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McCartney, Rolling Stones, Dylan booked for historic festival

By Lucky Malicay     Apr 16, 2016 in Entertainment
With Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and some of the most-iconic names in rock n’ roll, it could be one of the biggest music festivals ever staged.
Goldenvoice, the organizer of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, is launching a three-night event at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., from Oct. 7 to 9, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Aside from McCartney and his touring band, and the Stones, the cast will also include rock statesmen Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Who and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters.
According to the Times, Goldenvoice is finalizing negotiations with the performers and that no one from the company could speak publicly. The Los Angeles-based firm is the promoter of the Coachella festival, the world's most lucrative and best-attended music event.
Under the setup, the Stones and Dylan would serve as opening acts on Oct. 7, while McCartney and Young would take the stage the next day. Waters and the Who will headline the third day.
The event, to be staged at the Coachella festival venue, could also be the final show for The Who, whose members are reportedly retiring when their 50th anniversary world tour ends this year.
“It's so special in so many ways,” Elliot Roberts, Young's manager, told the Times. “You won't get a chance to see a bill like this, perhaps ever again. It's a show I look forward to more than any show in a long time.”
For Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of concert trade publication Pollstar, the October event, if it pushes through, will be a historic one.
“If you just look at it at face value, a bill like this doesn't exist anywhere else on the concert landscape. Bongiovanni told the Times. “There are a lot of festivals, but nothing quite like what's being planned there. I expect it will resonate nationally — and internationally.”
Tens of thousands are now gathering in the Southern California desert for the annual Coachella festival (April 15 to 17 and 22 to 24) with hard rockers Guns N’ Roses - featuring original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan - serving as headliners.
The band, whose Appetite for Destruction record remains the top-selling debut album in history, is reportedly earning at least $14 million for two Saturday appearances at the festival, which is not part of its ongoing 21-date reunion tour.
Last year, the festival featured the legendary Australian rockers AC/DC, Jack White and 1970s band Steely Dan.
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