When An Audience Member Had To Fill in on Drums for a Passed Out Keith Moon

From Wikipedia:

The remaining three band members then played “See Me, Feel Me”, without drums, with vocalist Roger Daltrey adding a tambourine for percussion. The song received a huge response, and Pete Townshend thanked the crowd for putting up with a three-quarter-strength band. Instead of leaving the stage, though, Townshend asked the crowd, “Can anybody play the drums?” He repeated the question, adding forcefully, “I mean someone good!”[6]

At this time, Halpin and his friend were at the left edge of the stage, and his friend, Mike Danese, began noisily telling the security staff, “He can play!” In truth, Halpin had not played in a year, but Danese made enough of a commotion that he had attracted the concert’s promoter, Bill Graham.

“Graham just looked at me and said, ‘Can you do it?’ And I said “Yes,” straight out. Townshend and Daltrey look around and they’re as surprised as I am, because Graham put me up there.”[2][4]

Halpin was given a shot of brandy for his nerves before sitting at his first drumset since leaving Iowa.

“Then I got really focused, and Townshend said to me, ‘I’m going to lead you. I’m going to cue you.'”[4]

Halpin died last Februrary from a brain tumor. YouTube also has a clip of him playing Smokestack Lightning with the band.

(via Reddit)

Daily Dose of Ingersoll


There are many things in the New Testament that I cannot
accept as true.

I cannot believe in the miraculous origin of Jesus Christ. I
believe he was the son of Joseph and Mary; that Joseph and Mary had
been duly and legally married; that he was the legitimate offspring
of that union. Nobody ever believed the contrary until he had been
dead at least one hundred and fifty years. Neither Matthew, Mark,
nor Luke ever dreamed that he was of divine origin. He did not say
to either Matthew, Mark, or Luke, or to any one in their hearing,
that he was the Son of God, or that he was miraculously conceived.
He did not say it. It may be asserted that he said it to John, but
John did not write the gospel that bears his name. The angel
Gabriel, who, they say, brought the news, never wrote a word upon
the subject. The mother of Christ never wrote a word upon the
subject. His alleged father never wrote a word upon the subject,
and Joseph never admitted the story. We are lacking in the matter
of witnesses. I would not believe such a story now. I cannot
believe that it happened then. I would not believe people I know,
much less would I believe people I do not know.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Orthodoxy”(1884)