Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan Thrill At Desert Trip Weekend 1
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 10:09:52
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Bob Dylan opened up the weekend and performed a number of his hits. According to Rolling Stone, to start the concert, "He sat at the piano and dove right into "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," and he played the tune with a wicked grin, singing "Everybody must get stoned!" like he was sharing a favorite joke with fans who have been with him since the Sixties." Next up were the Rolling Stones who began their show with the usual crowd pleaser, "Start Me Up".
Night two of the festival featured Paul McCartney and Neil Young. Both performers put on thrilling performances, but the height of the evening came when Young joined McCartney during his set. Rolling Stone reports, "Their choice of material was the Lennon-McCartney classic "A Day in the Life," which later shifted into John Lennon's anthem "Give Peace a Chance." Both McCartney and Young were all smiles sharing the stage, then tore into the raw Beatles oddity "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" leaving room for Young to set his guitar aflame with a joyfully ragged solo, a searing moment likely to be remembered long after this weekend."
The final night of the festival got political as The Who and Roger Waters took the stage for their performances. During Waters' show, "there was a truck-sized inflatable pig floating above the crowd during the song "Pigs," with a map of the U.S. painted on one side with the words: "Together we stand, divided we fall." On the other side was the face of Donald Trump and the words "ignorant," "lying," "racist," "sexist" and "F*** Trump and his wall," reports Rolling Stone.
The second weekend of the festival begins on Friday.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff