October 19, 1973 ~ The Who release ” It’s #267 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
September 17, 1967 ~ Keith Moon of The Who rigs his bass drum to explode at the end of “My Generation” during their appearance on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, but he doesn’t realize that the stage crew has already done the deed. The resulting explosion cuts Moon’s leg, singes Pete Townshend’s hair and an eardrum, and scares the shit out of fellow guests Bette Davis and Mickey Rooney.
How far would you go to get your favorite band to come play in your town? For Milwaukee radio personality Tim The Rock ‘N’ Roll Animal, it involved going out on a ledge.
August 29, 1970 ~ The Isle of Wight Festival hits its stride on Day 4 of 5, with performances by Miles Davis, The Doors and The Who. Joni Mitchell’s set is interrupted by a hippie named Yogi Joe who has to be removed by security. Some of the hundreds of thousands of fans at the festival are there to protest its consumerism, believing that music should be free. When Yogi Joe comes on stage, it’s peaceful at first – he and Mitchell are acquainted. But when he starts banging on the congas, Mitchell asks him to leave, which is when he grabs the microphone and goes on a rant while as Mitchell plays on.
The crowd begins to show its displeasure with Joni, but she not only stays on stage, but chides the audience. “You’re acting like tourists,” she says. “Give us some respect.”
They do, listening quietly as she finishes her set.
I personally think Bonzo is the GOAT but Moon The Loon (b. August 23, 1946) is right there with him. Especially on this day. We … were … blessed.
The Who release their 8th album — and the last with Moon the Loon on the drums — on August 18, 1978. Three weeks later, Keith Moon was gone.
The chills remain.
It’s Day 2 of Woodstock, featuring performances by the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and Santana. One memorable moment comes during The Who’s set, when the activist Abbie Hoffman interrupts their set and grabs the microphone.
After saying a few words about fellow activist John Sinclair, Pete Townshend hits him with his guitar.