The first weekend of Desert Trip — the luxury music fest on the Coachella grounds boasting Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who — is now in the history books. A few highlights: Young jammed with Macca on “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road,” Waters eviscerated Donald Trump with a series of brutal images, and the Stones just plain ruled.
But the stage wasn’t the only place you could see A-list talent at Desert Trip. From the front-row pit to the comfy grandstand seating, Hollywood stars of a certain age were everywhere. Sean Penn was walking among the crowd on Sunday night in a Roger Waters t-shirt just before the former Pink Floyd frontman went on stage; Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted soaking in the Stones on Friday. Christian Bale was another Oscar-winning classic rock fan who showed up for Desert Trip.
As for celebrity couples, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell were there together, as were Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and their kids. Eighties heartthrobs Rob Lowe and Cindy Crawford showed up for the dream lineup, as did James Spader, Bill Walton, Don Was and No Doubt’s Tony Kanal. Even Bravolebrity Tom Sandoval, of the hit series Vanderpump Rules, was present, representing the significantly younger (and less famous) variety of celebrity at Desert Trip.
In the industry department, Danny Zelisko, Lee Anderson, Dan Berkowitz, Shelley Lazar and Randy Phillips were present, as well as AEG’s Paul Tollett, Skip Paige, John Meglen, Paul Gongaware, Larry Vallon, Jay Marciano, Gary Gersh and Brian Murphy.
When Desert Trip returns for weekend two on Oct. 14-16, it’ll be interesting to see if this many — or even more — of Hollywood’s elite show up.