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Desert Trip II: 13 Acts That May (or May Not) Perform

If “Oldchella” comes back this year, we’re guessing that Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Elton John and others might be on the bill

Desert Trip organizers have yet to announce whether or not the festival is going to return this fall, but considering that last year’s event grossed a staggering $160 million – a new industry world record – it seems like a safe bet. The main reason 150,000 tickets vanished within seconds last year is that Goldenvoice/AEG assembled six of the biggest names in rock (Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Neil Young, Roger Waters and Paul McCartney) for a once-in-a-lifetime show. They’d never appeared on a single bill before and likely never will again. Topping that lineup will be practically impossible, but that doesn’t mean the organizers won’t try. Here’s a look at 13 acts that are probably at least under consideration, if not actually under contract at this very moment. (A rep for Desert Trip told us they had “no info” about the status of Desert Trip II.)

Tina Turner

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Tina Turner

Why She’ll Play: It’s been eight years since Tina Turner concluded her 50th-anniversary tour. She may be 77, but Tina is an unstoppable force of nature. If she wanted to, she could put the tight pants and high heels back on and go out there and absolutely kill it. Besides, Desert Trip shouldn’t go another year without a female headliner. Who better to break the boys’ club than Tina?

Why She Won’t Play: Not only is she insanely rich, but her husband, Erwin Bach, is also worth an absolute fortune. They live in Switzerland in happy seclusion. Breathing in desert dust as she dances around to “Proud Mary” for the 10,000th time probably isn’t her idea of a good time just three years away from her 80th birthday.

Simon & Garfunkel

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Simon and Garfunkel

Why They’ll Play: A $15 million paycheck might be enough to convince them to start speaking again, at least for two weekends in October.

Why They Won’t Play: It probably isn’t. Goldenvoice/AEG might have to give them the whole $160 million in order to have a chance.