Bob Dylan Kicks Off Inaugural Desert Trip Festival
Music| | By Sara Wilkins
Bob Dylan made history on Friday night when he became the first act to perform at the inaugural Desert Trip festival in California.
The folk rocker performed for one hour 25 minutes, playing fan favorites like “Highwater (For Charley Patton),” “Early Roman Kings,” “Make You Feel My Love,” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” – but for many of the 65,000 in Indio, he was just a pinprick on a distant stage.
As expected, Dylan made no mention of the historic nature of his show and never once addressed the audience.
He returned for a one-song encore before making way for Friday night’s Desert Trip co-headliners the Rolling Stones.
The first night of the Desert Trip began with traffic chaos for many fans, who were still filing into the site as Dylan hit the stage, and most couldn’t actually see their hero as large-screen videos of the music icon were replaced by a loop of black and white stock footage of old movies and documentaries.
Dubbed ‘Oldchella,’ the average age of the performers at the first year of the event is 72. The festival is expected to draw in 75,000 on Saturday and Sunday when Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who hit the stage.
Some ticket brokers were left out of pocket as high-priced resale passes for Desert Trip failed to sell, prompting many to offer up their wares for less than face value.