Originally Posted by MisterZero
I'm 46. Keith Moon was a bit before me, but not much. I grew up thinking he was good. It wasn't really until my mid 30s, when I began playing Who cover tunes, when I realized how bad he seemed. I would listen to the drums of certain songs and think, "wow that was terrible". Then, I tried to find good, solid pieces of work from him, any live videos, recordings, and I came up empty. In fact, does anyone here have an impressive solo,or live song where Moon shines? I have scoured Youtube for ANYTHING by Keith Moon that would impress me. Nothing. Go ahead and try it, you'll see what I mean. His solos are as good as any 4th year student drummer can do. There's just nothing there....Just my 2 cents, I could always be wrong.
What, there are tons of great Keith Moon stuff on You tube etc. It clearly isn't in your taste (hence thinking he was terrible) listen to this, he replicated the vast majority of this song (with the odd drum lick sounding a bit different when the guitar goes on one). The song Bargain is notorious for one of Keith Moon's best and most consistent drum sound. A lot of skill went into the drumming here and out of reach of a 4th grade drummer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzeq-tEmQmQ
He's using the drums as a lead instrument (as if it is lead guitar playing) and not just providing the beat. Also get the "The Who At The Isle Of White". That's a fantastic concert.