Ohio University hosted huge bands in '69

Associated Press Modified: September 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm •  Published: September 16, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — For a total of only $5, an Ohio University student in 1969 could have seen two of the most iconic bands in rock 'n' roll history.

The Athens Messenger recounted Sunday (http://bit.ly/RUcgju ) the hosting that seems so unlikely now of both Led Zeppelin and The Who on the southeastern Appalachian Ohio campus.

With their rock opera album "Tommy" a major innovative hit, The Who came to town that November for an energetic show that delighted an excited crowd.

"I remember (lead singer) Roger Daltrey swinging the microphone around by the cord wondering if I was going to get knocked out," recalled Dan Hime, then a student reporter for The Post. Hime went backstage after the show to do interviews, but said he couldn't get near Daltrey because of a throng of female fans. Pete Townshend continued to play air guitar to himself, he said, but he did interview bassist John Entwhistle and drummer Keith Moon.

Both were relaxed and friendly, Hime said, although Moon's relaxation was no doubt helped by a bottle of whiskey a student had provided for his use during the show. That was promoter Steve Bossin, who was chairman of the Campus Entertainment Committee and now lives in Cleveland.

Bossin averted a crisis when he gave his Jack Daniels to the band, he said. The Ohio University police had been enforcing a ban on alcohol, angering The Who. Bossin was arrested briefly, but was freed to enjoy the show he said drew people from miles around to what was the region's largest indoor concert venue

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