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Cheers, happy Friday, and TGIF! As I’m just getting back from Florida, at least I know it will be for me. But for those of you who worked all week and stuck it out through the waning days of summer, I salute you. And here’s your weekly fix of music history to show my appreciation and sympathy.
On this day back in 1968, Keith Moon of The Who was living it up enough for all of us. Celebrating his birthday in true style with a good old fashioned two-day birthday bender, the drummer drove a brand-new Lincoln Continental into the swimming pool at a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan. Notorious for this type of behavior, Moon started off the evening celebrating his 21 st by lighting a stick of dynamite in the toilet of his hotel room. When the dynamite did not flush, Moon had to get out quickly to avoid airborne shards of porcelain from the toilet. Though hotel management had put up with Moon’s shenanigans in the past provided the damage was paid for, his little ‘car pool’ incident was the last straw. Moon was banned from all other Holiday Inns for life as well as from Flint itself. Though some question the truth behind this tale, Moon did scrape by with a broken tooth to remember the evening. Or, well, not remember it.
Also on August 24th in 1989, The Who were making history as well. Only this time for their musical abilities, imagine that… In 1989, The Who performed Tommy with a few special guests. The Who originally split in 1982, but not to be outdone, the band returned in 1989 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their legendary record, Tommy. The band performed the album with special guests Steve Winwood, Billy Idol, Elton John, Patti LaBelle, and Phil Collins at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles before disappearing again until 1996.
Finally, today celebrates the birthday of the late Jim Capaldi, drummer and co-founder of Brit Folk-Rock band Traffic. Among the likes of Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason, Capaldi co-founded the group, setting them on the right track for the band’s 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He would have been 68 years old.