Despite appeal to similar crowd, Desert Trip is nothing like Woodstock

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INDIO, CALIF. >> The Desert Trip festival may appeal to the Woodstock crowd, and the Who and Neil Young were on both bills, but the events couldn't be more different.

Lance Albrecht, 65, remembers being at Woodstock as a teenager in 1969 and says he's a lot more comfortable at Desert Trip.

"You can't compare them," he said. "It's not even close."

The three-day Desert Trip concert features a legendary lineup of classic rock acts. Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones played Friday. Young and Paul McCartney performed Saturday. The Who and Roger Waters closed the festival Sunday night. The festival repeats next weekend.

Woodstock was a muddy mess, Albrecht said, and once you got in, you couldn't get out.

"It was thrown together," he said. "There wasn't any food or anything."

Desert Trip, on the other hand, boasts gourmet dining, air-conditioned bathrooms and a museum-style photo exhibit of the rock icons performing at the show. It's aimed at an older and more moneyed crowd than most music festivals, earning it the nickname "Oldchella." Albrecht said he'd happily attend again if it's offered, and he doesn't mind the mocking nickname: "We embrace it."

Gary Schultz and Ross Pringle came from Alberta, Canada, to attend Desert Trip. They bought tickets as soon as they went on sale because they had never seen any of the bands live before.

"The Stones were even better than I thought they'd be," said Pringle, 59.

They said they have had no problems getting in and around the festival and would return if they liked the lineup.


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