Neil Young Slams Trump With a Pink Floyd Joke at Desert Trip

Desert Trip, which could be the most profitable festival in history, will also star Roger Waters, The Who, and Neil Young.

Ticket sales for the so-called Desert Trip festival went on sale with talk of seeing, in the words of The Who's Roger Daltrey, "the greatest remains of an era" for one final time.

The band's nonstop set included "Harvest Moon", "Powderfinger", and "Welfare Mothers", which Young joked was "Donald Trump's new campaign song".

The former Beatle's two-and-half-hour set stretched into Sunday morning (09Oct16) after a delayed start but it was a magical night, which began with a stunning two-hour set from Neil Young.

After the first night of Desert Trip went by without anything out of the ordinary to report, night two brought on the rarely-seen combination of Neil Young and Paul McCartney. For his encore, he referenced the Rolling Stones' cover of "Come Together" from the previous night and "returned the favor" by playing "I Wanna Be Your Man", the Lennon-McCartney song the Stones recorded and released as a single in 1963, for the first time in over 20 years.

Albrecht said he'd happily attend again if it's offered, and he doesn't mind the mocking nickname. At Desert Trip on Saturday that equation penciled out nicely between McCartney and his fans, very nice indeed. Their version of "A Day in the Life" ended with John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance", as the audience sang along.

Of the Wings material "Band On The Run" and "Live and Let Die" were two standouts, both structured with multiple movements inside the boundaries of a pop song, the latter arriving here as it usually does, at least in outdoor venues, with tons of fireworks to punctuate its dramatic arrangement.

McCartney and Young earned rave reviews from concertgoers.

"They act like, 'We're older".

"Woodstock was a muddy mess", he said, "and once you got in, you couldn't get out". "We deserve this", she said.

Finally, they performed "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" complete with a killer solo by Young. "All their parents are out of town here".

The Rolling Stones headlined the opening night of the Desert Trip mega festival in Indio, CA this past Friday, October 7 and video from the show has surfaced.

The festival repeats next weekend.

  • Salvatore Jensen