At this very moment, the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival is taking place in the Southern California desert, treating millenniels and last-millenniels to all the LCD Soundsystem shows, surprise Kanye West appearances, and Guns N’ Roses nostalgia they could possibly want. But what of the stalwart souls who helped their kids pay for those pricey tickets? The heroes who loaded their salvia-addled college students into their station wagons and drove them to the shows, or sent them to the airport with dire warnings about dehydration and snakes? What, we ask you, about the dads?
Goldenvoice, the company that organizes Coachella (and a number of other musical festivals, including FYF Fest and the Hangout Music Fest) has an answer: it’s currently putting together the greatest dad concert in the history of classic rock. According to The L.A. Times, the company has lined up 1968’s most star-packed bill, bringing together Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young, and Roger Waters for a three night classic rock bacchanal.
In accordance with the fatherly principle of packing every single object you might conceivably need, all six acts will be bringing their full touring shows, and not the stripped-down versions most festival performers make do with. The concert/festival—which still needs a name, because “Don’t Leave The Lights On When You Leave The Room, We’re Not Made Of Money, The Concert” is a little bit wordy and long—will open in Indio, California on October 7, with Dylan and the Stones. McCartney and The Who will take the stage the following night, while Young and Waters will finish things up on the 9th. There’s no word yet on what ticketing will be like, but given how expensive it is to see most of these guys when they haven’t been bundled together into a living soundtrack of the 1960s, it might be time to start saving for Father’s Day a little bit early this year.