In 1973 The Who opened up their Quadrophenia tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. After taking the stage late, Keith played for just over an hour before passing out onto his drums twice, clearly too incapacitated to perform. Pete Townshend asks the audience for a capable drummer, and one 19-year old boy from Muscatine, Iowa named Scott Halpin emerges from the crowd, takes the reins, and plays the final 3 songs of the show with The Who.
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.