Perhaps the most original drummer that ever lived, Keith Moon of The Who, sadly passed away in 1978. The official cause of death was attributed to medications in his system. The unofficial cause of death was more likely ‘being Keith Moon’. His pharmaceutical intakes were legendary, and they eventually became something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
But apparently, being bereft of life wasn’t enough to deter the organizers of the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games from inviting Mr. Moon to participate. The Olympics this year stand to be just as momentous for popular music as they are for sport, given all that the UK has contributed to 20th and 21st century music. There is a plethora of homegrown talent to choose from for the opening and closing ceremonies. Presumably, the organizers would have the luxury of hand-picking artists that are not definitely deceased.
A spokesman for The Who responded to the rather daft inquiry with the following:
“I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the Who’s anthemic line ‘I hope I die before I get old’.”
Hard to believe, but evidently there must be at least one young A&R man in London working for the Games that hasn’t yet read the final chapters of the definitive Patent British Exploding Drummer’s biography.