The Who’s Keith Moon, who died tragically in 1978 of a drug overdose, is, unfortunately, still dead. But that didn’t stop the organizers of the Olympic Games from asking if Moon would be able to perform with his bandmates this summer in London. I’m not really sure how this happened either.
Apparently Bill Curbishley, the manager for The Who — which now consists of just two original members, Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey — was asked if Moon would be “available to play” the opening ceremony. Curbishley, in typically sarcastic English fashion, said he replied that “Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the Who’s anthemic line ‘I hope I die before I get old.’ If they have a around table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him.”
How these Olympic organizers — some of whom, I assume, are British — managed this is beyond me. Even cursory research of the band would reveal that Moon died almost 34 years ago. Also, no love for John Entwistle?
Unless, in an effort to top the Beijing ceremony in 2008, these London organizers are pulling out all the stops. Look for them to inquire about the wellness of Princess Diana, John Lennon, and Charles Darwin next. If they don’t, and this was truly an isolated incident, the guy who reached out to Curbishley should probably get fired.