September 7th marks the 35th anniversary of the untimely passing of The Who drummer Keith Moon. It’s also the day The 2013 London Who Convention is set to commence at “Who Territory” at the Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush, London, England. The two day event will celebrate the life and times of the band through guest speakers telling some of their sordid tales, Q&A sessions with some of the infamous Who Family, rare memorabilia on show, screenings of vintage footage, and more.
There will also be an auction featuring rare Who memorabilia and merchandise including a Waterstone “Lord Kitchener” model guitar signed by Simon Townshend and possibly others, Keith Moon and Peter “Dougal” Butler flight ticket from May 10, 1972, Who I Am Autobiography signed by Pete Townshend featuring a ticket stub for the Who I Am book event at Boiler House in London, one of only two Spirit of Lily wall mounted bass drum heads and rim in existence signed by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, signed Roger Daltrey microphone, and much more.
All profits raised from the weekend event will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Tickets are still available, so if you’re going to be in London that weekend, you may want to get your tickets now. This year’s event will be streamed online and taped by London’s ME1 TV, although no televised date has been announced as of press time.
Moon died September 7, 1978 at his flat in London of an accidental overdose of heminevrin that was prescribed to combat his alcoholism. Reports indicate 32 pills were found in Moon’s system but only six contributed to his death since 26 of the pills never dissolved.
This year also marks 11 years since bassist John Entwistle passed on June 27, 2002 in Las Vegas, one day before the band was to begin their US tour. The cause of death was determined to be a heart attack induced by cocaine use.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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