Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who, Roger Waters, and Neil Young will all be performing on the same billing for the first time ever as part of a three-day event that will take place in Indio, California. Are you stoked?
According to the Los Angeles Times, the event is being put on by Coachella organizers — earning it the nickname "Oldchella" — and will open with The Rolling Stones and Dylan on October 7th, followed by Young and McCartney on the 8th, wrapping up with The Who and Waters on the 9th. Everyone but Young has released a short teaser video about the event, which seems about right because Neil Young does things on his own terms, I would bet.
Though my taste in music is very "old white guy," I just can't seem to get super pumped about this. For one, I don't see why this really needs to be a three day event. Though each act will be doing a full set, two per day seems a little light. Obviously I would go if I had the chance — because seeing all six of these classic rock icons over one weekend would no doubt be an experience — but I feel like there would be an element of sadness to it.
I've seen The Rolling Stones twice, first for my tenth birthday and then again a decade later during the Bigger Bang tour. I thoroughly enjoyed both shows, but I was painfully aware that I wasn't seeing the band at their peak, and I never would (because I don't have a time machine). Similarly, seeing Bob Dylan back in 2010 was one of the most disappointing concert experiences of my life. Dylan didn't seemed particularly thrilled to be there , and just kind of talked through his lyrics while his (very enthusiastic) backing band jammed out.
"Oldchella" is basically just a big reminder that, though I could see and have seen some of these living legends, I'll never seen them at their most legendary. This, coupled with the fact that all of my favorite artists seem to be dying, got me thinking about my dream concert list, the "I wish I had gone to that" shows, and the lineups I'll never be able to see unless we figure out a way to bend space and time.
The Rolling Stones American Tour 1969
This is a pretty obvious choice for me. My favorite Stones era is the Mick Taylor period and this was his first tour with the band. This also happens to be what I consider the band's most physically attractive period, and it was during this tour that they all seemed to perfect their stage personas and performance.
David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust Tour
Belle & Sebastian with Isobel Campbell and Stuart David
I've seen Belle & Sebastian four times, and each time was completely amazing, but it's kind of a bummer to know that I'll never here "Space Boy Dream" or "Is It Wicked Not to Care?" in a live setting.
I think I would skip the above performance however, as it features Isobel Campbell playing tambourine and singing harmonies on a breakup song that is about her. It's brutal to watch, especially when Campbell seems to just give up and sit down at the end.
Any Levon Helm Performance
One of my biggest regrets in life is not seeing Levon Helm when he came to Ruth Eckard Hall when I was in college. Though I desperately wanted to go, and was even willing to pay the fairly high ticket price, I had a physical chemistry exam the next day, and I was failing physical chemistry. "I'll catch him next time," I thought. He died two years later, and I cried in my car while listening to "Growing Trade" on public radio.
The Pixies with Kim Deal
Kim Deal has always been my favorite part of The Pixies, and there would be something hollow in seeing them without her. To be fair, Black Francis did throw a guitar at her head once, so I don't blame her for not wanting to tour with him. I did get to see her perform with The Breeders a couple of years ago, and that was beyond amazing.
I could honestly go on like this forever, depressing myself with all the excellent shows I'll never see, but now I want to hear from you. If you could go to any concert in the history of music, which one would your choose? Also, what are your thoughts on "Oldchella?" Do you think it would be really awesome, really depressing, or a little bit of both?