February 23, 2017 at 7:25 pm , by Bryan
So far, this website has only touched briefly on the musical side of Keith Moon. We have focused primarily on his personality and wild antics. I am thinking that these next few posts will concentrate on the real reason Keith Moon is famous. His drumming.
I thought I would start with some background I was able to find on Keith’s formal training. Keith always claimed to have received no formal training and essentially, there was almost none. But for what little training he did get, there is a story…
At 16 years old Keith saw a local band with a very talented 24 year old drummer named Carlo Little who was also from Wembley. Keith was excited and impressed by Carlo. For those who have never heard of Carlo, he was one of the first drummers for the early Rolling Stones as well as a self taught drummer. He was described as one of the “best and loudest drummers” at that time. He also never formally taught drums to anyone before or after Keith. Most importantly, Carlo had never received any formal training of his own. He was an autodidact.
Carlo only agreed to teach Keith because Keith approached him after a show and offered him 10 shillings per 30 minute lesson, and Carlo was broke at the time. They met about 5 or 6 times and that was the last time Keith Moon had any lessons on the drums.
What did Keith learn during these 30 minute drum lessons? Carlo taught in layman’s terms things like a paradiddle and how it enabled a drummer to lift alternate arms at the top of each beat while keeping a continuous roll.
Among the lasting advice Keith received from Carlo was to hit the drums with everything he had and as fast as he could within the beat. He also advised Keith to sometimes go off the beat, and then come back on to fit the song. In music, this is called syncopation.
He also learned that if he got his bass drum together, it would serve as a foundation for his drumming.
“He was keen and eager,” remembers Carlo. “I remember he came back one week and he’d got off what I’d shown him. So he was obviously listening to what I was telling him.”
When we talked it wasn’t for more than a few minutes, and it was always about the drums.”
Carlo has admitted that he was never that impressed with Keith. “I thought nothing more of it, just a young lad called Keith.”
Well, Carlo, it seems that Keith took your brief lessons pretty well and ultimately got his drumming act together. I mean, considering he’s one of the greatest drummers of all time, and is in the rock and roll hall of fame and all…
May 8, 2014 at 7:25 am , by Bryan
Keith Moon is a legend. Every drummer worth his salt knows this. He had a style and talent that is unique and all his own. There have been many great drummers both before and after Keith, but besides being great, he was the drummer for The Who. That alone would be enough to warrant a movie about his life. But Keith’s story is so much bigger than even that. Everyone who knew him speaks with such reverence about his extremes. He was very funny, spontaneous, frustrating and juvenile, and an overall extremist. He lived such a full life despite the fact that it was cut short at the age of 32.
That is why when I heard that Roger Daltrey was producing a biopic of Keith’s life I was incredibly excited. This is a project that should have been made years ago. I had my hopes set very high for this movie. I feel that if anyone can put together a high quality, true portrayal of Keith’s life, it would be Roger. And Mike Myers was to play Keith! It was going to be perfect!
Unfortunately, I just read that this project has recently stalled. Why oh why!?!? Well I just feel that this is unacceptable! I cannot sit on my hands and do nothing when the best opportunity for such an important film goes belly up. With this in mind, I have created a petition to send to the film’s production team to let them know that, we the people will not be denied this valuable historical production. I ask you to please take a moment to sign the petition to get this project back on track. If they see enough names, perhaps it will help find the needed reserves to get this thing back on track.
April 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm , by Bryan
The organizers of the 2012 Olympics have reportedly inquired about The Who drummer, Keith Moon’s availability to perform at the Games. They reached out to The Who’s manager Bill Curbishley.
If Keith is not available, they may try to reach George Harrison and John Lennon to complete a Beatles reunion.
September 21, 2011 at 7:23 am , by Bryan
In 1967, The Beatles were asked to represent the UK for a global satellite broadcast called Our World.
The event required The Beatles to create a song with a “simple message” that would be easily understood by all languages and translations.
They would record it live in the studio for the satellite broadcast on June 25.
The group decided to write a little song called “All You Need Is Love”. They chose it because they felt it had the simple message that the Our World event wanted to convey. John Lennon finalized the song in the days leading up to the broadcast.
The group sent out word that they wanted a live audience in the London area to help with background vocals and hand claps during the recording.
Not surprisingly, when the broadcast date finally arrived they wound up with a few high profile musicians showing up, including:
- Mick Jagger
- Keith Richards
- Eric Clapton
- Graham Nash
- and of course, Keith Moon…
Keith and his wife Kim spent the day singing backup and clapping to the beat. I posted a video of the event
but I could not locate Keith in it. **** 11/9/11 Update: An eagle eyed reader named Per has pointed out that Keith can be seen playing percussion at 3:33 on the video. Check the bottom right corner for about 2 seconds or so. After I received this info, I was able to figure out that Keith actually can be seen throughout the video, every time Ringo is shown (albeit not very clearly). Keith is sitting right next to Ringo and is actually playing drums alongside him. It seems that Ringo had him playing the brush sticks instead of his usual heavy wood drumsticks. I don’t blame Ringo for putting Keith on the brushes. Keith might have otherwise taken over the entire recording. The rest of the Beatles might have then voted to replace Ringo with Keith Moon, kind of like they did to Pete Best a few years earlier.
I am posting a couple of pictures here of Keith and Kim at the event including a shot with Brian Epstein (The Beatles manager). The fact that Keith was part of the recording for one of the great Beatles songs of all time is just another cool Keith Moon nugget I needed to share.
Video of the event below:
August 30, 2011 at 8:49 am , by Bryan
Just a quick bit of news today…
The star of HBO’s ‘Entourage,’ Jeremy Piven announced to Fox News that he is interested in portraying Keith Moon some time in the future. Interesting news. Perhaps this is a calculated statement to throw his name into the mix? It seems to me that he has the same problem as Mike Myers. He is 46 years old and Keith died at 33.
This news just missed what would have been Moon’s 65th birthday on Aug 23. Well, we will just have to see what happens. I will keep you posted.
August 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm , by Bryan
But his absence is what makes this video great.
July 17, 2011 at 9:49 am , by Bryan
Despite the fact that as of right now the Keith Moon Movie project might currently be stalled, there seems to be quite a bit of discussion over who should play Keith. Originally it was going to be Mike Myers, but at this point, Mike is pushing 50. Despite the great leaps in special effects and makeup, he seems a bit long in the tooth to play someone who died at the age of 33. There are many who strongly believe that he is just too old at this point, like this Facebook Group, or this IMDB thread. It also does not seem to be on his radar as there has been no update from him since 2008 or so.
The other name who keeps popping up is Jason Schwartzman. He certainly resembles a younger and thinner Keith Moon.
It turns out that besides being a talented actor, Jason is actually supposed to be a pretty good drummer as well.
So far I have not found any official word that Jason has ever even considered this, so its seems its only internet chatter. Too bad.
A view point I have noticed based on some of the comments on the petition page is that the person who plays Keith should be a Brit. I actually favor this viewpoint. Now, I am American, and I love the movies we pump out on a regular basis. We have great actors and I am sure an American would do a great job, but in the interest of purity, I would LOVE to see a Brit play Keith. It just makes sense. Also, there is nothing worse than an American who puts on a bad English accent. I remember reading that JK Rowling absolutely insisted that the roles of Harry, Hermione, and Ron go to Brits when they were making the first Harry Potter movie, and you could not have asked for a better outcome.
In fact, if you changed Rupert Grint’s hair color and add a little makeup, he might just pass for Keith Moon. I have no idea if Rupert’s accent is the right British accent. I know there are many shades. But I believe he would pull it off perfectly. He has definitely proven himself as an actor with the Ron Weasley role.
June 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm , by Bryan
I am not really sure what to make of this one but…
On July 1, 2011 the children’s book parody, “Goodnight Keith Moon” by Bruce Worden and Clare Cross will be available for order. It is a parody of the 1947 children’s classic “Goodnight Moon.”
To be honest, I was a bit taken aback when I first saw it. Its kind of morbid in that it portrays the room where Keith has just died (and manages to drag Mama Cass into the whole thing, as she coincidentally died in the very same room a few years earlier). Really, I cant begin to explain it, you just have to read it for yourself. On the positive side, its a dead on parody of “Goodnight Moon”. Otherwise its kind of disturbing and a bit too morose. I kept trying to find something I liked in it but it never really happened. What do you guys think?