- All-Star Cast: It'd be quicker to name the famous bands of its day that didn't make an appearance at one time or another. Wikipedia has a list of some of the more "notables".
- Dueling Shows: With the syndicated Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The folk song "Midnight Special", as covered by Johnny Rivers.
- Screwed by the Network: Despite impressive ratings, the show was abruptly cancelled in 1981 at the request of Dick Ebersol as part of a deal for him to take over the then ailing Saturday Night Live. It was replaced by SCTV.
Trivia / The Midnight Special