Man Walked On The Moon 50 Years Ago - Check Out What Your Favorite Classic Rockers Were Doing On July 20, 1969

July 19, 2019

Here's a list of what some of rock's top acts were doing on July 20th, 1969 when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon with Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Ace Frehley: Says he watched it with his classmates in school. Unless he is referring to Sunday school, then he is living up to his nickname of "Spaceman" as July 20th was a Sunday in 1969.

Billy Gibbons: Was watching B.B. King perform in Houston, and the "King of the Blues" announced that Apollo 11 had landed.

Blind Faith: Were performing in Baltimore.

Carlos Santana: It was his 22nd birthday and he was performing with his Santana band in San Francisco.

Deep Purple: Were performing in Birmingham, England.

Grateful Dead: Watched it at Jerry Garcia's house as he was the only one with a TV.

James Taylor and Van Morrison: Were on the bill at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. The announcement that Apollo 11 had landed was made during Taylor's set.

Joe Cocker: Was performing at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

Led Zeppelin: Were performing in Cleveland on a bill with the James Gang.

Mick Jagger: Was filming Ned Kelly in Australia.

Pink Floyd: Performed "Moonjam" for a BBC TV show on the Moon landing.

The Beatles: Watched a rough cut of their film that came to be known as Let it Be.

The Who: Were performing in Hastings, England.

Tommy Shaw: Was 14 and watched it with his family in Montgomery, Alabama.

Yes: Watched it in a pub in Cork, Ireland following their set.

Armstrong's first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience. He described the event as "one small step for [a> man, one giant leap for mankind."Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy: "before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. (Credit: Wikipedia Appollo 11)