Hello Cleveland!: Can Anyone Play the Drums? Keith Moon Passes Out Onstage

KeithMoon The year was 1973, and The Who were at the top of their game, having been on the road for a year in support of what many consider their finest album, Who’s Next.  While all the members of The Who were known to, at times, get a little out of control (insert hotel room getting trashed stories here), it was drummer Keith Moon who took top honours in the group for imbibing anything he could get his hands. Booze, pills, tranquilizers-you name it, Moon did it.  And not just on a casual level.  Moon the Loon lived the ‘go big or stay home’ lifestyle to the fullest, and then some.  As you probably already know, it did eventually kill him.  The years leading up to his death in 1978 were full of front page-worthy Moon shenanigans, like today’s footage from a 1973 concert.  During the band’s closing number ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ Moon passes out just before the end of the song and is dragged off stage by the road crew. After a quick shower backstage and a rumoured shot of cortisone Moon returns for the encore, only to pass out again, leading Townshend to ask if anyone in the audience can play drums, rather than end the show early.  Cue promoter Bill Graham to the rescue, fishing a lucky fella out of the crowd to lend a hand.

About Jay Moon

Freelance writer guy. My ears love music. I'm a transplant recipient (October/2015), so I also give talks to the masses about that entire experience.

Posted on November 10, 2010, in Hello Cleveland! and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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