Live review: Bob Dylan / The Rolling Stones – Desert Trip festival – Indio, CA (7th October 2016)

night-1The first night of the highly anticipated Desert Trip music festival kicked off in spectacular fashion with sets from the inimitable Bob Dylan and the fired up Rolling Stones.

First up was Bob Dylan himself. Cutting an old frame, he put on as varied and entertaining show as he ever did. While he has been criticized in recent years for performing covers, jazz hits and other unexpected obscurities at his shows, he pulled out all stops to give the crowd what they wanted to hear.

While he barely spoke a word to the audience between songs, Mr Dylan let his powerful, meaningful songs speak for themselves. And why not – as one of the worlds most prominent songwriters, he can boast to have inspired many of the festival’s acts.

Next, enter The Rolling Stones. The ever-lean, ever-dancing Mick Jagger put on a rockingly flamboyant performance, backed up by band mates Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts. As an aside, it’s always great to see them all together: It usually looks like Mick, Keith and Ronnie have all fallen out of a nightclub at 5 in the morning while Charlie looks like he had a wonderful pottery class and got a good nights sleep. A strange but a brilliant bunch!

They got the audience rocking from the predictable yet amazing opening number Start Me Up, all the way through their masterful set of classics, culminating with a choral enhanced You Can’t Always Get What You Want and the showstopping (literally) closer (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

An interesting addition to The Rolling Stones’ setlist was the inclusion of Beatles hit Come Together, which nicely set the stage for one of the second night’s big acts: Sir Paul McCartney.

Between Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, music fans left the first night of the festival feeling like they had witnessed something special, and all were quick to say that the bar has been set very high for the rest of the festival’s acts.

The Desert Trip festival will continue on Saturday night with performances from Neil Young and Paul McCartney, and then Sunday night will feature Roger Waters and The Who.

Bob Dylan setlist

Rainy Day Woman #12 and 35
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Highway 61 Revisited
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Simple Twist of Fate
Early Roman Kings
Love Sick
Tangled Up in Blue
Lonesome Day Blues
Make You Feel My Love
Pay In Blood
Desolation Row
Soon After Midnight
Ballad of a Thin Man
Masters of War

The Rolling Stones setlist

Start Me Up
You Got Me Rocking
Out Of Control
Ride ‘Em On Down
Mixed Emotions
Wild Horses
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
Come Together
Tumbling Dice
Honky Tonk Woman
Slipping Away
Little T&A
Midnight Rambler
Miss You
Gimme Shelter
Sympathy for the Devil
Brown Sugar
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

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One thought on “Live review: Bob Dylan / The Rolling Stones – Desert Trip festival – Indio, CA (7th October 2016)

  1. […] Another surprise followed later in the set as he launched into The Rolling Stones’ I Wanna Be Your Man, a form of repayment for their performance of Beatles hit Come Together the previous night (review here). […]

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