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Rocket to the Moon: We celebrate 75 years of Keith Moon

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Smoke spreads from drummer Keith Moon’s kit following The Who’s performance on ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,’ September 15, 1967. | CBS Photo Archive/Courtesy of Getty Images
The Who performs on ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,’ Sept 15, 1967. L-R: bassist John Entwistle, Moon, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Courtesy of Getty Images)

When Keith Moon first sat in with The Who, as a 17-year-old, he played one song, ended up breaking half the drum kit in doing so, and was immediately offered the gig.

When The Who played My Generation on The Smothers Brothers Show, he secretly planted explosives in his drum kit, and blew it up on live TV.

August 23, 2021 marked the 75th anniversary of the birth of the great madcap mischief-and-mayhem-making Moon. CKUA’s Lionel Rault saw The Who live, on their first-ever North American tour and below, he recalls that experience and reflects upon the iconic drums ‘n’ dynamite aficionado.

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