The iconic drummer The Who’s Keith Moon described as “technically perfect”

Keith Moon

As he wistfully considered what happens when he takes the stage and puts his drum kit away, Keith Moon said in 1973, “One of the great things about rock and roll music is that it’s never the same.” Never repeat a riff on stage. No matter how natural his innovations were, the restless percussionist always pondered how to improve upon the original. In his later years, Moon may have grown weary of the same old conversations, but he was never weary of hearing new music.

Moon took great satisfaction in being entirely instinct-driven in addition to being genuine and straightforward. His early years prevented him from devoting much time to studying the techniques of other drumming virtuosos. He quickly developed his style of playing, letting his feelings guide him and following his body wherever it led. He described himself as “the world’s best Keith-Moon-type drummer” at one point.

Moon isn’t exactly the first name you might think of when talking about the most technically proficient drummers as a result. Even though he didn’t have a background in classical jazz percussion, he still acknowledged that he wasn’t very good at it. However, his fierce delivery of the material earned him a place among the greats.

The way Moon came across in interviews was one aspect that made it difficult to comprehend the mind behind the master. Identifying what motivated him was challenging because he often gave off the impression of being cynical and occasionally playful. Perhaps Rolling Stone tried this in the early seventies, but many others received the same treatment. When he did manage to be sincere, he talked about how boring it was to give the same old answers.

Nevertheless, even though it wasn’t always his favourite topic of discussion, he occasionally shared some thoughts on his favourite musicians. Though he wasn’t technical, he thought Joe Morello was one of the greats. When asked which musicians were his favourites, he once said, “Not many,” but then he listed a few that had a lasting influence.

Elvis’s original drummer, D.J. Fontana, is one,” he remarked. “Let’s see, I got a ‘huge list, really, and all for different reasons.’ The drummers I respect are Eric Delaney and Bob Henrit [from Argent].” In terms of technique, Joe Morello excels. I don’t have a favourite drummer. And I just have a few favourite drum pieces. I would never put on a drummer’s record and claim that I loved everything he did because it is untrue.

It may not have come naturally to him to admit that he thought someone like Morello was “perfect”. However, it demonstrates how strongly he held that opinion. In the end, such accolades are a monument to Morello’s extraordinary ability and influence on the music business. Even his most doubtful colleagues had to admit this.

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