In celebration of Pete Townshend's 70th birthday I thought would post one of The Who's more famous (or perhaps "notorious" would be a better word) moments in their history. This is a clip from the September 17 1967 edition of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on which The Who performed "I Can See For Miles" and "My Generation". Before the performance Keith Moon and "a sloppy stage hand" overloaded his drum kit with explosives. The resultant explosion left shrapnel in Keith Moon's arm, singed Pete Townshend's hair, and left Pete Townshend afflicted with tinnitus the rest of his life. Even if it had not been for The Who's fantastic performance on the show, then, they would have made quite an impression on the American viewing audience!
Happy birthday, Pete!