In Mid-August 1978, the Who released their album Who Are You. On the cover, Keith Moon is seated on a chair, where the back had the words “not to be taken away”.
Sadly, that would be the case three years later, when on September 7, 1978, when the drummer known as “Moon the Loon”, died at the age of 32. He was discovered by model Annette Walter-Lax, whom he was dating at the time. Moon’s death would be the result of an overdose of Heminevrin, a medication the drummer was prescribed to curb his cravings for alcohol. In fact, according to many sources including the 2006 show Final 24, there was 32 pills in Moon’s system, 26 of which were undissolved. Other facts surrounding Moon’s passing, included the fact it occurred in the same London flat where Mama Cass Elliott died in 1974, and prior to that, he and Walter-Lax had attended a screening of the Buddy Holly Story, hosted by Paul and Linda McCartney.
The Small Faces/Faces drummer Kenney Jones would take over the Who’s new drummer later on, but Moon’s legacy as one of the greatest drummer in rock history, and whose influence stretches far and wide. He would inspired everything from musicians including Dave Grohl and The Jam, to even the Muppets’ very wild character Animal. And more importantly, Moon was described by one author as “to the drum to what Jimi Hendrix was to the guitar”. And as still one of the most talked about music legends of all time, he is.