The Who

Tue, 20 November 1973:

San Francisco, CA, Cow Palace


I Can't Explain
Summertime Blues
My Generation
I Am The Sea
The Real Me
The Punk And The Godfather
I'm One
Helpless Dancer
Sea And Sand
Bell Boy
Doctor Jimmy
Love Reign O'er Me
Won't Get Fooled Again
Magic Bus
See Me Feel Me
Smokestack Lightning
Naked Eye


At this famous concert Keith Moon slumped over his drums. Dave Marsh wrote: "The band crashed into the song (Won't Get Fooled Again, K.J.), but after only a few bars, Keith Moon slumped over his drums ...The roadies carried him backstage into the dressing room, where he was placed in a cold shower and revived ... After another half-hour's delay, the Who once more hit the stage. Moon proclaimed himself fit, and the rest of the band tried valiantly to pick up where they'd left off. But Moon was too weak to continue - he didn't even get through the first song. He was taken backstage and then to the hospital ... Meanwhile, Townshend was enraged that the beginning of the tour was so disastrous. 'Hey,' he shouted to the crowd. 'Can anybody out there play drums? I mean good. Any takers come up here onstage.' Scott Halpin, a nineteen-year-old ..., fought his way over to the security guards and tried to talk his way onstage... 'It all happened really quick,' Halpin told Rolling Stone. 'I didn't have time to think about it and get nervous.' Townshend introduced him (as 'Scott'), called for Naked Eye, giving Halpin the time signature, and they were off. The Who ran through two other songs, 'Magic Bus' and 'My Generation,' before finishing." (Dave Marsh, Before I get old - The story of The Who, p. 430). I can't confirm the songs Dave Marsh listed. According to my researchs The Who played Smokestack Lightning and Naked Eye with Scott Halpin on the drums. Robert Kingson was at the show, and he doesn't confirm Marsh, too. He wrote: "For what it's worth, I was at that show. I believe that My Generation definitely was NOT a song Scott Halpin played on, as they did that one early in the set. I believe Keith Moon passed out during See Me Feel Me. In any case, I distinctly recall that they ended the song without drums. They had giant search lights shining at the audience - you couldn't see and had to listen (a very interesting touch by the Who there); in any case, I recall being very impressed at how BIG they sounded on that song, even with no drums playing. Also, I remember Pete Townsend saying after Keith had passed out that second time: 'Well, we still have a few numbers to play [a roar from the audience] so ... anybody out there play drums?'"

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