We've all been disappointed by a late-period record by one of our favorite bands, and to one extent or another, we've all engaged in an endless debate over whether it's better to burn out or fade away. For Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, the answer is neither; creativity takes effort, and he expects great artists to keep trying.
The history of the Who is littered with tragic events. From Pete Townshend's abuse when he was a child to the 1979 deaths of 11 fans in Cincinnati to John Entwistle's overdose in 2000. One of the lesser known stories occurred on Jan. 4, 1970, when Neil Boland, who was Keith Moon's driver and bodyguard, was accidentally run over by Moon's Bentley.
Drummer Kenney Jones was already highly regarded in the British rock scene by the end of 1978, when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime: being tapped to replace the late Keith Moon in the Who. The group announced its new drummer in January 1979, but Jones' tenure with the band would prove to be difficult and relatively brief, punctuated by internal strife and changing musical trends.
In rock history, there are far more myths (see: The Zeppelin Shark-Groupie Incident) than cinderella stories, especially when you're talking about a band as legendary -- and decadent -- as The Who. But a rare exception took place on Nov. 20, 1973, when Who fan Scott Halpin cemented his status as one of rock's most unlikely heroes, taking the stage to fill in for drug-addled drummer Keith Moon.
As everyone was trying to one-up each other in the later part of the '60s -- hoping to keep up with 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and what it spawned -- Pete Townshend looked forward by looking back. While his contemporaries had psychedelic visions spiraling within their heads, the main songwriter and guitarist for the Who had something else in mind for his band.