A report from Billboard yesterday puts to rest speculation of what a 2017 lineup might look like for Desert Trip, the epic classic rock festival that brought The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Bob Dylan, The Who and Neil Young to one stage over two weekends in 2016.
Festival promoter Paul Tollet, who also founded the annual Coachella festival, told Billboard, “We’re not doing Desert Trip this year. We loved 2016 Desert Trip — that was a special moment in time. Maybe someday in the future we’ll do something similar.”
This is particularly disappointing news for Led Zeppelin fans who suspected Indio, California’s Empire Polo Club might be the place where John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant finally reunite.
Filling the festival void (at least partially) are the inaugural Classic West and Classic East festivals, set to take place in July in Los Angeles and New York City respectively. The bi-coastal festival will feature Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Journey, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and Earth Wind and Fire.