The Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters (co-founder of Pink Floyd) and Neil Young are in final talks to do a mega-concert festival scheduled to take place in Indio, Calif., on Oct. 7, Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, 2016, according to the Los Angeles Times. Goldenvoice, whose parent company is AEG Live, is the concert promoter for this historic event. Ticket information, the title of the festival and other details are to be announced.
The closest that these legendary artists came to performing at the same event was at the worldwide charity event Live Aid on July 13, 1985. The Who, McCartney, Dylan, Young and Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood all performed at Live Aid, which was a single-day, multi-concert event that took place in several cities around the world, most notably in Philadelphia and London. The Rolling Stones were in turmoil at the time (Jagger and Richards were feuding with each other), so the Rolling Stones never performed as a band at Live Aid. At Live Aid in Philadelphia, Jagger did a solo set with guests Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin, while Richards and Wood joined Dylan on stage for Dylan’s performance. At Live Aid, The Who and McCartney performed in London, while Young performed in Philadelphia. Waters didn’t perform at Live Aid, but he famously reunited with Pink Floyd for the Live 8 concert event in 2005.
The proposed October 2016 mega-concert festival with all of these titans of classic rock will truly be one of a kind, since the artists are expected to perform full sets, unlike at Live Aid, where most of the performers only did three or four songs each.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the tentative schedule for October 2016 festival in Indio would have Dylan and the Rolling Stones performing on Oct. 7; Young and McCartney on Oct. 8; and The Who and Waters on Oct. 9.
Because each of the artists is expected to be paid millions for this event, ticket prices are also expected to be among the highest that the concert industry has ever seen. It has not been announced yet if people will have the option to purchase single-day tickets, but the prices will be high no matter what.
The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012, and have been steadily touring since then. The band performed concerts in North America and England in 2013; in Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 2014; and North America in 2015. In March 2016, Rolling Stones wrapped up a tour of Latin America. In 2016, the Rolling Stones are also working on a new studio album whose title and release date are to be announced. The most recent studio album of new Rolling Stones songs was 2005’s A Bigger Bang.