When is comes to skeleton suits and rock music, one man stands head and shoulders (or should that be ‘skull and clavicle’) above the rest, and that man is John Entwhistle from The Who. The iconic performance was at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.
Of course, by the time I saw The Who in concert (only a few years ago) a lot had changed from the electric shows of the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Drummer Keith Moon – aka: Moon the Loon died in 1978 after consuming 32 tablets of clomethiazole. The drummer with the band when I saw them was Zak Starkey
For the youngsters reading this, and wondering why he was nicknamed Moon the Loon, well here’s a small snippet from Wikipedia (and this is just a small part of his excesses):
Along with his drum sets, Moon’s infamous (and favourite) calling card was to flush powerful explosives down toilets. It has been estimated that his destruction of toilets and plumbing ran as high as UK£300,000 (US$500,000). His levels of destruction forced the band to stay outside of New York City when they performed there, and his repeated practice of blowing up toilets with explosives led to Moon being banned for life from lodging at several hotel chains around the world, including all Holiday Inn, Sheraton, and Hilton Hotels, as well as the Waldorf Astoria. Moon became so notorious for this practice that when Nick Harper was asked about his childhood memories spent around The Who, his first recollection was, “I remember Keith blowing up the toilets.”
And also missing from the lineup I saw was John Entwhistle who passed away due to a heart attack induced by cocaine use in 2002.
Here, Entwhistle talks briefly about the Skeleton suit – uploaded by eyerockeyeroll
When I saw The Who it was a great show – it’s very hard to be good at stadium rock – but Daltrey, Townshend and co. are masters at this, but somehow I felt something was missing – maybe a spark, or a sense of danger. Maybe that spark can be seen in the clips below. For this post, I am not going to rabbit on like usual. Instead I am going to allow you to bask in music of one of the world’s best rock bands at their peak. Here’s a selection of Youtube clips.
Young Man Blues – uploaded by magopeu
My Generation – uploaded by punkscarecrow1
Pinball Wizard – uploaded by eaglerocktv
I Can’t Explain – uploaded by CCRtour1
October is the month of the Skeleton Suit! Or Skeletons, Skulls and Bones, and in a month long celebration, The Mysterious Order of the Skeleton Suit is checking out the Skeletons in their closets.