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The Latest: Bob Dylan opens Desert Trip with 80-minute set

The Associated Press

INDIO, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, California, which features six legendary acts over three days: the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. It will be the first time ever they've all performed at the same event (all times local).

9 p.m.

Bob Dylan opened the Desert Trip music festival with an 80-minute set.

The 75-year-old singer-songwriter spent most of his time behind the piano backed by a five-piece band. He wore a black tuxedo jacket and trousers with a white hat and white shoes. At various points during the performance, he pulled a harmonica from his pocket and played.

Dylan played tracks from throughout his catalog, including "Highway 61 Revisited," ''Tangled Up in Blue" and "Ballad of a Thin Man."

His voice was full of tenderness as he sang "Make You Feel My Love."

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7:30 p.m.

Bob Dylan has taken the stage to officially open the Desert Trip music festival in Indio, California.

After a video montage of the rocker in his younger days, he sat at the piano to play "Everybody Must Get Stoned."

The Desert Trip music festival features six legendary acts over three days: the Rolling Stones, Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. It will be the first time ever they've all performed at the same event.

The concert is being staged at the same Southern California desert venue where the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held each spring.

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5:25 p.m.

Middle-aged, white-haired rockers heading to the Desert Trip music festival for the concert of a lifetime were welcomed with 95-degree heat.

The Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, opened Friday afternoon for the three-day concert.

Concertgoers toted beach chairs and backpacks to the dusty, grassy area dotted with merchandise tents and food stalls. During the heat of the day, most attendees clamored for shade. Others crowded the souvenir tent to pick up concert T-shirts or opted to keep cool inside the air-conditioned classic rock photo exhibit.

Desert Trip is being staged at the same Southern California desert venue where the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held each spring. But the age difference between the two target audiences was immediately evident.

Where Coachella is aimed at millennials, Desert Trip targets the more affluent baby boomers who grew up with the festival's featured rockers.

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11 a.m. For thousands of middle-aged rockers, the concert of a lifetime is here.

The Desert Trip music festival starts Friday in Indio, California, featuring six legendary acts over three days: the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. It will be the first time ever they've all performed at the same event.

The concert is being staged at the same Southern California desert venue where the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held each spring.

But unlike Coachella, Desert Trip is targeting the more affluent baby boomers who grew up with the festival's featured rockers. Luxury camping, gourmet dining and yoga classes are among the amenities being offered. The festival repeats next weekend.

Dylan is set to kick things off Friday, just after sunset.

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