The legend is often well known for outselling the truth. There are other times when the legend is the truth, but obscures another story — and Keith Moon belongs in that category. And to think he was originally going to play the bugle. When Moon was recruited by the fledgling Who in after passing an audition in a pub, no one would pretend that they knew how the dangerous, essential chemistry would develop between four of the most cohesive forces rock music would ever see. Staying dead disgracefully, more likely. He was there through eight albums and around 35 singles, unforgettable to the last beat. The entertainment from that man… the humour. I mean, looking at the audience is what the singer does, he never sees the band. But I can imagine he must have taken the piss out of me something terrible! The mind boggles.
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He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians. He was posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in , becoming only the second rock drummer to be chosen, and in , Moon was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers' poll. Moon grew up in Alperton, a suburb of Wembley, in Middlesex, and took up the drums during the early s.
23rd August 1946 – 7th September 1978
As Roger Daltrey prepares to publish his long-awaited autobiography and release his compelling new solo album, The Who's singer - probably the most garlanded and most singular frontman in the annals of rock - opens up about how his recent brush with death altered his attitude towards mortality. All this in a year that sees the 40th anniversary of the band's last great studio album, Who Are You, and the 40th anniversary of the death of one of the 20th century's most notorious wild men, the thought-to-be indestructible Keith Moon. By Keith Moon was already a legend in his own Bacardi and Coke. Not just the one, mind. His antics were considered so outrageous that he made Keith Richards , Jim Morrison and Ozzy Osbourne all seem like mischievous altar boys.
The real Keith Moon was a son, a brother, a father and an insecure man. And it was this version of Keith Moon that led to his untimely death on September 7 Moon had been taking Heminevrin for some time. Heminevrin quelled the craving for alcohol, but sometimes left users in a docile and forgetful state. But it worked. In the days leading up to his death, Moon cut back on the booze. When she told him she wanted to go anyway, he changed his mind and called his dealer who delivered some cocaine.