Watch The Rolling Stones Cover The Beatles, Bob Dylan Play His Hits At Desert Trip Opening Night
The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan played the first night of the classic rock Desert Trip festival, aka “Oldchella,” in Indio, California last night. “Tonight we’re not going to do any age jokes or anything, OK? Welcome to the Palm Springs retirement home for genteel English musicians,” Mick Jagger joked at the beginning of the Stones’ performance. During their set, they dusted off a cover of the blues standard “Ride ‘Em On Down,” which they hadn’t performed live since 1962 and which will appear on the band’s upcoming blues covers album Blue & Lonesome, and offered a bluesy take on the Beatles’ “Come Together.” “This may be strange for you,” Jagger said before they launched into the John Lennon-penned hit. “We’re gonna do a cover song of a sort of unknown beat group that you might remember. We’re gonna try a cover of one of their tunes.” They also played “Mixed Emotions” for the first time in decades, save a run-through in Vegas a few nights ago at a corporate gig for truckers.
Earlier in the evening, Bob Dylan delivered a rare hits-parade of a set that still managed to be extremely, well, Dylan-esque. While his last few tours have focused more on his Frank Sinatra covers, he opened his eccentric Desert Trip performance with “Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35″ and “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right” before proceeding to run through many of his most beloved songs, including “Highway 61 Revisited,” “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” and “Tangled Up In Blue.” But, as The Press Enterprise reports, he did all of this without speaking a word to the audience or playing any guitar, singing from behind the piano, and the massive video screens hanging over the stage didn’t show the band or Dylan himself at all after their sixth song.
Watch footage from both sets below.
Bob Dylan setlist
“Rainy Day Women #12 & 35″
“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”
“Highway 61 Revisited”
“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”
“High Water (For Charley Patton)”
“Simple Twist Of Fate”
“Early Roman Kings”
“Tangled Up In Blue”
“Lonesome Day Blues”
“Make You Feel My Love”
“Pay In Blood”
“Soon After Midnight”
“Ballad Of A Thin Man”
“Masters Of War”
Rolling Stones setlist
“Start Me Up”
“You Got Me Rocking”
“Out Of Control
“Ride ‘Em On Down” (Jimmy Reed cover)
“It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)”
“Come Together” (Beatles Cover)
“Honky Tonk Women”
“Sympathy For The Devil”
“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”?
?”You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
Paul McCartney and Neil Young are performing at Desert Trip on Saturday, and the Who and Roger Waters are playing Sunday.