Some cool x-ray images:
X-ray of Kylie's knickers and other works by Nick Veasey
Scot Halpin - The 19 year Old Kid Who Played With The Who. (Townsend to arena audience: "Can anybody play the drums?")
I've always liked The Who, but I never heard this story before. November 20, 1973, The Who are playing at The Cow Palace in the SF Bay area, the opening stop of their Quadrophenia tour. Keith Moon collapses, and a kid in the audience gets plucked from the audience to finish the show. Here's how Wiki describes what happened:
Halpin, a 19-year-old who had recently moved to the area from Muscatine, Iowa, was there with a friend using tickets they had bought from a scalper. They arrived at the show thirteen hours early to get good seats.
The Who opened the show with three of their earlier hits before launching into material from Quadrophenia, playing eleven of the album’s seventeen songs and then continuing on to other hits. About seventy minutes into the show, drummer Keith Moon, whose fondness for drugs and alcohol was legendary, began to falter during "Won't Get Fooled Again", slumped over his drum kit, and passed out. As the house lights went up, Moon was carried offstage by roadies, who placed him in a shower in an attempt to revive him. Their efforts worked. An injection of cortisone got him back onstage after approximately a thirty-minute delay.
The show continued with "Magic Bus". The percussion of the song’s opening verses consisted only of Moon hitting two wooden blocks against one another. However, when the drums were actually required, Moon only played for a few more minutes before passing out again. He was carried off—this time not to return. Guitarist Pete Townshend later said in an interview that Moon had consumed large tranquilizer pills, meant to be shot at animals, with a large volume of brandy.
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, Townsend asked the crowd, "Can anybody play the drums?" He repeated the question, adding forcefully, "I mean somebody good!"
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.”
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."
Daltrey introduced him as "Scot", and went straight into the riff of "Smokestack Lightning". This was a very loose blues jam, Halpin's drum work fitting in well enough, and it shortly became "Spoonful". Less successful, however, was his contribution to the more complex "Naked Eye", and he failed to provide the contrasting tempos despite Townshend attempting to give him instructions. Halpin did not look at all flustered, though, and established a steady beat throughout. The show ended after "Naked Eye", and Halpin took a center-stage bow with Daltrey, Townshend, and bassist John Entwistle. Afterwards, he was taken backstage, along with his friend Mike, and given a Who concert jacket, which Halpin said was stolen later that evening.
In later interviews, Daltrey praised Halpin's ability, claiming that the "papers missed it". Interviewed by Rolling Stone, Halpin admired The Who's stamina, admitting "I only played three numbers and I was dead."
On January 27, 2009, The Who posted a link on their website announcing a memorial blog in memory of Scot Halpin, who died of a brain tumor in 2008 at the age of 54. He had only 35 years to tell people his amazing story.
Video of the event:
RIP,, too cool of a story
A gift to the graduating seniors of Silver Spring's Montgomery Blair High School from classmate Tolu Omokehinde - this stunningly beautiful time-lapse film of their high school years.
Well done, young man.
Ever write "Wash Me" in the dust of a dirty car window? Scott Wade takes it 10,000 times further. Check out this artwork, with dirty car windows as the artist's medium.
The beer passing would be cool except for the fact the the beers get shaken up and foam up all over the place. But I guess that's OK, they're using Old Milwaukee so they're not really wasting anything.
Local rocket company, Orbital Sciences, recently got the name changed for the road leading to their campus in Dulles (just a few miles from Redskins park).
Check out the new name:
Labord's chameleon lives for only about 4 to 5 months making it the shortest lifespan ever recorded for a four legged vertebrate. In their natural habitat, the eggs hatch after the first rains in November, they grow rapidly, adulthood is reached within 3 months, at which time they breed. By later February or early March, females have deposited the eggs which will hatch next year, and the entire population dies until the next hatching. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...leon-year.html MW