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Friday, April 03, 2009

When Drummers Die at 32

The Who's former drummer Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin's John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham died young. Moonie died in 1978 at the age of 32. Bonham died in 1980 at the age of 32. Both men had unique styles and had much more to potentially contribute. Unfortunately, with their early exit we can only wonder how they might have influenced future drummers.

Keith Moon got away with murder with his style and it's safe to say it was one-of-a-kind and not ever to be recycled. Bonham had a great sense of time and was more traditional yet never boring or really predictable. Bonham's influence would have surpassed Keith Moon's, but having said that, the Who was never the same without Keith, even when one of drumming's grand masters--Simon Phillips--toured with them.


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