Amateur rocker makes history with The Who

November 20, 2019

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~ Tom Nakashima

Today was a memorable date for The Who… and a young fan named Scot Halpin. 

On November 20, 1973, during The Who show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco… drummer Keith Moon passed out and could not continue.  Answering Pete Townshend’s question “Can anybody play the drums?”… Scot, then just 19 years old,  said “I can play!” The commotion drew the attention of promoter Bill Graham, who sent the kid on stage. 

On this day in 1973, after The Who drummer Keith Moon passes out onstage, the band pull a fan out of the audience to take over. 19-year-old Scot Halpin later wins Rolling Stone magazine's 'Pick-Up Player of the Year Award' Thanks to @tonedeaf_music for this one! #maddmusic #maddmusic87 #maddmusicmondays #thewho #keithmoon #scothalpin #rollingstonemagazine #music #musicblog

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He finished the set, drumming away with his idols. What a gig! Later that year, Rolling Stone Magazine honored him with the “Pick-Up Player of The Year Award.”