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It’s Official: No DESERT TRIP Festival This Year

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Thursday, 11 May 2017
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According to Billboard, the Desert Trip music festival — which last year attracted a cross-country audience, much of it middle aged, of about 150,000 over two weekends — will not be making a return in 2017. "We're not doing Desert Trip this year," L.A.-based concert promoter and Coachella founder Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice told Billboard. "We loved 2016 Desert Trip — that was a special moment in time. Maybe someday in the future we'll do something similar." The lure of last year's Desert Trip — wich was held at the Empire Polo Club in Coachella Valley, Indio, California — was an A list of legacy acts, including Paul McCartney, THE ROLLING STONES and Bob Dylan. It was widely reported that LED ZEPPELIN turned down a whopping $14 million to play last year's two-weekend event, which also featured THE WHO, Roger Waters and Neil Young. A cryptic post on Robert Plant's web site led to uncorroborated fan speculation that ZEPPELIN could return for a Desert Trip performance later this year. LED ZEPPELIN's December 10, 2007 reunion at London's O2 Arena during the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert was chronicled on the band's 2012 "Celebration Day" CD and DVD. The set, which featured Jason Bonham subbing for his late father John Bonham on drums, marked Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones's first full-scale concert together since John Bonham's 1980 death.

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