5. Keith Moon at the Cow Palace, 1973 - Horse Tranquilizers and Brandy
Not long before the Who took the stage at San Francisco's Cow Palace on their 1973 Quadrophenia tour, Keith Moon took a handful of horse tranquilizers and followed that with some brandy. (Accounts vary wildly over how much he took, and some say they were mere human tranquilizers.) Whatever he actually took, the drummer slowed down during "Won't Get Fooled Again" and eventually passed out at the kit. "We're just gonna revive our drummer by punching him in the stomach," Pete Townshend told the crowd. "He's out cold. I think he's gone and eaten something he shouldn't have eaten. It's your foreign food. The horrible truth is that without him, we aren't a group."
The crew either threw Moon into a cold shower or injected him with cortisone (accounts vary) and they brought him back out 30 minutes later to play "Magic Bus." It didn't last long, and soon enough, Moon was being dragged off again by the roadies. The band did "See Me, Feel Me" without a drummer, but then Townshend decided to offer a fan the chance of a lifetime. "Can anybody play the drums?" Townshend asked the crowd. "We need somebody good." Nineteen-year-old Who fan Scott Halpin took them up on the offer, and joined the band for "Smokestack Lightning," "Spoonful" and the finale of "Naked Eye." Sadly, Halpin died in 2008; Keith Moon, of course, died 30 years before that.