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On September 17, 1967 you might remember an explosive performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Remember it?

Let’s reminisce together.

The Who were gaining a reputation around the world for their high-energy, guitar-smashing performances.

Yet it was a performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on this day that really got the world talking.

The British rockers were performing their hit ‘My Generation’ when the drum kit exploded scorching Pete Townshend’s hair, knocking the show off the air for a moment and leaving shrapnel in drummer Keith Moon’s arm.

Moon was already famous for placing explosive charges in his bass drums and detonating them while Townshend smashed guitars at the end of their performances, but this performance was nothing like the others.

The drummer packed more explosive than normal into the drum kit, causing a giant explosion to rock the set and engulf the band in a cloud of smoke.

The Who’s performance was certainly a major talking point!

If you loved that performance, these next three musical moments are sure to take you back as well.

A few years after The Who’s explosive TV performance came Woodstock — four days of music performances on a large dairy farm in the state of New York.

Do you remember it?

From August 15 to August 18, 1969, some 400,000 people attended Woodstock with 32 musical acts taking to the stage.

The giant music festival became a cultural icon and is widely regarded as an iconic moment in music history.

Woodstock played host to some of your favourites including The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Still, Nash & Young, Janis Joplin and Santana.

Then of course who could forget Live Aid in 1985?

Organised by Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats and Midge Ure of Ultravoa, Live Aid is heralded as the biggest music show in history.

It raised more than 150 million pounds (more than A$260 million) for famine relief in Africa.

Live Aid was beamed onto TV sets around the world on July 13, 1985, with 400 million people tuning in from 60 countries over a 16-hour period to watch concerts all over the world including London, Philadelphia, and Wembley Stadium.

Performers included Queen, David Bowie, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello.

Which of these musical performances do you remember best? Were you in attendance at any of these events?

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