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Remembering The Amazing Who Drummer Keith Moon On The 35th Anniversary Of His Death
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Keith Moon

Keith Moon, one of the great drummers in the annals of rock and roll history with his explosive and innovative backbeat for the original incarnation of The Who, died 35 years ago today on September 7, 1978 of a prescription drug overdose.

For Moon, it ended a life that was filled with what was basically a boilerplate for the excess that was surrounded by a glorious sense of attitudinal debauchery. Moon’s sex and wanton times, alcohol imbibing and drug ingesting manifested to the point of no return, was also filled with destructive behavior that included decimating hotel rooms and basically walking around and presenting himself and the world with an outgoing personality that definitely overshadowed the classic rock The Who was brewing up during his tenure with the band, but never surpassed it. Ultimately, it metaphorically caramelized and solidified an existence, albeit brief, of a man rightfully and ever so perceptively known affectionately as “Moon the Loon.”

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Happy Birthday To Who Guitarist/Songwriter Pete Townshend
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Pete Townshend

Happy 68th Birthday today to one of the greats of rock and roll, British and otherwise, a true genius and original in his craft, who not only showed the world what he could do with an electric guitar, but what could also be done with the rock song itself in the way it could be elevated to operatic mythos and all its glories, the man, the leader of The Who, guitarist Pete Townshend.

It’s kind of incredible when you think about the work of Pete Townshend and the overall underrated kind of perception he and The Who have when it comes to one quickly rattling off the names of the great bands and musicians during the arguable golden age of electric rock and roll, the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s. For sure, there are a handful of Who songs that remain blended in with the all-time classics on compilations and classic rock radio and the like, but when you really take into account a band and a man who put so much craft, energy, scope, influence, and sweat and grit into the amount of work that made their bands what they are, Pete Townshend becomes a figurehead who towers high above the rest.

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Holiday Gift Geek Guide 2012: Music
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Holiday Gift Geek Guide 2012: Music

Lots of sonic platters of joy are ready to be served up this holiday season, and what better gift to give someone than the universal appeal of music? During this festive time, when credit card debts mount up, layaway plans become way too unmanageable, and the stress of owing money takes charge over one’s soul and wallet as the new year turns, it’s still worth the feeling one gets when one sees someone’s eyes light up when they tear the wrapping paper off a gift, positively effused with sincere delight at its contents. We all still do it, we all get by, we grumble as the new year rolls in, but it’s all worth it; gifts are cool, no doubt, gifts never go out of style, and the end result of giving someone a gift makes it all worth it. Music was no exception this year. There were some great collections for one to gnaw on, collections which run every genre and will turn even the most hard hardened curmudgeon of a Scrooge into the softest teddy bear imaginable, even if it’s only for one holiday. My holiday box set picks are below, this one goes to eleven:

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London 2012 Organizers Wanted [The Late] Keith Moon To Perform At Olympics
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Keith Moon - The Who

Even though he’s been dead for 34 years, Keith Moon, the eccentric, devil-may-care wild man known as “Moon the Loon” who drummed for the famous British rock band The Who during their glory years, still makes news on par with his crazy persona.

The UK website The Guardian is reporting that organizers for the 2012 Olympics wanted Moon to play at the opening ceremony in London, where the games are to be held this Summer.

Unbelievably, especially in this information age we live in, nobody in those circles knew that Moon had died of a sedative overdose back in 1978.

The Who’s current manager, Bill Curbishley, told the Sunday Times in London that he was approached to see if Moon would be “available” to perform with the surviving members of The Who.

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Watch Now: ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’ Teaser Trailer
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Resident Evil: Retribution

Yahoo! has premiered the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth (FIFTH!) entry in the successful video game-spawned franchise that started back in 2002.

You can watch it here below.

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MP3 Deal: $3-$5 Albums; Free Metal Samplers
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MP3 album deals

To get everyone familiarized with their new Amazon Cloud Player, Amazon offering is up 23 ALBUMS FOR $3.99 OR LESS. There are some great selections, like Beastie Boys Solid Gold Hits and Whitesnake The Definitive Collection, both of which are $2.99 each. Also, the spotlight deal on Foo Fighters Greatest Hits is still valid, so grab the album now for only $3.99 (contains exclusive track, “Have A Cigar,” a cover of the Pink Floyd song).

There’s also a 100 Albums for $5 Each sale, with selections from all music genres available at the discounted price through the end of the month. See below for my favorite picks from this sale.

Queen A Night At The Opera
The Who Who’s Next
The Ramones Greatest Hits
Pat Benatar Best Shots
Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
Soundgarden Badmotorfinger
Poison The Best Of- 20 Years Of Rock
Yes Highlights – The Very Best Of Yes
Soundtrack Tron
Soundtrack Tangled

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Geek Gear: Doctor Who Meets The Who In ‘The Whos’
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The Whos

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at Teefury today is a mash-up of Doctor Who and The Who, by artist zerobriant.

The sale at Teefury began at midnight EST (Monday, February 28, 2011) and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it’s gone from the site for good.

The design takes some of the Doctors from the Doctor Who television series, including current Doctor Matt Smith, and turns them into classic rock band The Who. Look closely and you’ll find some familiar Doctor Who items in the design.

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Flashback Video: VH1 Rock Honors – The Who
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VH1 Rock Honors - The Who

Long live rock, be it dead or alive…

While on a flight recently, I caught an airing of VH1 Rock Honors – The Who, a 2008 tribute concert to the British classic rock band that featured performances by Incubus, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Flaming Lips, Adam Sandler, and Tenacious D. The surviving members of The Who — singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend — also performed their hits “Baba O’Riley,” “Who Are You,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” and “My Generation.”

The entire concert is actually online at VH1, and you can watch it all here below.

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Watch Now: The Who’s Rock Opera ‘Tommy’
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the who tommyThe Who, the 1960s rock legends, pretty much popularized the “rock opera” with their 1969 studio release Tommy, leading the way for Quadrophenia (The Who’s second rock opera), David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and even Jesus Christ Superstar.

From The Who’s concept album came the 1975 musical film Tommy, which starred Who leader singer Roger Daltrey as the title character, a traumatized young man who doesn’t hear or see or speak, but rises to fame and iconic status thanks to his prowess at pinball.

Now, Hulu has posted the film online for free viewing for people in the United States (there’s no embed is available, so head over to Hulu to watch it). It will only be available for the next five days, so watch it while you can.

Some of the actors — namely Oliver Reed as Tommy’s stepfather — pretty much butcher the vocals on what are really great Who songs. But, there are some standout performances overall, like Who drummer Keith Moon‘s portrayal of the perverted Uncle Ernie, Tina Turner as the drug-pushing Acid Queen, and Paul Nicholas as the torturous Cousin Kevin (who thinks of some nice games while the grown-ups have all gone away). There’s also a great musical performance by guitarist Eric Clapton, as well as one by Elton John, who plays Tommy’s pinball rival.

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