British Drummer, 1946 – 1978, best known as the drummer for The Who during their most creative period. At his peak (circa 1970), Moon was probably the finest rock drummer that ever was. He was one of the first drummers to employ an extended drum kit (two bass drums, etc.) – more unusually, he had a style that could actually make full use of all the extra equipment. (Listen to “Cobwebs and Strange” off “A quick one” to get some idea of what Moon was capable of – not exactly a drum solo, but the closest thing he ever recorded to one.) His ability was progressively eroded by substance abuse and a destructive lifestyle up to his death in 1978. His passing effectively marked the end of The Who, although they released two more albums of original material (with Kenny Jones as drummer) and have continued to tour intermittently since.
One of my greatest regrets is not seeing a performance by The Who with Keith Moon at his peak.
The single greatest drummer and rock star of all time. Played for The Who. He lived a reckless, care free life that eventually led to his death at age 31 of a drug overdose on September 7th, 1978. He was known for blowing up his drum set, and also kicking it over a lot. Singuarly the greatest musician to ever live.
Don't take my word for it, go out and buy Tommy or Live At Leeds.
2 words, "A legend!", no, really, once drummer for the who, but died in new york 3 1/2 months after a reenactment gig they did for "the kids are alright" in 1979. this man was also crazy, I mean crazy, this is the sort of guy who threw cherry bombs down upon police officers from his hotel room window, and once, in Saskatoon, Canada, got so bored he resorted to chopping ALL his hotel furniture into kindling.
The most (literally) insane and crazy drummer the world has ever known. Pretty much the first legit Punk Rocker. Infamous for eating goldfish, exploding drum sets, and throwing Televisions out of hotel windows. Oh, and revolutionizing drums in rock n' roll. Known to be an inspiration of John Bonham, who also kicks ass.
The Who still kick ass - but not NEARLY as much without Keith Moon's presence on stage!