The first ever Keith Moon signature drumstick has finally been issued. TheWho.com posted the stick has been produced by Vic Firth Co., which is the world’s largest and leading manufacturer of drumsticks and mallets. Moon died at age 32 on September 7th, 1978, and according to the stick’s press release, “was posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1982, becoming only the second rock drummer to be chosen. In 2011, Moon was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers’ poll.”
The new official drumstick was produced at the invitation and with the full cooperation from the Moon estate and matches the Who drummer’s exact specifications: “The Keith Moon Signature Stick is unique in its design with the combination of a medium shaft, fast-sloping medium taper and a length just short of 16 inches. Crafted in hickory with an oval wood tip, this stick packs plenty of punch when needed and can work in a variety of musical settings.”
Moon’s daughter, 49-year-old Amanda De Wolf, said: “We wanted this new Keith Moon model to be made by the very best drumstick company. By choosing Vic Firth, we have accurately replicated the design and provided the enhanced quality that Vic Firth is renowned for.”
Keith Moon’s best friend and assistant, Dougal Butler told us Moon’s hard partying ways often got in the way of performing: “Keith never had a kit in his house — never practiced at all. And he’d only rehearse for a couple of weeks before they went on a UK, or an American tour, or a European tour and that was it.
As soon as they started rehearsing — that was it. Keith would be getting into his usual old ways of before.”