One of my very favorite drummers of all time is Keith Moon of The Who. He is the first drummer I remember ever focusing on with my complete attention while listening to a song. I remember being simply blown away by how varied his drumming was and how he could play so much yet still carry the rhythm of the song. The way Keith interacted with The Who’s music is simply perfect and The Who were a great band because of the way Keith played. Keith had a way of intertwining with the vocals, bass and guitar that would lift the other instruments up without overpowering them. It always amazed me how he could sound so scattered and out of time, yet be so perfectly in sync with the music.
Today I’m posting a couple of videos of the amazing Keith Moon. In the first clip, members of The Who discuss Keith’s role in the band. In the second, Carmine Appice introduces an extremely rare clip of Keith Moon playing a long drum solo. There are hardly any video recordings of Keith Moon playing a drum solo, so this is a real treat. Though I do believe that Carmine Appice is incorrect when he says Keith never used a hi-hat. Enjoy!
The Who on Keith Moon
Classic Rock Drum Solos – Keith Moon