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December 5, 2010

Scot Halpin, accidental drummer for The Who

From James Wood's article about Keith Moon in the November 29, 2010 issue of The New Yorker: "In San Francisco, in 1973, he took so many [pills]... that, after slopping his way through several songs, he collapsed and had to be taken to the hospital.... What magically happened onstage, while Moon was being carted away, was incised on my teen-age cerebellum. Pete Townshend asked the crowd if anyone could come up and play the drums. Scot Halpin, a nineteen-year-old, and presumably soon to be the most envied teen-ager in America, got onto the stage, and performed in Moon's place."

Above, Halpin performing "Smokestack Lightning" with the band during that show.


The final number of the concert, "Naked Eye."

Halpin died of a brain tumor on February 9, 2008.

He was 54.

On January 27, 2009, The Who created a memorial blog "featuring a work of his art and music, each day for one year, commencing February 9, 2009, the first anniversary of his passing."

December 5, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Wouldn't it be more accurate to say his wife created the memorial blog -- and the Who simply pointed to it?

Either way, it is fucking amazing...I'm going to bookmark this and read through more when I have time.

Posted by: clifyt | Dec 6, 2010 9:24:24 AM

Joe, It is counting frames. 30 frames per second, in that case.

Posted by: Joel | Dec 6, 2010 8:07:47 AM

Damn shame about the short life. Still, who gets to sub for Moon even once in their lives?

Nice to see the memorial.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Dec 5, 2010 4:54:48 PM

THAT was so cool!

How come the timer only goes up to the thirties in the hundredth area?

Or do the English use some other timing measure?

Posted by: Joe Peach | Dec 5, 2010 4:23:10 PM

That's amazing. You figure it has to happen once in the world, I guess, but still.

Posted by: Adam | Dec 5, 2010 4:13:23 PM

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