Tag Archive | The Who

Keith Moon’s Pictures of Lily Drumkit

Keith Moon Drumkit
All Photos By Gail

If you can make it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art before the October 1st, 2019 closing date of its attendance record-setting exhibit, Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll you will find that it is so much more than just a collection of famous guitars. For me, the Oh, Wow factor is summed up in the true work of art that is Keith Moon’s Pictures of Lily Drumkit circa 1967. Jesus god, look at this beautiful thing. Just look at it.

Pictures of Lily Drumkit

Inspired by the song of the same title, Pictures of Lily is nine-piece Premier kit — comprised of a snare, two bass (or kick) drums (which are reproductions of the originals), three floor toms and two mounted (rack) toms, with two Paiste cymbals, which appear to be one ride and one crash — with custom artwork.

Pictures of Lily Floor Tom Detail
Floor Toms Artwork Detail

Keith Moon received this drum set at the beginning of The Who’s 1967 U.S. Tour and used it extensively for the performances that followed. The artwork features nude photos of Lily Langtry, the subject of the single “Pictures of Lily.” The psychedelic design incorporates a Union Jack and the text “Keith Moon Patent British Exploding Drummer,” a reference to Moon’s tendency to pack his drums with shells and flash powder in order to detonate them onstage.

Keith Moon Kick Drum
Kick Drum Reproduction, Detail 

The two original bass drums are lost, possibly destroyed by Moon’s pyrotechnics.

Keith Moon Drumkit

Keith Moon Pictures of Lily Snare Drum
Snare Drum, Detail

Photographed as Part of Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll, on Exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum Art in NYC Through October 1st, 2019.

RIP Studio Legend Andy Johns

Andy Johns

Andy Johns, who famously produced or engineered ground breaking albums by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull and The Rolling Stones, to name but a few, has passed away on April 7th, 2013. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, although Johns had recently been hospitalized with liver ailments.

Andy Johns was part of an amazing musical legacy that included his older brother, producer Glyn Johns, who famously worked with The Who (among a laundry list of legends). His sons Ethan and Will Johns are working musicians and his nephew, Evan Johns (son of Glyn) is also a producer.

Many years ago, I had the opportunity to interview Andy Johns when I was hired to write a bio for an indie band whose record he had produced. The band’s management and publicist were completely clueless about how to effectively spin this band and it was my idea to add John’s input to the bio. He was fun to talk to and definitely knew his shit.

Sadly, the group’s handlers disagreed with the artistic slant I put on the bio, another writer was brought in and I was paid a kill fee for my efforts. Hilariously, when I eventually received a finished copy of the band’s album, along with the new bio, I did notice that direct quotes pulled from my interview with Johns were integrated into the new piece, with no credit to me. What a bunch of dicks. Andy Johns was 61 years old. RIP, Andy.

RIP Former Who Manager Chris Stamp

Chris Stamp and Roger Daltrey
Chris Stamp with Roger Daltrey (Image Source )

From Ultimate Classic Rock:

Chris Stamp, who co-managed The Who during their rise to rock stardom and released the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first single and album via his Track Records label, has died of cancer at age 70.

According to Billboard, Stamp passed away Saturday night (Nov. 24) at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital. He met the Who while making a film about the rise of rock music in England, and went on to become the group’s co-manager alongside Kit Lambert. The pair worked with the group until their dismissal in 1975, with Stamp also earning production credits on Who albums including Magic Bus and Quadrophenia.

Stamp and Lambert (who died in 1981) formed Track Records in 1968 and released Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold as Love and other classic albums by Hendrix along with records from The Who, Arthur Brown and Golden Earring.

After reportedly conquering his own substance abuse problems in 1987, Stamp began a new career as an addiction counseling therapist. He reconnected with the Who in later years by participating in documentaries and writing liner notes for re-releases of their classic albums.

The Who paid tribute to Stamp both on their official website and from the stage, with singer Roger Daltrey telling the crowd at the group’s Detroit concert Saturday night their former manager was a person “without whom we wouldn’t be the band we were.”

Stamp is the brother of actor, Terence Stamp.

Keith Moon Tattoo

Keith Moon Tattoo

I love Keith Moon and everything, and this tatt is a pretty realistic likeness, but…I’m not sure how I feel about it. Keith’s face has a little bit of an Ed Grimley thing going on. It is kind of creeping me out. What do you think?

Happy Birthday, Roger Daltrey!

Happy Birthday to The Who’s Roger Daltrey, born on March 1st, 1944! I had such a hard crush on him when I was 12.

Keith Moon Runs Over Bodyguard

On This Date, January 4th, in 1970: Who drummer Keith Moon accidentally ran over and killed his friend and bodyguard Neil Boland while trying to escape a gang of skinheads outside of a pub in Hatfield, U.K. Although Boland’s death was ruled an accident and no criminal charges were ever brought against him, those close to Keith say he was haunted by the accident for the rest of his life.

Happy Posthumous Birthday, Keith Moon


Goodnight, Moon (Image Source)

Who drummer Keith Moon was born on this day, August 23rd, in 1946. The photo above was taken on the occasion of Keith’s 21st Birthday in 1967. Legend has it that Moon’s birthday party celebration got wildly out of control and, in an trying to avoid the police, Keith climbed into a  Lincoln Continental Limousine (the exact car model is up for debate) and attempted to make a getaway. Unfortunately, in his intoxicated state he released the handbrake, and began rolling towards the pool. Moon simply sat back and waited, as the car crashed through the fence around the pool and into the water. RIP, Keith, you are still missed.

The Who Open For Herman’s Hermits

On This Date, July 14th in 1967: The Who kicked off their first large scale U.S. tour at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon as the opening act for Herman’s Hermits.

Happy 65th Birthday, Pete Townshend!


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Pete Townshend, guitarist for The Who turns 65 today. Happy Birthday Pete and thanks for all the great music, which is still better than 100% of the pop music being produced today!

The Who Record Pinball Wizard


Pinball Wizard Picture Sleeve (German Release)

On This Date, February 7th in 1969: The Who recorded “Pinball Wizard” at Morgan Studios in London. Although it was not one of songwriter Pete Townshend’s favorites, it went on to become by far the most popular song from the rock opera, Tommy, reaching #4 in the UK charts and #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. “Pinball Wizard” remains part of The Who’s live set to this day. Perhaps they will perform it later today when they provide musical entertainment for the half time show at the Super Bowl (aka The Stupid Bowl), which I will be doing everything in my power to avoid watching!