“Can anybody play the drums?”

November 20, 1976 ~ 

After Keith Moon passes out at his drum kit, The Who pull a fan from the audience to take over.

19-year-old Scot Halpin is the lucky fan chosen to complete the set at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. He does an admirable job on the three remaining songs – “Smokestack Lightning,” “Spoonful,” and “Naked Eye” – and takes a bow with the group. Rolling Stone names him their “Pick-Up Player Of The Year.”

As for Moon, management blames jet lag, but it probably has something to do with the horse tranquilizers he ingested.

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