Moon The Loon plays his last gig with The Who at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto …
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.
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 ~ August 16, 1969 ~ 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.
July 13, 1985 ~ Bob Geldof’s dream of an all-day concert at venues in the USA and Europe to benefit those suffering from the famine in Ethiopia comes to fruition.
The monster music event happens at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and London’s Wembley Stadium with over 100,000 fans in the USA and 72,000 in the UK attending. The event is broadcast live across the world to an audience of around 2 billion people in 150 nations.
Estimates are that Geldof and crew raise upwards of $50M. However, according to a story done by SPIN Magazine, it’s debatable how much actually reached those in need versus the pockets of Mengistu Haile Mariam, Ethiopia’s corrupt head of state.