The Who compare themselves to Adele and Justin Bieber at Desert Trip

Band play third day of California festival's first weekend

The Who compared themselves to Justin Bieber and Adele during their headline set on the third night of Desert Trip festival in California.

The mini-festival takes place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California, the same site where Coachella is held. Held over two weekends, it sees Paul McCartney , Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and The Who all performing live.

Dylan and the Stones opened proceedings on Friday (October 7), while McCartney and Young headlined Saturday night’s leg (October 8).


During their set on Sunday night (October 9), Pete Townshend introduced their first US hit ‘I Can See for Miles’ by saying that it was “such a long fucking time ago,” before adding, “We were 1967’s version of Adele or Lady Gaga or Rihanna or Bieber.”

Yahoo reports that Townshend went on to say: “Roger and I are so glad to be out here at our age. And I couldn’t do it without Roger.”

The Who played the following songs during a two-hour set:

I Can’t Explain
The Seeker
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
My Generation
Behind Blue Eyes
Join Together
You Better You Bet
I’m One
The Rock
Love, Reign O’er Me
Eminence Front
Amazing Journey
The Acid Queen
Pinball Wizard
See Me, Feel Me
Baba O’Riley
Won’t Get Fooled Again

Roger Waters also headlined on Sunday night. The day-by-day line-ups for weekend two of Desert Trip are as below:

The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan (October 14)
Paul McCartney, Neil Young (October 15)
Roger Waters, The Who (October 16)