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The organizers of the London Olympics committed a rather egregious fail recently after asking the Who's longtime manager, Bill Curbishley, if the band's former drummer Keith Moon would be available for the Symphony of Rock, an ode to British culture scheduled for the closing ceremonies on August 12. Curbishley responded that he didn't think that would be possible, considering Moon has been dead since the Carter administration.
"I emailed back 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,'" Curbishley whimsically (and rather Britishly) told the Sunday Times. Curbishley also suggested that London Olympics organizers could contact him if they had "a round table, some glasses, and candles."
Moon died of an accidental overdose of the prescription drug Heminevrin at the age of thirty-two in 1978 (fun fact: his last words to his girlfriend reportedly were, "In the morning you will make me steak and eggs. If you don't like it, you can just get the fuck out"). So it wasn't like the London Olympics organizers were just longtime holdout skeptics of a Twitter death hoax; for the past thirty years or so, his passing has served as the basis of thousands of cautionary tales and jokes about rock stars choking on their own vomit. Guess the Olympics organizers haven't checked out the children's bedtime story classic Goodnight Keith Moon recently.