The mini-festival takes place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California, the same site where Coachella is held. Friday night saw the Stones follow co-headliner Bob Dylan.
“We’re gonna do a cover song of a sort of unknown beat group. I think you might remember [them], we’re gonna try a cover of one of their tunes,” frontman Mick Jagger told the crowd before covering ‘Abbey Road’ opening track ‘Come Together’.
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Jagger went on to joke about the nickname of ‘Oldchella’ that the festival has been given, saying: “Tonight we’re not going to do any age jokes or anything, OK? Welcome to the Palm Springs retirement home for gentle English musicians”.
Desert Trip runs for two weekends, with Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who all still to perform this first weekend.
The day-by-day line-ups for Desert Trip are as below:
Paul McCartney, Neil Young (October 8, 15)
Roger Waters, The Who (October 9, 16)
The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan (October 14)
Earlier this week, The Rolling Stones announced details of their new album ‘Blue & Lonesome’. The blues covers record, their first studio LP in over a decade, will be released in December 2 via Polydor.