The Who's Roger Daltrey has said the upcoming megafest featuring six of the world's biggest rock bands feels like the "end of the era" for his generation of musicians.
He called Coachella festival off-shoot Desert Trip, which features the Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney and Roger Waters in the line-up, the moment of "passing the baton" as he admitted despairing at the triviality of today's music.
He told The Sun: "We're getting to the age where sooner or later we're going to grind down and stop.
"Every artist involved has paid their dues. They're survivors and the fact they're still drawing enormous audiences speaks for itself."
Desert Trip is already drawing comparisons with Woodstock of 1969 for the calibre of acts on the bill.
Thousands are expected to fight for tickets to see the three nights of headliners, including Bob Dylan, famous for his protest songs, but Daltrey blasted the levity of today's pop music.
He said: "With the world in such a state of flux, I get puzzled that people are saying so little in music."
He said he was equally perplexed by the number of fans with their eyes on their phones rather than the stage.
He added:"It's all iPad and iPhone now. The fact that everyone's looking down at them worries me.
"There's quite a lot of psychological evidence that they don't remember the gig afterwards and they'll never get the same feeling back by watching the video. It's weird. It's insane."
He is a fan of Oasis, however, urging estranged brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher to put aside their differences and re-form.
He said: "Oasis carved their niche and would do well if they ever get back together. I bloody well hope they do - it's about time."
The 72-year-old confirmed he is "almost" fighting fit after suffering a bout of viral meningitis which forced the band to postpone all the dates on the US leg of their 50th anniversary tour in September last year.
The Who perform at Desert Trip, running from October 7-9 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.