Paul McCartney

Desert Trip: Giants of the Boomer generation speak to Gramps and the grandkids

Desert Trip: Giants of the Boomer generation speak to Gramps and the grandkids

When Rihanna joined Paul McCartney in a surprise appearance to sing “FourFiveSeconds” at Desert Trip on Saturday night, half the audience cheered in immediate recognition. Others had to be told by their kids or grandkids seated next to them who the mystery lady was.

Earlier in the evening when Neil Young performed, younger crowd members held up cellphones to take videos. “I’m sending this to my aunt,” said Sarah Delaney, 26. “I only know some of his songs, and she really loves him, but I think he’s really good.”

Desert Trip is perhaps the first rock festival to successfully appeal to four generations of music fans: Boomers, Gen...

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