see and hear Paul McCartney, Neil Young, The Who, and others over a three day period. The concert is expected to bring in $150 million.

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4 Responses to The final gathering of the Woodstock Generation

  1. briand75 says:

    The desert – first problem solved. No mud and no cholera. The stage and amphitheater look to be sized for a reasonable size crowd. The tickets are over $200 each for any of the performers, so I would guess that “rabble” and “hippies” won’t be making the trip. The location is far enough to keep the drugs and smoke and paraphernalia localized and not cause problems. Cool.

    Woodstock, NY is now a quaint bistro and boutique laden tourist trap. Methinks the Woodstock generation missed the end and someone forgot to tell them.

  2. RebelSansClue says:

    Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and (I think) Roger Waters. Would love to attend, but I don’t have that kind of cash. I’ll wait for the inevitable DVD.

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    According to Bloomberg, prices for tickets on the secondary market are crashing
    I guess the interest in the concert is dying off

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Prize for “literature”, which is taking up half of The NY Times front page. Slow news day.

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