This Is What Desert Trip Would Look Like If It Happened In 1976

This October, the organisers behind Coachella are bringing some of music’s biggest living legends to Indio, California for the inaugural edition of Desert Trip festival. But what would the event look like if it had happened 40 years ago? Cooler, that’s what.


1Rolling Stones At Knebworth

(left to right) Guitarist Ronnie Wood, singer Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performing on stage at the Knebworth Fair in Hertfordshire, England on August 21, 1976. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images) Getty
In 1976, The Rolling Stones were promoting their 13th studio album 'Black And Blue', and rocking some killer satin trousers.

2Bob Dylan At "The Last Waltz"

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 25: Bob Dylan performs on stage with a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar at 'The Last Waltz' concert at Winterland Ballroom on November 25, 1976 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Getty
Bob Dylan headed out on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1976, taking a caravan full of musicians like Joan Baez and Ramblin' Jack Elliott across the south of America.

3Neil Young

Canadian singer Neil Young performs on stage, playing a banjo, at Hammersmith Odeon, London, 28th March 1976. (Photo by Graham Wiltshire/Redferns) Getty
Will Neil Young play a half acoustic, half electric set at Desert Trip? He and his band Crazy Horse did that at some shows during '76 where they also added elongated jams to songs like 'Cowgirl In The Sand'.

4"Wings" Performing In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - MAY 1976: Founding member of the rock and roll band "The Beatles", Paul McCartney, fronts his next band "Wings" in May 1976 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Getty
Paul McCartney wasn't really playing solo in the '70s, but he had formed Wings and begun touring with his post-Beatles band. Here, he would have been on the Wings Across The World tour, which ran from August 1975 to October 1976.

5The Who Performing In Florida

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 7: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend perform with The Who at The Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL on August 7, 1976. (Photo by Mickey Adair/Getty Images) Getty
The Who spent most of 1976 promoting their 'The Who By Numbers' album. They visited America three times over eight months, as well as touring the UK and Europe.

6Photo of Roger WATERS and PINK FLOYD

UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 01: WEMBLEY EMPIRE POOL Photo of Roger WATERS and PINK FLOYD, Roger Waters performing live onstage, playing Fender Stratocaster guitar, wearing headphones, on In The Flesh ('Animals' album) tour, wearing pig t-shirt (Photo by Ian Dickson/Redferns) Getty
In 1976, in-ear monitors were still a mere spark in some technologically-minded genius' eye. Instead, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters had to contend with the curly lead of his giant headphones. Looks kind of cool, but must have been a nightmare to get tangled up in.

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