"This was, arguably, the last great Who tour: the whole '76 year. That was actually the last time Keith Moon played drums for them, before he died; and that was the last time the Who played Winterland. I think a friend of Moon's from L.A. came up and had some mescaline. So we did mescaline before the show. I remember shooting part of the show from a television camera position and then it started really coming on. There was a balcony in the back that was closed off, so I went up there, but by that point I was tripping pretty hard. This is right at the end of their encore, and it turned out to be a really iconic image. Pete had thrown his guitar up, and everybody in the whole place was on their feet and they were roaring, and the whole building was just shaking. I remember Moon got up and then collapsed over the drum kit-cymbals fell onto the ground-and Townshend and Entwistle ended up grabbing him, one by each ankle, and dragging him off stage." -Michael Zagaris
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Michael Zagaris, known as 'the Z-man', offers the performer's eye view in his photography. Zagaris became the Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin; not vicariously but actually. He donned the make-up and ran down the tunnel onto the stage. As an insider in those days, he took photographs of what was, not what one expected to see, and as an insider today he does the same thing for 21st century bands and artists. As team photographer for the San Francisco 49ers, a title he achieved in '73, and for the Oakland A's, Zagaris is sports' inside-out shooter. Ankles taped and knee pad-clad, he's the guy so familiar to the players that they see him as their own.