40 Years Ago: Keith Moon Gets Wild as the Who Begin Their 1975 US tour
There are plenty of ways to plan the perfect party, but in the fall of 1975, if you wanted to guarantee a good time, you could hardly do better than handing Keith Moon an accordion and putting him in a room full of topless women.
The Who's drummer, along with bandmates Pete Townshend and John Entwistle, was happily on hand for just such a gathering on Nov. 20, 1975, when the group celebrated the start of a month-long U.S. tour with a party at the Houston Oaks Hotel. The theme, inspired by the band's latest single, was "Squeeze Box" — and as you can see in these NSFW photos, there was just as much debauchery as one might expect given the time, place, and participants.
Of course, the band wasn't just in town to ogle and play accordion. Their 1975 U.S. tour started at Houston's indoor arena the Summit, and got off to a suitably excellent start — with their recent Top 10 effort The Who by Numbers at their backs, they turned in a set that would end up making the bootleg rounds for years before finally seeing official release in 2012.
With all that cause for celebration, it's no surprise Moon and his fellow revelers were in the mood to party after the show. In fact, although there doesn't seem to be much evidence to support it, legend has it that Moon was actually arrested for disorderly conduct and ended up spending the night in jail — a possibly apocryphal conclusion to the story, but one that wouldn't have marked Moon's first trip to the hoosegow.
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