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Subject: Re: Keith Moon

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Date Posted: Tue September 22, 2020 06:02:04
In reply to: Mulligan 's message, "Re: Keith Moon" on Sun September 20, 2020 08:36:29

You could say something similar about Keith Moon. He overdosed on pills that he was taking to stop him drinking. Keith had seemingly noticed that his drumming was suffering, which was something that hadn't happened up until that point (okay, him passing out at his kit aside... LOL). Moon in 1975-1976 was still a powerhouse drummer, but Who Are You is noticeably lacklustre from a drumming perspective, with the exception of the brilliant title track, and the two shows The Who did to film tracks for The Kids Are Alright don't portray Keith as the world's finest rock drummer, a title to which he could have confidently laid claim.

The Who were talking about replacing Keith, and for the first time ever, he was trying to get himself in order. Sadly, and with bitter irony, trying to get clean (or close to it) was what killed him.

Keith Moon's story is one of self destructive excess, yes. He was an absolute madman, and at times seemingly not a very good person, but those who were close to him maintain there was a lot of good in him, and that had he been born years later, he almost certainly would have been diagnosed with something akin to bipolar disorder. He was arguably the most brilliant rock drummer ever to live, and for whatever reason, he felt an immense pressure to constantly live up to the legend that was "Moon The Loon." It's a sad tale, and it's frustrating that we never got to see a more mature, focused, sober Keith Moon.

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