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Olympics wanted deceased Keith Moon to play at closing ceremony

The Who was started in London and is one of the greatest bands of all time, so it’s understandable why Olympics organizers wanted the band’s drummer to participate in the closing ceremony for the Games. Only one problem: Drummer Keith Moon has been dead since 1978. That tiny detail didn’t stop organizers from reaching out to the band’s manager, however.

“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’,” the band’s longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, told the Sunday Times. “If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him.”

Moon lived an extravagant lifestyle and died at 32 from a pill overdose. He was known for his partying ways and crazy antics, which included notoriously blowing up toilets at hotels where he was staying. If Olympics organizers still want the drummer from The Who to perform at the closing ceremony, maybe they should contact Zak Starkey, who has filled that position since 1996.

H/T Rolling Stone
Note: This post also appeared on Medal Detector


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  • Anonymous

    Wow, are they kidding? Frankly, I’m glad I’m not planning to attend these games. If their management is so out of touch they’re inviting people to perform that died 34 years ago, what else have they screwed up? Maybe they can get Jimi Hendrix to play the National Anthem. Who’s their head of security, J. Edgar Hoover?

  • http://twitter.com/HoboMonky Rich

    with todays technology there is no reason Kieth Moon could still not provide a digital experience.  there is enough video and audio to do so.  I would love to see him on a giant screen in black in white playing something arranged by a top animator and editor.  could his family not use the money, i know I would love an opportunity to still be working long after I am gone! LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1496534804 Julie Militscher Porowski

    It just shows you the dunderheads that are running things these days. Lord have mercy!

  • Anonymous

    must be a government run program. nobody else is that ignorant.