Keith Moon

beatdat

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He was something, indeed. But his meter always made it hard to play along to. Still, he was as good live as he was in the studio.
 
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C.M. Jones

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Exceptional musician. Very troubled man. It's sad that those characteristics so often accompany each other, but unlocking creativity and insight can also conjure demons of self-destruction. Average people rarely penetrate the surface of reality, while immense talent can dive so deep that coming up for air is impossible. That's sometimes the price that has to be paid for a life committed to art.
 
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Darth Vater

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Which is precisely why attempting to emulate him is a waste of time. If you're doing a Who cover, make it your own. Anything else will fall short of the original.
Some truth to that to be sure but I managed to steal a few licks of his as I was coming up in the biz. I think I wore out the grooves of the Sparks song on live at leeds. Some phenomenal drumming there! :oops:
 

C.M. Jones

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Some truth to that to be sure but I managed to steal a few licks of his as I was coming up in the biz. I think I wore out the grooves of the Sparks song on live at leeds. Some phenomenal drumming there! :oops:

Oh, sure. I guess we can all borrow some Moon chops here and there. He was just so unique (and, in some ways, unorthodox) that we're hard-pressed to find a home in his outlandish style of drumming.
 
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He was a natural, an original. I wish that he had a drum set at Tara House and shredded with all that time off. Instead, he slowly destroyed himself with booze and drugs. I have the Tony Fletcher book, and am amazed at all the stories! I loved his playing on all the Who albums. I even purchased the remastered "Two Sides Of The Moon" just to have it in his honor.
To me, stylistically, he was the Elvin Jones of Rock drummers with his rolling, tumbling, galloping playing. Even Tony Williams loved him!

Just my $0.02
 

pocket player

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He was a natural, an original. I wish that he had a drum set at Tara House and shredded with all that time off. Instead, he slowly destroyed himself with booze and drugs. I have the Tony Fletcher book, and am amazed at all the stories! I loved his playing on all the Who albums. I even purchased the remastered "Two Sides Of The Moon" just to have it in his honor.
To me, stylistically, he was the Elvin Jones of Rock drummers with his rolling, tumbling, galloping playing. Even Tony Williams loved him!

Just my $0.02
your $0.02 just purchased alot of truth ! Well said!
 
Like ssssoooooo many wonderfully talented musicians and personalities, self destruction seems to go hand in hand with their talents. RIP Keith Moon. He was instrumental in that he just went off on a different path while playing drums... hell he just didn't keep a beat and play fills, he was MUSICAL in all respects. Listen to Tommy ......
 

BobC

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I've said this before, but Keith Moon is the reason I'm playing drums today. He was my first rock drumming hero and the reason I wrote my book.

There simply was no one like Keith, and that holds true to this day. It's just a shame his excesses did him in, and that he's probably remembered more today for his shenanigans than his musicality. His death in 1978 hit me hard, but I knew it was coming.

Contrary to popular opinion, he could play good time when he wanted to.
 

Huw Owens

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I've said this before, but Keith Moon is the reason I'm playing drums today. He was my first rock drumming hero and the reason I wrote my book.

There simply was no one like Keith, and that holds true to this day. It's just a shame his excesses did him in, and that he's probably remembered more today for his shenanigans than his musicality. His death in 1978 hit me hard, but I knew it was coming.

Contrary to popular opinion, he could play good time when he wanted to.

Yes he could.

The number of isolated drum tracks on YouTube these days disproves many of the myths about Keith.

It turns out he had good time, didn’t play start to finish solos over every song, knew where all the accents were that needed to be hit, and had great dynamics.

I have an even greater appreciation for him now that when I was young, & he was my biggest hero.

His decline was sad, but even then he could be awesome - the studio take of Who Are You absolutely kills. The final shows at Sheperton & Kilburn not so much…
 

Bozozoid

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I remember how Keith's style impressed me..he was wild..energetic..but also intentional. He gave me hope that reckless abandon could actually work but I had a problem. His worked mine didn't. That's when I thought he's got control in his abandon..its deceiving. In all of his craziness he knows what he's doing. There goes my back to the drawing board moment. You can't work to be like Keith..you had to be Keith. It was a bit of a let down for me and my admiration became even bigger.
 

DrumEatDrum

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I remember how Keith's style impressed me..he was wild..energetic..but also intentional. He gave me hope that reckless abandon could actually work but I had a problem. His worked mine didn't. That's when I thought he's got control in his abandon..its deceiving. In all of his craziness he knows what he's doing. There goes my back to the drawing board moment. You can't work to be like Keith..you had to be Keith. It was a bit of a let down for me and my admiration became even bigger.
I hear ya.

At times I've debated looking for a Who tribute band, as they are my favorite band of all time.

But I can't stand playing like Moon. Trying to play that wild, that many fills, or where it's not really a beat as it is a rolling rhythm across the kit...it's exhausting! Not just physically exhausting, but mentally exhausting as well.

I recall Neil Peart saying once a long time ago in a Modern Drummer interview he grew up wanting to play like Moon, but when he got the chance, it didn't fit him. Neil liked to be organized, and playing like Moon doesn't fit that.

Kenny Jones has said when he joined The Who, there was no point in trying to replicate Moon, it couldn't be done, so he didn't even try (which pleased Pete, and pissed off Rodger, but that's another story).
 
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