When The Who’s Keith Moon and John Entwistle were arrested for kidnapping

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One of the most recognizable rock groups of all time is still The Who. They became well-known in the 1960s thanks to their visceral musicianship, mod style, and lyrics. Since then they have continued to win over fans. Together, they have produced several albums and singles that are regarded as having the greatest historical influence.

In addition to their abundance of powerful songs, the group had a free spirit that connected with the burgeoning youth movement of the 1960s. The Who had a brutality that made them feel more like they would be found down your local boozer. They appeared always on the verge of fighting with the landlord as they attempted to avoid detection. Unlike The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Kinks, who were all charming, dangerous, and artistic.

This attitude, along with their unquenchable desire to shred their instruments to bits, meant that the group didn’t survive long as a quartet of local lads. They eventually made it big time. The band, which consisted of drummer Keith Moon, bassist John Entwistle, guitarist Pete Townshend, and frontman Roger Daltrey, was the culmination of its technically proficient members.

In addition to their unrestrained musical ability, the group’s off-stage antics contributed to their notoriety. They represent a time and a kind of music that the world no longer produces. They also epitomize the essence of excess in rock ‘n’ roll.

Several vignettes document The Who’s utterly absurd off-stage misadventures, including the Rolls Royce in the pool, the copious amounts of LSD taken on a transatlantic flight, and the nearly deadly flower-eating competition. This is surprisingly just the tip of the iceberg. Band members’ autobiographies or, in some cases, accounts from those close to the band at the time, have progressively revealed the sheer volume of these outtakes to the public over time.

However, another insane story surfaced recently. The late, great John Entwistle, the bassist for The Who wrote previously unpublished notes. These notes provided details of the period when he and drummer Keith “The Loon” Moon came under scrutiny as potential suspects in a kidnapping. This suspicion arose following a walk outside with a pair of inflatable women’s legs.

This specific incident happened in Newcastle, England, in November 1968. Someone duly alerted the local police to the pair’s bizarre stunt. This involved driving Entwistle’s Bentley car around the city with its prosthetic legs protruding out of the window. Entwistle wrote: “Mounted with me to a joke shop.” He continued, “We buy a pair of blow-up women’s legs and fit them with fishnet stockings. We then drive through Newcastle with our legs out the Bentley’s window while Keith makes girlie noises.” A policewoman using a walkie-talkie is visible to me.

Without giving the policewoman a second thought, the band left Newcastle and proceeded to the next stop on the tour, the Paisley Ice Rink in Scotland. Entwistle elaborates in the notes: “Two policemen ask me if I am Mr. John Entwistle, owner of the Bentley, after the show at Paisley Ice Rink. “A woman in distress has been reported by a policewoman,” he stated.

“We are taken to the hotel. There Keith has set up the legs protruding from the bathtub with a blanket draped over a pillow”. And the statement continues. After apprehensively removing the blanket, the police breathe a sigh of relief. We converse with the police, who have become cordial.

Paul Rees’s compilation of Entwistle’s notes, The Ox: The Last of the Great Rock Stars, became available in March and tells the hilarious story through notes from the memoir. Sadly, the great bassist passed away too soon in his sleep in 2002, before he could complete his autobiography.

John Entwistle epitomized a rock star in almost everything he did and represented the grand old-school. All swagger, joie de vivre, and boundless consumption,” the book’s publisher, Constable, said in a statement. The Ox will finally shed light on one of the most influential and significant figures in rock history. This will happen with the full support of the Entwistle family and Trinifold, the Who’s long-term manager.

Even though Moon and Entwistle only became suspected for a brief period, one of the best rhythm sections in rock history turned out briefly thought to be kidnappers.

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