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From Ace to Zeppelin: Where Were The Rock Stars When We Landed On The Moon?

50 years ago, on July 20th, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on the moon. 


Here's a list of what some of rock's top acts were doing when it happened:






Ace Frehley: Says he watched it with his classmates in school. Unless he is referring to Sunday school, then he is living up to his nickname of "Spaceman" as July 20th was a Sunday in 1969.


Billy Gibbons: Was watching B.B. King perform in Houston, and the "King of the Blues" announced that Apollo 11 had landed.


Blind Faith: Were performing at the Baltimore Civic Center! 


Carlos Santana: It was his 22nd birthday and he was performing with his Santana band in San Francisco.


Deep Purple: Were performing in Birmingham, England.


Grateful Dead: Watched it at Jerry Garcia's house as he was the only one with a TV.


James Taylor and Van Morrison: Were on the bill at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. The announcement that Apollo 11 had landed was made during Taylor's set.


Joe Cocker: Was performing at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.


Led Zeppelin: Were performing in Cleveland on a bill with the James Gang.


Mick Jagger: Was filming Ned Kelly in Australia.


Pink Floyd: Performed "Moonjam" for a BBC TV show on the Moon landing.


The Beatles: Watched a rough cut of their film that came to be known as Let it Be.


The Who: Were performing in Hastings, England.


Tommy Shaw: Was 14 and watched it with his family in Montgomery, Alabama.


Yes: Watched it in a pub in Cork, Ireland following their set.