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Keith Moon to play at the London Olympics?
« on: April 14, 2012, 11:31:18 AM »
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/olympics-organizers-ask-keith-moon-to-play-closing-ceremony-20120413#ixzz1s1GxDHEy

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/keith-moon-drummer-died-1978-invited-play-olympics-173439598.html

thought I would have seen this in the Onion

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Keith Moon, The Who drummer who died in 1978, was invited to play at the Olympics
By Chris Chase | Fourth-Place Medal 21 hours ago
 
(AP)
Ever since Beijing put on one of the most spectacular coordinated displays in human history at the 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremony, observers have wondered how London could possibly improve on it. This would be a start.
Organizers for the 2012 ceremony recently asked the manager of The Who if legendary drummer Keith Moon would be able to perform at the London Games. It was a fine idea, except that Moon has been dead for 34 years.
Bill Curbishley told The Times how he responded to the request.
"I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to The Who's anthemic line 'I hope I die before I get old,'" he said. "If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him."
That's well done, Bill. Well done.

The surviving members of The Who, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend, still tour and are expected to play some role in the Olympic festivities. Nothing against the band who gave the world "Quadrophenia" and "Tommy," but if you're going to go for big names to play at the Olympics, why not try and get John Lennon and George Harrison to stage a Beatles reunion? Go for the gold, as they say.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols turned down an invitation to play the Closing Ceremony. No excuse was reported. Whatever it was, I doubt it was as good as Moon's.

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Olympics Organizers Ask Keith Moon to Play Closing Ceremony
The Who drummer has been dead since 1978
   

Organizers of the London Olympics approached the Who's manager to inquire about having Keith Moon play at an Olympics event despite the drummer being dead for nearly 34 years, the Sunday Times reports.

"I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the Who's anthemic line 'I hope I die before I get old'," the band's longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, told the Times. "If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him."

Moon died in 1978 at the age of 32 from an an accidental overdose of prescription pills. The Olympics organizers wanted the late drummer to take part in the Symphony of Rock, a celebration of British pop culture that will be part of the Games' closing ceremony on August 12th.



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