A few weeks ago the news came out that the milk-toast Nashville band Kings of Leon ended a show early in St. Louis because a pigeon shit in bass player Jason Followell’s mouth. Disgusting, yes, but worthy of ending a show only a few songs into the set? No way.
I yearn for the days when rock stars cared about their fans and wouldn’t let something like a little bird poop spoil their set. Heck, Ozzy would have been zig-zagging across the stage trying to catch all the droppings in his mouth.
The ultimate example of a band sticking it out through rough moments is The Who’s performance at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. During the show, drummer Keith Moon passed out twice due to taking a large mixture of animal tranquilizers and brandy. When Moon was finally carried off the stage, the band didn’t quit. Instead of calling it a night, Pete Townsend approached the mic and asked the audience, “Can anyone play the drums?”
Scott Halpin would be the lucky fan who got the chance to play alongside legends that fateful night. The grainy video of the events from that evening are riveting to say the least. Enjoy this clip of rock n’ roll history: