Category: desert trip

“Live and Let Die”: Paul McCartney at Desert T…

“Live and Let Die”: Paul McCartney at Desert Trip, his killer band, plus lasers, pyro, some of the biggest video screens you’ve ever seen, and fireworks out the wazoo make the case for Macca as one of the most epic acts on the road today. 

(Edit: that headline is from 2016, when Desert Trip took place, and it’s still true.)

All the more amazing because this is about three hours into a show IN THE DESERT, around midnight, with a hot wind blowing sand everywhere. I could barely breathe, and here’s this guy jamming like a kid a third his age. 

Remarkably, this was hardly the finale of the show. Paul followed this with “Hey Jude” to end the main set, followed by an encore of “Birthday”, “Helter Skelter”, and the Abbey Road medley of “Golden Slumbers – Carry That Weight – The End”. The whole night was absolutely stunning, and my hand-held camera work (Nikon P900 DSLR) from over a quarter mile away barely does it justice. 

At the end, Paul covers his ears and laments, “Too loud!” He’s kidding! Crank it up! You’ll be glad you did.

(Lots more pics from this show, and other related, and non-related, stuff at my Instagram.) 

(This was Weekend 2, btw, and he’d been up late the night before dancing in the crowd to The Rolling Stones, and played just a few days earlier at a show in a remote mountain bar that I wrote about here. He’s a force of nature!)

soundsof71: The Who’s Roger Daltrey at Desert …

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey at Desert Trip, Weekend 2, October 16, 2016. @silveraspens was there, too – who else?

(I was sitting about a quarter mile away when I took these, but I was at 2000mm on my Nikon P900.)

One thing that struck me is that even though Roger was singing while a blazing hot desert wind was blowing sand down his throat (I had to wear a bandana, and I was just in the audience!), he sounded AMAZING. He didn’t like how he was singing earlier in the decade, so he took voice lessons, started working out again, and is sounding fantastic. 

There’s other old guys on the road who are putting on spectacular shows – don’t miss McCartney and Jagger if you get the chance to see them this year – but there’s only one guy in HIS 70s still bellowing like he did in THE 70s, and that’s our boy Daltrey.

Keith Richards at Desert Trip, Weekend 2, Octo…

Keith Richards at Desert Trip, Weekend 2, October 14 2016, by Tim Wilson @soundsof71

(I was over a quarter mile away, but using a Nikon P900 with the equivalent of a 2000mm lens.)

Live and Let Die: Paul McCartney, his killer b…

Live and Let Die: Paul McCartney, his killer band, plus lasers, pyro, some of the biggest video screens you’ve ever seen, and fireworks out the wazoo make the case for Macca as one of the most epic acts on the road today. And he still sounds amazing! 

All the more amazing because this is about three hours into a show IN THE DESERT, around midnight, with a hot wind blowing sand everywhere. I could barely breathe, and here’s this guy jamming like a kid a third his age. 

Remarkably, this was hardly the finale of the show. Paul followed this with “Hey Jude” to end the main set, followed by an encore of “Birthday”, “Helter Skelter”, and the Abbey Road medley of “Golden Slumbers – Carry That Weight – The End”. The whole night was absolutely stunning, and my hand-held camera work (Nikon P900 DSLR) from over a quarter mile away barely does it justice. 

At the end, Paul covers his ears and laments, “Too loud!” He’s kidding! Crank it up! You’ll be glad you did.

(Lots more pics from this show, and other related, and non-related, stuff at my Instagram.) 

(This was Weekend 2, btw, and he’d been up late the night before dancing in the crowd to The Rolling Stones, and played just a few days earlier at a show in a remote mountain bar that I wrote about here. He’s a force of nature!)

Paul McCartney and Neil Young at Desert Trip W…

Paul McCartney and Neil Young at Desert Trip Weekend 2, October 15, 2016, duetting on “A Day In The Life” and “Give Peace A Chance”. My photos, originally posted at my Instagram. I was easily a quarter-mile away from stage, but taking advantage of a new zoom lens I bought for the occasion, at about 2000mm (and clearly hadn’t yet mastered focusing LOL).

Hey, and ping me if you’re Insta! Happy to follow you there too!

The Who’s Roger Daltrey at Desert Trip, Weeken…

The Who’s Roger Daltrey at Desert Trip, Weekend 2, October 16, 2016. @silveraspens was there, too – who else?

(I was sitting about a quarter mile away when I took these, but I was at 2000mm on my Nikon P900.)

Live and Let Die: Paul McCartney, his killer b…

Live and Let Die: Paul McCartney, his killer band, plus lasers, pyro, some of the biggest video screens you’ve ever seen, and fireworks out the wazoo make the case for Macca as one of the most epic acts on the road today. And he still sounds amazing! 

All the more amazing because this is about three hours into a show IN THE DESERT, around midnight, with a hot wind blowing sand everywhere. I could barely breathe, and here’s this guy jamming like a kid a third his age. 

Remarkably, this was hardly the finale of the show. Paul followed this with “Hey Jude” to end the main set, followed by an encore of “Birthday”, “Helter Skelter”, and the Abbey Road medley of “Golden Slumbers – Carry That Weight – The End”. The whole night was absolutely stunning, and my hand-held camera work (Nikon P900 DSLR) from over a quarter mile away barely does it justice. 

At the end, Paul covers his ears and laments, “Too loud!” He’s kidding! Crank it up! You’ll be glad you did.

(Lots more pics from this show, and other related, and non-related, stuff at my Instagram.) 

#Macca and #Rihanna #deserttrip Weekend 2, #ni…

#Macca and #Rihanna #deserttrip Weekend 2, #nikonp900 2000mm handheld full auto #nofilter BECAUSE IT’S #RIHANNA #classicrock #concertphotography #oldchella #nikon #nikonphotography (at Desert Trip 2016)

…uhm, my attempt to share a photo I took at Desert Trip and had posted at Instagram, trying to check out how IG sharing to Tumblr works. Verdict: not especially well, but still happy to share this pic of Paul McCartney and Rihanna. Ping me if you want to also be mutuals on Insta, too….

Keith Richards at Desert Trip, Weekend 2, Octo…

Keith Richards at Desert Trip, Weekend 2, October 14 2016, by Tim Wilson @soundsof71

Roger Waters at Desert Trip 2016, Weekend 2 (October 16), by Tim…

Roger Waters at Desert Trip 2016, Weekend 2 (October 16), by Tim Wilson @soundsof71. Please reblog with credit!

This was actually one of the most emotional shows I’ve ever seen. People were weeping as the lights came up, strangers falling into each other’s arms.