An important piece of rock and roll history is to be offered at Bonhams this December. One of Keith Moon’s earliest drum kits, a 1964 Ludwig Super Classic, carries an estimate of £15,000-20,000 and is a highlight of the forthcoming Entertainment Memorabilia Sale to be held on December 10th in Bonhams Knightsbridge salerooms.
Moon first used this kit in 1964 in a fledgling band called the High Numbers, later that year renamed The Who. The band appeared at the Scene Club in central London on 22nd July 1964 where Moon used this kit; the last known date of use was 23rd May 1965, for The Who’s recorded appearance on ABC TV’s popular show, ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’. This was Moon’s second kit whilst with The Who, replacing the blue Premier kit he had used from 1961.
Indisputably one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, Keith Moon’s legacy endures not only because of his uniquely brilliant drumming style, but also his wild, often self-destructive behaviour. Not long into his career with The Who, Moon developed a reputation for smashing his kit on stage and destroying hotel rooms on tour. He was fascinated by blowing up toilets with cherry bombs or dynamite, and by destroying television sets. A hyperactive personality, only happy when touring and socialising, he quickly became one of the most notorious characters in the music scene.
Other items of The Who at the auction include:
The Who: Oilver Reed’s blazer from the film , ‘Tommy’
The Who: Keith Moon’s leather jacket
The Who: John Entwistle’s fur coat
The Who: A Set Of Autographs, Probably Circa 1965