Roger Daltrey doesn’t know why Keith Moon wanted to join the Who
Roger Daltrey said he had no idea why Keith Moon wanted to join The Who as he recalled the drummer’s impressive stage audition.
The group were already rising stars on the London music scene when the future member asked to try out in a hotel, which changed their futures.
“He was part of a band that did Beach Boys covers – and of course in 1963 the Beach Boys were popular,” said Daltrey. BBC Radio Scotland in a recent interview. “We were all in the blues and all that heavy stuff… I never got to ask him what made him think about coming and wanting to be our drummer, because we were so different.”
He continued, “We were playing with a session drummer that we used for the night at the whopping price of two pounds. And all of a sudden he walked into the limelight with shiny red hair, and some kind of shiny red suit, with those big, big eyes – they were very, very dark, and they were very round. … He said, ‘I heard you were looking for a drummer. Do you think I could give it a try? We asked the guy who played the drums, “Would you mind that kid getting up and trying your kit?” And the guy said, “No, no, sure,” so he paused and we left. . “
“I will never be able to forget the song we played… ‘Road Runner’ by Bo Diddley. Halfway through it was just the way he played the drums, the rhythms he played, just got us driving. Instead of being exactly like the record … it jumped into another area, and it was like I said: it was like starting a jet engine. He doubled the time, then Pete [Townshend] started the guitar a little louder, and it just started what we called “drive”. We were driving the music through the fans, and he was the missing link. Of course, in two years everything had taken off and we had our first hit record. “
Daltrey then reflected on his relationship with Moon, admitting that he “tried and tried” to keep the drummer from falling into drug addiction. “I became very close to Keith in the last two years of his life,” the singer explained. “My relationship with him was very different from most people. We were sort of arch enemies at the beginning, and very close at the end, and I think he came close to me because I was the only constant in his life. “
“I didn’t take drugs; I was not an alcoholic, “Daltrey continued.” John [Entwistle] was an alcoholic and drug addict at the time, Pete was an alcoholic at the time. I was the only straight in the group trying to stay the course with three addicts, and it was hard work.
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