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Keith Moon: 30 Years Gone

Posted in British music, British rock, Music, Rock Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2008 by John Curley


It seems difficult to believe, given that The Who’s late drummer Keith Moon (pictured above left with Pete Townshend in 1976 in a photo from was one of the most demonstrative and liveliest performers of his day, but Sunday, September 7th marked the 30th anniversary of Moon’s death. Moon died in London in 1978 at the age of 31 from an overdose of a sedative that had been prescribed to curb his alcoholism.

Along with jazz great Buddy Rich, Keith Moon was easily one of the most innovative drummers that the music world has ever seen. Moon was an end-to-end soloist, and really brought the drums to the forefront. Prior to Moon’s emergence, most rock drummers were strictly timekeepers and not particularly flashy. Moon changed the game completely, starting with The Who’s debut single, “I Can’t Explain,” in 1965. Moon was obviously a huge influence on many drummers, from Alex Van Halen to Clem Burke.

Unfortunately, I never got to see Moon perform live with The Who. I was only 10 years old the last time that The Who played North America with Moon. By the time I saw The Who for the first time, at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1982, Kenney Jones was sitting in the drum seat.

It’s really a shame that Moon left us at such a young age. But Moon did leave behind a considerable musical legacy. And for that, we should be grateful.

Keith Moon R.I.P 1947-1978.

To watch Moon and The Who performing “I Can’t Explain” in 1965 on the American TV show Shindig, click below:


To watch an odd clip of Moon performing a drum solo on a transparent drum kit that is filled with water and goldfish, click below:

To watch a clip of Moon destroying his famous “Pictures of Lily” drum kit live on stage in Boston in 1968, click below:

To watch The Who mime to “My Generation” on CBS-TV’s The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour in 1967 (complete with “explosive” ending that caused guest star Bette Davis to faint into the arms of Mickey Rooney backstage and also cost Pete Townshend a good bit of the hearing in his right ear), click below:

To watch Keith Moon’s last TV interview (on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America in 1978, a few months before his death), click below:

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame To Open Annex In New York City

Posted in Music, Rock Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2008 by John Curley

The Cleveland, OH-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is slated to open a 25,000-square-foot annex this November at 76 Mercer Street in the Soho section of New York City. Advance tickets will be available through in October.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said:

“New York City has a longstanding reputation as the land of opportunity for aspiring artists and musicians, and as a result some of the most internationally celebrated musical performers of this Century have had their start right here on our streets. It’s only fitting that the role our City has played in launching the careers of so many of the world’s most talented artists be recognized and honored with the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex.”

The New York City annex will feature artifacts from the museum’s huge collection.

It seems like the annex will be worth a look. I have not been to the Hall of Fame in Cleveland yet, so I’m curious to see what will be housed in the annex. I’d love to see Keith Moon’s “Pictures of Lily” drumkit.

In addition to New York City, it would make a lot of sense for the Hall of Fame to open a second annex in London, given that city’s huge contribution to the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

More information is available in articles from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Web site at and The New York Times‘ Web site at


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