Rumours about the show began to circulate last month, after the first weekend of Coachella. The Who’s Roger Daltrey later confirmed to BBC-6 Music that the festival was likely to go ahead, describing it as a once-in-a-lifetime line-up. “We have to face it, we are [at] the end of an era,” the singer told 6 Music’s Matt Everitt. “We’re the last of our generation. You can see from reading the obituaries lately that we [rock stars] don’t make old bones very well, do we?”
The LA Times said Dylan and the Stones were expected to open the festival with back-to-back performances on Friday, 7 October, with McCartney and Young playing the following night, and Waters and the Who concluding proceedings on 9th October.
“I don’t think any of us cares who goes on first,” said Daltrey. “We’ve never worried about that. The music is all so different, that’s not going to matter at all.”
The gigs will be scheduled as follows:
- Friday, 7 October: The Rolling Stones, with Bob Dylan and His Band
- Saturday, 8 October: Paul McCartney with Neil Young + Promise of the Real
- Sunday, 9 October: Roger Waters with The Who.
The historic festival was initially reported by the Los Angeles Times over the weekend, but neither the acts nor the promoters would confirmed the event. It will be the first, and possibly last, time the artists – all Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees – have shared the same bill.
Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar said: “If you just look at it at face value, a bill like this doesn’t exist anywhere else on the concert landscape. There are a lot of festivals, but nothing quite like what’s being planned there. I expect it will resonate nationally and internationally.”
The Who are currently in the middle of their 50th anniversary world tour, which hits the Isle of Wight Festival in the UK on 11 June. Dozens of dates were postponed last year when Daltrey contracted viral meningitis. “I got terrible headaches, then I fell over. It was touch and go there for a few days,” Daltrey said. “I’m doing alright. I don’t think I’m 100% but I’m singing better than I’ve ever sung in my life, so that’s a good result.”
There is no news yet on whether Flat Eric has been asked to perform with the other legends!