The history of the Who is littered with tragic events. From Pete Townshend's abuse when he was a child to the 1979 deaths of 11 fans in Cincinnati to John Entwistle's overdose in 2000. One of the lesser known stories occurred on Jan. 4, 1970, when Neil Boland, who was Keith Moon's driver and bodyguard, was accidentally run over by Moon's Bentley.
In rock history, there are far more myths (see: The Zeppelin Shark-Groupie Incident) than cinderella stories, especially when you're talking about a band as legendary -- and decadent -- as The Who. But a rare exception took place on Nov. 20, 1973 when Who fan Scott Halpin cemented his status as one of rock's most unlikely heroes, taking the stage to fill in for drug-addled drummer Keith Moon.
Keith Moon played his final tour date with the Who on Thursday, Oct. 21, 1976 at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada. It was the final date on the band's 1976 tour. Within two years, Moon would be found dead from an overdose of Heminevrin, a sedative used to combat his alcoholism. Though Moon would perform with the Who in a couple special gigs filmed for use in the documentary, 'The Kids Are Alright,' this would be his last official Who date.
On Sept. 7, 1978, the world lost one of it's most unique children when Keith Moon left us, far too soon. Much more than simply 'the drummer for the Who,' Moon defiined the term "one of a kind" not only in his ability and style behind the drum kit, but in his utter irreverence and over the top way of life.
One of the most bizarre stories to pass our way in recent history was confirmed on Thursday. Appearing on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" late night talk show, Who singer Roger Daltrey said that yes, the organizers of the 2012 London Olympics did, in fact, try to get drummer Keith Moon to appear at the Opening Ceremony. Moon died in 1978.
Keith Moon was capable of many things. He could drive cars into swimming pools, destroy hotel rooms in a single night, create havoc whenever needed, and most importantly, play the hell out of a drum kit. One thing our beloved Moonie cannot do, however, is rise from the dead and take part in this year's London Olympics.