Neil Young performed for almost two hours to open the second night of the Desert Trip music festival, matching the energy of band members half his age. Trump's face appeared on the massive video screen above the stage with the word "Charade" across it as Waters performed the Pink Floyd song "Pigs (Three Different Ones)".
Also included in his set: "A Hard Day's Night", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Eleanor Rigby", "Helter Skelter", "Band on the Run", "Let it Be" and "Back in the U.S.S.R". You should be so lucky as to have an excuse to devote your senses to Young and McCartney roaring through "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" together, a rare happenstance made historic when you realize that McCartney dusted this one off and brought it to the stage for the first time, well, ever.
Frontman Roger Daltrey swung his microphone around before the band opened with "Can't Explain", followed by "The Seeker".
Finally, it was Pink Floyd's Roger Waters wrapping up the first weekend with a 27-song set that relied on numerous classic Floyd tunes. "I can not believe I still have to protest this (expletive)", another said.
"We love you for coming to see us", he said, dedicating "The Kids Are Alright" to "the young ones" in the audience. During Waters' show, "there was a truck-sized inflatable pig floating above the crowd during the song "Pigs", with a map of the USA painted on one side with the words: "Together we stand, divided we fall". "We were 1967's version of Adele or Lady Gaga or Rihanna or Bieber".
But unlike Coachella, Desert Trip is targeting the more affluent baby boomers who grew up with the festival's featured rockers. "And I couldn't do it without Roger".
The first weekend of the star-studded classic-rock festival Desert Trip got started Friday night with performances by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. Albrecht said he'd happily attend again if it's offered, and he doesn't mind the mocking nickname: "We embrace it".
Woodstock was a muddy mess, Albrecht said, and once you got in, you couldn't get out.
Before closing with "Vera" and "Comfortably Numb", Waters told the audience, "It's been a huge honor and a huge pleasure to be here to play for you tonight". The festival repeats next weekend.
A banner on an Indian teepee set up on stage read "Water Is Life" - a pertinent message for a festival taking place in a parched but populous desert - and Young played before a backdrop of an oversized bag of seeds labeled as local and organic.