On November 20th 1973, rock and roll fantasy became reality.
That was the day that the Who opened their US Quadrophenia tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
From the “truth is stranger than fiction” archives, the story goes that Keith Moon, suffering from stage fright, took a handful of pills that turned out to be horse tranquilizers and washed them down with a bottle of brandy.
Somewhere during first set, Moon passed out face first on his drumset.
Revived after several minutes, but still shaky, Moon proceeded to pass out again during the next song!
Frustrated, Pete Townsend asked the crowd if anyone there knew how to play drums. Hands were raised and a lucky Cinderella was chosen from the masses to sit in with one of the most influential bands of all time.
This real life Cinderella’s name was Scot Halpin. Although the story has morphed over time, the fact remains that Halpin did sit in Keith Moon’s chair at that infamous concert and play drums with the Who for a couple of songs!
Sadly, Halpin died from a brain tumor in 2008. How this story has not been made into a movie is beyond me!
Here’s the proof: