This weekend and next, music fans will descend on Indio, California, to hear Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Roger Waters, Neil Young, and Paul McCartney perform at the Desert Trip festival — or as it’s more popularly known, “Oldchella.” But do any of these artists perform their music the way fans remember it? Below, compare audio clips of the six Oldchella headliners singing their most vocally demanding songs on recent tours to clips recorded decades ago when their throats were younger and in better shape. Who can still nail their high notes, and who will be singing them down an octave tomorrow night? Listen and find out.
*A version of this article appears in the October 3, 2016, issue of New York Magazine.