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There Will Be No Desert Trip in 2017

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A little more than a week after new rumors surfaced about the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reuniting for this year’s Desert Trip comes news that effectively ends that discussion. The festival will apparently not have a second installment in 2017.

Billboard has the exclusive, quoting Paul Tollett of promoter Golden Voice as saying, “We’re not doing Desert Trip this year. We loved 2016 Desert Trip — that was a special moment in time. Maybe someday in the future we’ll do something similar.”

Last year’s event saw the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who each playing twice over two weekends in October at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., the same location as the annual Coachella Valley Music + Arts Festival. Even with the cheapest ticket going for $199, it sold out — 75,000 tickets per weekend — in three hours, and grossed approximately $160 million. Still, after seeing the receipts, Tollett was not willing to commit to bringing it back for 2017.

“That is a unique, one-off thing,” he said. “It’s not really a festival — it’s a concert, two bands a day. I just thought those six bands should play together. It’s never been done.”

However, classic rock fans will still be able to get a similar festival experience this summer. Classic West and Classic East will bring together the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Journey, the Doobie Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium (July 15-16) and New York’s Citi Field (July 29-30).

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