Rolling Stone is taking a stab at who would be a good fit should there be a second Desert Trip this October in Indio, California.
While the magazine says they are just speculating, they do say, "Here's a look at 13 acts that are probably at least under consideration, if not actually under contract at this very moment.
(A rep for Desert Trip said they had 'no info' about the status of Desert Trip II.)"
Here are a few:
1) Fleetwood Mac - Why They'll Play: "They've indicated that another tour kicking off late this year is in the works. What better way to start it if off than at Desert Trip II?"
Why They Won't Play: "Things are a little rocky in Fleetwood Mac world at the moment. Stevie Nicks says she doesn't want to record a new album, leaving Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie to create one as a duo..."
2) Eric Clapton - Why He'll Play: "Health problems kept him off the road through much of 2016, but he's playing a series of major gigs in New York, London and Los Angeles this year that he's saying could be his last... What better way to wrap up everything than in front of 80,000 diehards on the Coachella grounds?...
Why He Won't Play: "He might want to end his performing career at one of his own gigs, not as part of a broader festival where he isn't the focus."
3) Aerosmith - Why They'll Play: "They're going on a farewell tour this year they're calling Aero-Vederci Baby! As long as Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have breaths in their bodies, Aerosmith will probably continue, but that is a great way to sell tickets to a tour. It's also a nice excuse to get them a primo payday for Desert Trip II."
Why They Won't Play: "This will likely be a very, very long farewell tour and this year may focus exclusively on overseas markets. That may push off a Desert Trip appearance until 2018." (Premiere can report exclusively that Aerosmith is touring the U.S. in the fall.)
4) Elton John - Why He'll Play: "Presuming this is indeed a show centered around '70s acts, they don't come much bigger than Elton..."
Why He Won't Play: "The biggest reason we can see this possibly not happening is if he's got a conflict of some sort, but as of now October is totally clear on his schedule. Beyond that, the organizers might want to book an act that doesn't have a regular gig just a short drive away in Las Vegas. It may not quite feel unique and special enough."
5) Billy Joel - Why He'll Play: "He likes big, historic events like Last Play at Shea, so Desert Trip seems like something he'd dig."
Why He Won't Play: "The organizers can only fit so many acts on the bill. Maybe they scored some huge reunions and are gonna save Billy for another year. Also, they might want to book an Elton John–Billy Joel evening, but the artists' ongoing rift may make that difficult."
The inaugural Desert Trip featured Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young.
Source: Rolling Stone photo credit - iHM archive