BBC Radio 2 looks back on the life of Keith Moon

Keith Moon, The Who’s late drummer, was the subject of a BBC Radio 2 special that marked the 33rd anniversary of his death.

By John Curley

Last night, BBC Radio 2 broadcast a 60-minute special that looked back on the wild life of The Who’s late drummer Keith Moon. The broadcast came on the eve of the 33rd anniversary of Moon’s death in London. Titled I’m Keith Moon, What’s Your Excuse?, the special can now be heard on demand on the BBC Radio 2 Web site for the next six days from today (Wednesday, September 7th).

Narrated by actor Phil Daniels, who portrayed Jimmy the Mod in the 1979 film version of The Who’s Quadrophenia, the special features archive interviews with Moon as well as The Who’s other members—Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, and Moon’s replacement as The Who’s drummer, Kenney Jones. Associates of The Who, such as their one-time publicist Keith Altham, are also heard from. Moon’s tale is quite interesting, but ultimately ended in his untimely death. Moon died in the same London flat where Cass Elliot of The Mamas and Papas had passed away four years before. The flat was owned by the singer Harry Nilsson.

To listen to the program, go to and click the “Listen Now” audio link.

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