With typical rakish selfishness, Keith Moon has turned down an offer to be a part of the upcoming London Olympics, citing a very busy schedule of being dead. Moon—who has spent the past 34 years lying immobile, slowly decreasing in mass, and not releasing any new music of note—was approached by Olympics organizers to participate in the August 12 closing ceremony event, the Symphony Of Rock, “a celebration of British pop culture” that will involve a thousand men dressed as the Queen performing the Herman’s Hermits tune “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” before dropping their knickers, or something like that. In response, The Who’s longtime manager Bill Curbishley emailed organizers saying, “Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the Who's anthemic line 'I hope I die before I get old” (implicitly condemning Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend for their failure to do the same). Of course, these days “being dead” is no longer much of an excuse.
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