October 13, 2016 – 4:12 pm

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Desert Trip 2016 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Coachella Fairgrounds, Indio, CA; October 8, 2016. Very good audience recording.

Jesse Lawrence, (May 17, 2016):

Desert Trip is on its way to becoming the most expensive music festival of the summer - by a long shot. Last week, Coachella festival organizers announced a mega-festival featuring performances from the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters to be held over two weekends on October 9-11 and October 16-18 in Indio, California.

“Oldchella” fans (and brokers) went rabid for tickets, forcing primary tickets to sell out in just three hours, with hundreds of passes hitting the secondary market shortly after. Estimates predict that Desert Trip will gross over US$150 million over the two weekends, with the headlining acts taking home an estimate of $6 to $9 million for their appearance on stage.

Desert Trip’s expected gross is so high because tickets are pricier than any festival this summer. At the time tickets went on sale, general admission prices for Desert Trip were set at $199 for a single day pass, while a three-day pass began $399. A three-day pass with admission to the standing pit in front of the stage (floor seats) was priced at $1,599. To compare, the next-priciest festival, Coachella, broke the record for highest gross of any festival in 2015 when it raked in a whopping $84 million from a total of 198,000 tickets sold, and resale 3-day passes averaged just $871. If the gross estimates for Desert Trip prove to be accurate, the festival is already on track to rake in more than $60 million than the next-priciest festival. It’s unlikely - if not impossible - that any festival this summer will come close to that number.

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Thanks to Scooter123 for sharing the show at Dime.

Scooter123 noted:

With an average age of 70, the performances were sometimes uneven, but Neil Young was a stand out. What was odd was the fact that Neil Young’s stage set up was conceptual on an epic scale with six large Native American tepees placed the full length of the stage, and a burlap-colored backdrop labeled with the words “Seeds of Life,” “Organic” and “Indio, CA.” His set began with a flash of an old Indian chief TV test pattern on the big screens as two women in overalls walked the stage throwing seeds to the floor. The central event in Young’s set was an explosive “Down by the River,” clocking in at [about] 22 minutes.

The true thanks go not to me, but to the taping community behind whose footsteps I have followed, including those who have perfected the art of stealth recordings, the makers of the stealthy mikes, cords, adapters, and preamps, and those who have graciously shared their recording techniques. I am merely a mike stand with a credit card and driver’s license.

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Front cover picture by Andy Kellen, posted at - Thanks!

Mikes: Schoeps mk4 > Actives > NBox Platinum
Recorder: Sony M-10
Transfer: Goldwave (Volume Boost, Compression > Dither to 16b) > Media Monkey [Flac Transfer L8]
Location: Left Center

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Disc 1
Track 101. After the Goldrush 4:13 (10.1MB)
Track 102. Heart of Gold 3:37 (8.7MB)
Track 103. Comes a Time 8:16 (19.9MB)
Track 104. On The Weekend 4:58 (11.9MB)
Track 105. Human Highway 4:26 (10.7MB)
Track 106. Neighborhood 3:33 (8.5MB)
Track 107. Show Me 4:24 (10.6MB)
Track 108. banter 0:51 (2.1MB)
Track 109. Harvest Moon 5:18 (12.7MB)
Track 110. banter 0:59 (2.3MB)
Track 111. Words 8:02 (19.3MB)
Track 112. Walk On 3:39 (8.8MB)
53 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. banter 1:18 (3.1MB)
Track 202. Texas Rangers 2:46 (6.6MB)
Track 203. Powderfinger 7:38 (18.3MB)
Track 204. Down By the River 21:46 (52.2MB)
Track 205. Seed Justice 3:39 (8.8MB)
Track 206. Peace Trail 5:37 (13.5MB)
Track 207. banter 2:04 (5.0MB)
Track 208. Welfare Mothers 3:33 (8.5MB)
Track 209. Rockin In The Free World 8:32 (20.5MB)
57 mins

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  1. 8 Responses to “MONEY NOT ENOUGH: NEIL YOUNG - DESERT TRIP 2016”

  2. 1.I love Neil and his music and I will always love it; 2. What I don´t like is, that he participate in stuff like that - when I read the article about the ticket prices, it makes me sick (especially with the history of Neil and “big concerns”…). Since a few years I only attend shows which costs no more than 30 Euros (about 40 US-Dollar). And you can see and discover great stuff with that “low-budget”-policy. Next concerts which I attend here in Germany is Angel Olsen, Swans and Messer (excellent german post-punk band). I always ask myself, does Neil, the Stones etc. don´t have enough money…? O.k., sorry about starting that discussion, what I´m trying to say is: I rather spend my money for small clubs and independent artists than spending it for the big concerns - means also: support your local business

    By Michael Hess on Oct 13, 2016

  3. Wow! great show Ol’ Neil and POTR on fire, great to hear Wellfare Mothers.
    Thanks Big O

    By Andrew on Oct 13, 2016

  4. Fantastic recording Scooter! Thanks O!!

    By oneL on Oct 14, 2016

  5. I like Neil Young until he starts his hypocritical rants against ‘capitalism” while enjoying the benefits of living in a market economy.

    By Jack on Oct 18, 2016

  6. it seems that lately neils been in making money, when he played here in barcelona the tickets where 280€, so a lot of people mysle included coudlnt oe wouldnt pay that price

    By leigh palfrey on Oct 19, 2016

  7. Thanks guys - sounds great

    By (the real) Tony on Oct 25, 2016

  8. Outstanding sounds for an audience recording. Unfortunately marred by an unbelievable amount of chattering during the quiet songs.

    By Jania on Oct 29, 2016

  9. We were at Desert Trip for the second weekend. We saw the Stones, Dylan, Neil Young, Macca, The Who & Roger Waters. All these bands were in top form because they came to Desert Trip at the end of long tours. The musicianship was exquisite and the sound system at the stage was also magnificently clear - way beyond anything I’ve ever heard at an open air concert. As I said - all the acts were great, but one act rose above all the others - Neil Young and Promise of the Real did what Jim Morrison sang about long ago - they “set the night on fire.” Highlighted by a 20 min. improv jam on “Cowgirl In The Sand.” I have never heard of anything like it in the many concerts I’ve attended - and my first concert was - The Beach Boys - in 1965. It defies description. The other bands did sets that were highly polished and well performed but there was virtually no improv. Neil and his band reached down into their souls that night. The admission price was ridiculous - but in the end - it was worth every dollar and more. These things only happen once in a lifetime. How much would we pay to ride a time machine back to Woodstock ??? There it is. Long Live Rock !!!!

    By conelrad on Jan 15, 2017

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