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Monday, May 09, 2016

2nd Weekend Added for Desert Trip Festival: Neil Young Will Open for Paul McCartney on Saturday, October 15

A second weekend (October 14-16) has been added to the Desert Trip Festival concert at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California, the site of Coachella..

Apparently, due to "overwhelming demand," according to

Neil Young with Promise of the REAL will open for Paul McCartney on Saturday (Night #2), October 15, 2016.

The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan are featured on Friday; Paul McCartney and Neil Young follow on Saturday; and closes with Sunday-night performances by the Who and Roger Waters.

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At 5/10/2016 01:02:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

'Cough up the bucks'

At 5/10/2016 09:14:00 AM, Blogger rustedbugs said...

geeee.... only $1,500 a ticket. I'll take a dozen and give 'em to my friends.......... ..NOT! That's pretty ridiculous in my opinion!

At 5/10/2016 09:36:00 AM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

I'm not in favor of them adding the 2nd weekend (which they had to have known about well in advance), but the pricing options weren't unreasonable.

I know of several people who purchased tickets for Neil Young and Paul McCartney for $199.00. Pretty good deal if you ask me...

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At 5/10/2016 10:52:00 AM, Blogger Chris Harrison said...

Tried for 6 hours to get tix luck. Heard there were MILLIONS of ticket requests from all over the world. My hunch is the big winners in pocketbook will be scalpers using their computer programs worldwide to scam tix whilst poor schlubs like myself lose out. Bummer. Despite our backwards political scene here, I hope Neil and the boys make a stop in AZ sometime soon. Sigh.

At 5/10/2016 11:34:00 AM, Blogger mike d said...

I have never said a negative thing in any of my posts on this site. I'm about to break tradition right now. In my opinion, and with good reason, I find that the organizers of this concert are thieves and con artists. I don't know if Neil and the other artists know what these felons are doing, but they should be apprised.

The site to buy tickets directed me to a waiting list that is suppose to be randomly picked. They gave ticket pricing ahead of time from $399 (general admission) to $1599 (standing pit). No higher priced tickets are listed. After 2 hours waiting "in line", they made an announcement that all the general admission tickets are sold out and that there are a "limited number of deluxe package seats" available. I still wait thinking that I'll get my turn and maybe seats will still be available. I was shooting for the $699 reserved floor seats in the first place and they appeared to be still available. After 3 hours, I am still in line and only a little half way to being served (based on the walking man). I decide to hit the limited deluxe package link in the renouncement box to see what is left. Here is where I got pissed off to the max. On this link. they were selling tickets starting at $2700 for seats that were listed on the site initially for $699. In other words, the promoters became scalpers. $1500 for two tickets is high enopugh, but in my price range. $6000 tickets are not!! By the way, much better ticket were on sale on eBay for less. Someone needs to make Neil aware of his. He's always been against corporate greed. Now he's playing for them.

If anyone was fortunate (or stupid) enough to get tickets, I have a tine share 20 minutes away from the venue that I would sell for a reasonable price. Certainly for much less that the gouging price of $800 a night I found on line.

At 5/10/2016 12:02:00 PM, OpenID flyingscotzman said...

My advice is to spend your money on something more valuable. Take a loved one out for a nice meal, or a holiday (depending on which class of ticket you were intending to buy). Or see these acts individually on their respective tours.

The promotion and pricing structure of this event makes it clear that the real value here is in seeing all these acts TOGETHER. That's what they want to seduce you into believing worth a paying a premium for. But if we take a step back for a second, how important is it really to see these acts all on the same weekend? Is that really such an attractive proposition?

We all know from our own experience that seeing ten acts in one day isn't actually ten times more enjoyable than seeing just the one. There's little correlation between "more" and "better". And still many will be lining up to get to this show, because they are convinced this is an important, significant event. "Being there", and more importantly being able to tell people about it, can be considered a very valuable experience.

Not all the appeal for this event is rooted in hyperbole. If you really want to see any of these acts again, then it's best to do so sooner rather than later. Most of these guys have already exceeded their life expectancy. Next year may be too late. Just don't be conned into thinking this particular event is more important than it actually is.

And yes, promoters have known for a long time that one of the best ways to sell tickets is to use phrases like "overwhelming demand", or "sold out", even when there are more tickets waiting to be released. It creates the illusion of scarcity, which makes you more likely to pay a premium price. Textbook marketing.


At 5/10/2016 01:48:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Scotsman: Well put indeed........... I'll just wait for the Blu Ray and see it in Hi Def in my living room.

At 5/10/2016 08:01:00 PM, Blogger Old Neg said...

The private jets will be lining all of the nearby runways, eh EH?

At 5/10/2016 10:11:00 PM, Blogger Evan Spellman said...

I had my daughter helping me and gave up when the 2 tickets I wanted went up to $can 5200.
I lost it and went outside sat on the grass in the Prince Rupert bc sunshine.
My cell phone rings and my daughter says dad I got the tickets for $4066.what a frigging emotional Rollercoaster.
I'm 55 and never been to a concert since the Stampeders were in Vernon bc 40 years ago.
What you say is absolutely true and that's what happened if a person wanted tickets they had to go on the scalpers direct link from desert trip.
A total sham

At 5/10/2016 10:39:00 PM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Obviously this concert is a money grab for everyone from the promoters to the artists to the re-sellers to the local merchants, etc...

That being said, it is a "special" concert as well, and it's being presented in a fairly unique way. It's not often you get a weekend (or two) focused on individual shows of legendary acts playing their full sets. It's infinitely better than seeing any one of them in their typical environments, as just being a part of 70,000 "cross-pollenated" fans in and of itself is exciting. Throw in the possibility of "rock-formations" and the appeal is additionally magnified. And of course, much of the appeal is to be part of a larger community that shared the 60s zeitgeist or wished they were able to have originally shared in it.

Cynically, the concert is a cash grab where the commerce side of music surpasses the artistic side. Yes, the acts are past their primes and their performances will vary greatly in current quality and certainly in comparison to their "Woodstock" era idealized works.

Optimistically, it's a chance to rekindle some magic and for the fans to embrace and thank their heroes for a lifetime of inspiration and memories. Let's celebrate life and the living while we're all still able, and maybe, just maybe the celebration will be a two way street...

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At 5/10/2016 11:18:00 PM, Blogger Old Neg said...

There'd better be a rock formation in my pants for what they're charging. What do you think Mike D?!

I'd infinitely rather see Neil down by the Guadalupe River

At 5/11/2016 12:46:00 AM, Blogger TopangaDaze said...

Well Old Neg, I think that's up to you, but maybe:

Cinnamon Girl will be there and you'll hear her lonesome hippie smile. And she knows your weak spot, but she still gets you hot. So your senses tingle and take a chance, and you get blown away to somewhere safer where the feeling stays...

But who knows, maybe she already took your hand and you took her hand down by the Guadalupe river...

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At 5/12/2016 01:22:00 PM, Blogger Evan Spellman said...

Really well written and I fully concur-I missed the 60s but lived them too--in the little pulp mill town of Ocean Falls BC we had 1 TV channel and I watched the monkees TV show-Sgt pepper had just come out--my 2 girl cousins kept talking about The Beatles and I kept telling them the Monkees were where it was at-I was 3 years younger than them and of course they laughed at me.
I'm a die hard Neil Young-Beatles-Rolling Stones- Roger Waters - pink Floyd fan-actually seeing them play live once will be a life time event-step aside from the $$$ bs I'm just happy they all agreed to put these concerts on

At 5/13/2016 02:13:00 AM, Blogger w san jose CA said...

being neurotic I had to look up Ocean Falls BC. only 8 streets according to MapQuest. that is tiny but I bet beautiful.

At 5/18/2016 06:03:00 PM, Blogger Evan Spellman said...

Had 10000 people at one time and was run by the crown zellerbach company.nothing much left except the hydro dam and it still produces electricity.
That area has been in National geographic a few times.
It's part if the the so called Great Bear rain forest.


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