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Onstage Meltdowns

The Who

While we don’t have time to chronicle the many misadventures of The Who’s Keith Moon, we do have time to relive one infamous event at Cow Palace in San Francisco on November 20, 1973. The maniacal drummer was already flaming out when he took the stage obliterated on a cocktail of brandy and horse tranquilizers. He passed out once during “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” and again during “Magic Bus.” Fed up, guitarist Pete Townshend called into the crowd, "Can anyone play the drums? – I mean somebody good.” Nineteen-year-old Scott Halpin answered the call, and filled in for the next three songs. —Jeff Royer

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