October 21, 1976 

Moon The Loon plays his last gig with The Who at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto …

Source: October 21, 1976 – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up …

“The band that will destroy you in more ways than one.” ~ Eric Burdon 

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.

 

Joni at Isle of Wight 

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.

Woodstock Day 2 …

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.

That’s no Abbie .. but you get the drift …

Who’s Next 

August 14, 1971 ~ The Who released their fifth studio album which featured ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and ‘Baba O’Riley.’  It’s viewed by critics as the Who’s best record and one of the great rock albums ever.

It’s #28 on Rolling Stone’s, 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 

Live Aid ’85

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.

The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Elton John, David Bowie, The Who, Queen, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan all lend a hand.

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.